On Monday, July 29, STEM-Trek will host an advanced skills workshop where participants learn about applications for artificial intelligence (AI) that support biomedical advances, economic empowerment, agricultural innovation and quality of life improvements for citizens in underserved regions.  

The activity will take place during PEARC19 in Chicago, Illinois July 28-August 1, 2019. The workshop will provide travel support for an international delegation of students and facilitator-trainers.

A STEM-Trek call for participation will be held (TBA; watch our website for updates).

As of May 1, we received support from Google (thanks, Google!) for the training team. We’re still fundraising for the balance that will, we hope, support 15 graduate engineering scholars from computer, biomedical, software, or electrical engineering programs. Ten* US and five international scholars will be selected via a call for participation launched by STEM-Trek.

Workshop Format

Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek) and Alana Romanella (Virginia …

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STEM-Trek Year In Review

By Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek)

Many thanks to those who donated to STEM-Trek in 2018; we appreciate your support very much.

Annual Report of Activities

It wasn’t an easy year for STEM-Trek. U.S. tax law changes affected the philanthropy behavior of many corporations who feared that it wouldn’t be as financially-favorable to donate to charity as it has been in the past. Even though the changes wouldn’t have mattered to some, we saw widespread stalling; some came through toward the end of the year, but very few. Instead of donating cash, they are now more likely to donate in-kind services, and/or host internship programs. Most want to see a tangible return-on-investment. Since the tone at the top impacts US corporate culture, fewer are concerned with diversity and inclusion. It was also a slow year for federal grants; they were taking up to 10 months to disburse once approved. Since STEM-Trek doesn’t …

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Ubuntu House @SC18

Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek) recently asked SC18 travel grant awardees (traveling to Dallas, Texas Nov. 9-16), “Shall we call our AirBnB South Fork or Ubuntu House?”

All she heard were crickets.

“Remember? J.R. Ewing was the lead character in the 1980’s teledrama, and South Fork was the name of his ranch.”

Again. Silence…

She began to realize this cohort was either too young to have known about the television series, Dallas, or grew up in places where it was never a ‘thing.’  They should consider themselves lucky to have avoided a decade of show-inspired “Texas Helmet Head” and massive shoulder pads. Seriously; we looked like linebackers!

So, Ubuntu House it is!

From Wikipedia: Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù])[1][2] is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity.” It is often translated as …

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XSEDE Campus Champion Marcus Bond blogs about ISC High Performance

In this blog, Marcus Bond, an XSEDE Campus Champion and professor of inorganic chemistry and x-ray crystallography at Southeast Missouri State University, shares his experience at the International Supercomputing Conference, ISC High Performance. Bond’s first ISC blog post was featured in HPCwire on June 26, 2018. All photos by Bond.

ISC Tutorial Day: Sunday

Knowledge. As a relative newcomer to the field of high performance computing (HPC), this is primarily why I attend. The last few years have been a flurry of HPC conferences, workshops, and Linux Cluster Institutes as I try to educate myself and become more conversant about supercomputing. Repetition is helpful, since it is easy to forget from one conference to …

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CHPC National Conference in Pretoria, South Africa

By Elizabeth Leake, STEM-Trek Nonprofit

The 11th South African Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) Annual National Conference convened Dec. 3-7, 2017 at the Velmore Estate Hotel south of Pretoria.

CHPC, the South African Research and Education Network (SANReN) and the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) showcased a broad range of resources and human capital development programs that supported the conference theme, “HPC Convergence with Novel Application Models for Better Service to Research and Industry.”

The event was officially opened by Phil Mjwara, Director General of the South African National Department of Science and Technology and Hina Patel, Executive Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Meraka Institute. The CHPC National Conference was called to order by CHPC Director, Happy Sithole.

More than 450, including 132 students (72 competitors and 60 posters), registered for the five-day event which included two full days of …

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SC13 BE participants (Leung, second from left. Henderson back row second from right)

News & Events

collection (2)Check out our blog, latest activities and other news from the field! 


SC21 Blogs

PEARC21 Student Program

PEARC21 Cybersecurity Careers Panel

HPDC21 Life from Sweden via Brazil!

Lovely Shout-out from Thomas J. Sterling (Indiana University)

STEM-Trek receives 2020 HPCWire Readers’ Choice Award for Workforce Diversity Leadership


DIGI-FI@PEARC19 “Blockchain for Social Good” workshop, July, 2019

PEARC17 Student Program

URISC@SC17, Nov. 11-18, 2017 Denver, Colorado-US.

HPC On Common Ground @SC16, Nov. 11-19, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah-US.

Mother Africa’s Journal” was submitted to the National Geographic “Explorer” Grant program, but they were not able to support it, unfortunately. We will seek alternate …

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