CISL: an education laboratory

Overview | Internships | Visitor programs



CISL is committed to NCAR’s core education mission, offering opportunities for students and recent graduates to hone their skills in mathematical and computational science concepts, and fostering their professional development in fields that rely on advanced cyberinfrastructure. CISL is also dedicated to attracting and retaining a diverse and talented staff that will meet supercomputing and computational science needs in the decades to come.

Functioning as an education laboratory allows CISL staff to explore new technologies, add new capabilities to software packages, and develop and test new algorithms. It also builds opportunities for collaboration with the university community and enhances CISL’s culture of mentorship. CISL’s strategy as an educational laboratory focuses on three key elements: integration of research and education, training and workforce development, and broadening participation.


CISL is a leader in training and workforce development in High Performance Computing (HPC). The Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) program offers graduate and undergraduate students significant hands-on opportunities in computational science, applied mathematics, and geostatistics.

CISL consultants also offer supercomputing training for SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric and Related Sciences) students.

Visitor Programs

CISL’s Visitor Program, (CVP) allows prolonged engagement and collaboration between our staff, the university community, and researchers at peer centers around the world.

IMAGe’s recurring year-long Theme of the Year (TOY) program focuses on a specific aspect of mathematics applied to the geosciences, advancing interdisciplinary research and education between the mathematical and geosciences communities in topics such as multiscale modeling, data assimilation, and turbulence.