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The SIParCS Program (pronounced "sigh-parks") at the National Center for Atmospheric Research is aimed at university students who are interested in pursuing a career in such areas as:

  • Application Optimization
  • Computer Security and Formal Verification
  • Data Science
  • Numerical Methods
  • Software Engineering
  • Supercomputing Systems Operations
  • Visualization

UPDATE April 14, 2020: Interns have been selected for 2020 Projects.  Due to COVID-19 impacts, SIParCS 2020 will be held online.  For more information on UCAR/NCAR programs, visit

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Fourteen graduate and undergraduate researchers comprise the SIParCS Class of 2019. (Front row left to right: Katrina Wheelan, Broday Walker, Jason Ngo, Bailey Kleespies, Dylan Dickerson, Lolita Mannik, Blake Lewis; Back row left to right: Aashiq Shaikh, Weile Wei, Behrooz Roozitalab, Thomas Johnson, Henry O'Meara, Aly Ammar, Colton Grainger) — Photo by Eliott Foust, CISL 

The goal of the SIParCS program is to make a long-term, positive impact on the quality and diversity of the workforce needed to use and operate 21st century supercomputers. Graduate students and undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year by summer 2020) gain significant hands-on experience in high-performance computing and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling.

This program embeds students as summer interns in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, an organization within NCAR charged with provisioning supercomputing and data systems to the geosciences research community. The roles of service and research in CISL support NCAR’s broad scientific mission of discovery in the atmospheric and related sciences.