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NCSI proceeds along three synergistic but distinct routes that can be modeled as PULL, PUSH, and PERMEATE.

Regionally distributed workshops PULL faculty within a reasonable travel distance for a week of intense interdisciplinary training, collaboration, and curriculum development in computational science. Participants explore the use of modeling and visualization tools in existing courses, while stimulating creation of new courses and promoting new modes of undergraduate research. NCSI staff and participants proactively PUSH computational science and computational science education onto the agendas of professional and discipline-specific societies, offer workshops, conduct tutorials, present papers and posters, and serve on program committees. To sustain these efforts, NCSI works to PERMEATE on-going and proposed undergraduate curriculum efforts with computational science content. NCSI develops and provides interdisciplinary and discipline specific web-accessible courses for faculty enhancement, such as Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators, and resources for interactive exploration including interactive curricula, problem-based modeling modules, tools, and tutorials.

Shodor's award-winning Computational Science Education Reference Desk serves as the organizing structure for dissemination of NCSI materials.

NCSI operates in partnership with the Education, Outreach and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (EOT-PACI), The National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Clemson University, Appalachian State University, the National Computational Science Education Consortium (NCSEC), the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Sigma Xi, the North Carolina Supercomputing Center, and more than two dozen academic institutions, high performance computing centers and vendors.

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