Student Diversity and Engagement at XSEDE

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) conference held annually is this July 14-18th. Each year is dedicated to a theme of this significant National Science Foundation investment in supporting our nation's computational science education and research. This year is dedicated to engaging community. The trailer shown here on student programs shows the success of the diversity efforts of the XSEDE Scholars Program led by Dr. Richard Tapia and an improvscience interactive challenge.

The Scholars are individuals from underrepresented groups in HPC (women, certain racial minorities and people with disabilities) who are majoring in computer science and computing intensive fields.  You'll see many of them in the video footage. These students work with XSEDE throughout the year and meet with the Minority Faculty Council, of which Dr. Holmes is a member. The Council led by Tapia advises XSEDE on ways to increase participation of individuals from underrepresented groups.

Last year, improvscience led a collaboration and creativity workshop, identified in the trailer as the "Interactive Challenge". The challenge:  get to know one another, take intellectual risks and be creative with fellow future scientists. You can see this environment is diverse, engaged and working to advance in high performance computing.  We hope to see you at the next improvscience workshop or XSEDE conference.