XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by recruiting and enabling a diverse group of
students who have the skills - or are interested in acquiring the skills - to participate in the
actual work of XSEDE. The name of this effort is
XSEDE EMPOWER (
Research ). We invite the whole XSEDE community - staff, researchers, and educators - to recruit
and mentor undergraduate students to engage in a variety of XSEDE activities, such as
computational and/or data analytics research and education in all fields of study, networking,
system maintenance and support, and visualization. The program provides a stipend to students and
resources for the training of those students who work on XSEDE projects for one semester, one
quarter, one summer, or longer.
To participate, mentors recruit one or more undergraduate students from any US degree-granting
institution(s) to work with them on a project that contributes to the work of XSEDE. Participation
is strongly encouraged for mentors and students belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented
in HPC, including, but not limited to, women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. There are
three tiers of participation for students depending on existing skill level: learner, apprentice,
and intern. Appropriate stipends will support each student.
WHICH STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate at a US degree granting institution through the
duration of their participation. Each participating student will receive a stipend. There are
three levels of participation:
Learners spend time acquiring the necessary skills to contribute to the work of XSEDE through tutorials,
individual instruction, remote or in-person workshops, and self-learning. The expectation is
that learners will have a high desire to participate, but have not yet had extensive experience.
Learners will be given a stipend intended to recognize the extra effort needed to acquire the
desired skills as an introduction to the field of high performance computing under the following
$750 per semester assuming a minimum level of effort of 12 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
$500 per quarter assuming a level of effort of 8 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
$1500 per summer assuming 10 weeks at 30 hours per week.
Apprentices improve and apply their skills, spending the vast majority of their time doing tasked but not
necessarily completely independent work, with training in specific areas or skills as needed.
Apprentices need not have previously spent time as a learner participant. Apprentice applicants
who do not meet the full expectations may be asked to start as a learner. Apprentices will be
given a stipend of:
$1200 per semester assuming a minimum level of effort of 12 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
$800 per quarter assuming a level of effort of 8 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
$2400 per summer assuming 10 weeks at 30 hours per week.
Interns demonstrate the ability to do more independent work, tasked and as part of a project or group
effort. Interns will be given a stipend of:
$1500 per semester assuming a minimum level of effort of 12 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
$1000 per quarter assuming a level of effort of 8 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, or
$3000 per summer assuming 10 weeks at 30 hours per week.
Interns need not have started as learners or apprentices, but the expectation is that learners
would advance to apprentices and then to interns, so prior participation will be taken into
account in the selection of interns.
At each interval during the year (end of each semester or quarter, and at the middle and end of
each summer), a mentor/supervisor may propose that a learner be promoted to apprentice, or an
apprentice be promoted to intern. Student positions are renewable for up to a year, after which
time the expectation is that the mentor/supervisor would take over the financial commitment to
enable the student to continue and advance.
The Blue Waters Student Internship Program offers a 2-week, highly-intensive, hands-on institute
in the rudiments of high performance computing once per year. Learners, Apprentices, or Interns
may be selected to attend this institute (with travel and local expenses covered) if appropriate
and beneficial to enhance their ability to contribute to the work of XSEDE. The next institute
will take place May 29 - June 9, 2017.
HOW TO APPLY
Mentors can fill out a proposal by clicking the "New Position" button at the top of this page. If
you have already identified interested student(s), please ask that they visit this page and apply
via the "New Student Application". They will be able to provide your information as their
Applications will be reviewed in early November, March, and June for projects starting the
following spring, summer, and fall, respectively. While the program will continue to accept
applications year-round, the cut-off for applications reviewed for the next cycle of funding will
be the first Friday of the month in which reviews take place. Applications completed after that
cut-off will be held until the next round of reviews.
For more information about XSEDE EMPOWER, please contact Jennifer Houchins, xsede-empower at
shodor dot org.