ITaP travel grants available for female students to attend high-performance computing conferences

May 8 – 31, 2017

ITaP Research Computing has announced partial scholarship funding for female students interested in attending either of two national high-performance computing conferences in 2017. All female undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue in good academic standing are eligible for the scholarships.

The scholarships will provide support for travel to the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from July 9-13, 2017 and the Supercomputing (SC) conference in Denver, Colorado from Nov. 12-17, 2017.

To attend PEARC, students should apply no later than Monday, May 8, to the PEARC Student Program via this link and then apply for the ITaP travel grant here. Students who attend will be required to participate in all PEARC student activities, including the volunteer program.

Preference for the PEARC scholarship will be given to students who submit posters or papers to the conference. Only an abstract is required by the May 8 deadline and additional details may be submitted later. Posters and papers must tie into one of the tracks listed under the “Technical Papers” section of the submission website.

To apply for the ITaP travel grant to SC, students should complete the application found here no later than Wednesday, May 31. Students awarded the ITaP travel grant to attend SC may be asked to volunteer in the Purdue booth on the exhibit floor.

Students should also apply directly to SC here, and choose either the Student Volunteer Program or the Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Program. The Student Volunteer Program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to helping with the administration of the conference, students will participate in professional development workshops and attend technical talks by well-known researchers and industry leaders.

The Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates Program gives students at the sophomore level and above an introduction to HPC research topics and techniques. Participating students will also have the opportunity to learn about jobs, internships, and graduate school in the HPC field.

In addition to the other opportunities available, students interested in presenting a poster at SC should make sure to include a brief summary of their research project when they fill out the ITaP travel grant application described above. More information about SC student research posters can be found here.

These scholarships are part of a broader ITaP initiative to encourage women to pursue research and careers in high-performance computing. Students who are awarded either travel grant will be asked to give a presentation to Purdue’s Women in HPC group upon their return.

For questions about the application process or to learn more about these scholarships, contact Marisa Brazil,

Originally posted: May 5, 2017  2:26pm