CISL outreach

Overview | Interns and visitors | Education and training | Community outreach

Children at NWSC community event


CISL reaches out to the communities it serves in multiple ways with the goal of fostering a diverse, talented workforce that will meet computational science and cyberinfrastructure challenges for decades into the future. We pursue these goals by offering opportunities for students, recent graduates, and faculty to hone their skills, advance their understanding of computational science concepts, and further their professional development. We also engage our communities with local learning events and through our participation in regional and national and regional conferences.

Interns and visitors

Dozens of students and researchers benefit from CISL’s internship and visitor programs each year.

  • The Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) program offers graduate and undergraduate students significant hands-on opportunities in computational science, software development, data science, and high-performance computing infrastructure support.
  • Our Student Assistant Rotation Program (SARP) gives paid student employees the opportunity to learn about the high-performance computing (HPC) profession. The students work with CISL mentors while performing a range of essential work and learning technical job skills.
  • The CISL Visitor Program (CVP) allows prolonged engagement and collaboration between our staff, the university community, and researchers at peer centers around the world.

Education and training

CISL serves the learning needs of its community by integrating research and education in the computational and Earth system sciences, both complementing and supplementing related NCAR and UCAR programs and programs at universities and other national centers. The lab provides a variety of HPC workshops and tutorials each year to help students and more experienced researchers enhance their understanding and use of NCAR’s computing and data resources. CISL also provides cyberinfrastructure resources and user support for NCAR-wide community workshops, tutorials, and summer schools in the atmospheric and related sciences. Various online resources also engage educators and students who want to learn about high-performance computing and data science for atmospheric research.

Community outreach

Some CISL outreach activities focus on our local communities in Boulder, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, while others are more regional, national, and even international in nature. Educational exhibits at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne inform K-12 students and the general public about how high-performance computing supports and advances scientific research and discoveries. We also reach out by hosting facilities tours and youth-oriented activities such as hands-on Kids Code and Super Science Saturday events.

Other activities include demonstrations, exhibits, and presentations at the annual IEEE/ACM Supercomputing Conference, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, and the ADMI Symposium on Computing at Minority Institutions. CISL also hosts the biennial International Computing in the Atmospheric Sciences symposium, which brings together dozens of HPC professionals from around the world.