SYCAMORE, Ill., June 7, 2017 — Micron Foundation Supports STEM-Trek & the PEARC17 Student Program STEM-Trek, a global, grassroots, nonprofit organization that supports travel-related professional development opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholars, is pleased to announce that a STEM-Trek donation from Micron Foundation will make it possible for more scholars to participate in the PEARC17 conference and student program. The Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 9-13, 2017.
PEARC student-participants will have access to the general conference technical program, plus activities that are being developed specifically for them by experienced education and outreach specialists from national laboratories and research institutions. The student program begins with a cybersecurity presentation by New Orleans-based Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and includes an intensive collaborative modeling and analysis challenge; a session on careers in modeling and large data analytics; a mentoring program; and a volunteer effort where they’ll learn how conferences are facilitated, from the inside-out!
“We’re delighted to support STEM-Trek and the PEARC17 Student Program,” said Dee Mooney, Micron Foundation Executive Director. “It’s a great opportunity for students to learn in a professional engineering conference environment and engage with industry icons. As they prepare to fill the STEM pipeline, professional development and networking experiences will strengthen their success in the microelectronics industry and beyond,” she added.
General Conference Chair Dave Hart (National Center for Atmospheric Research) is looking forward to welcoming HPC professionals and students to PEARC17. “We want attendees to expand their professional networks, rekindle old relationships and learn what’s new in advanced research computing,” he said. “Thanks to Micron Foundation, our student program will have an even bigger impact on the national HPC workforce pipeline,” he added.
PEARC17 is for those engaged with the challenges of using and operating advanced research computing on campuses or for the academic and open science communities. This year’s inaugural conference offers a robust technical program, as well as networking, professional growth and multiple student participation opportunities.
Organizations supporting the new conference include the Advancing Research Computing on Campuses: Best Practices Workshop (ARCC); XSEDE; the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI); the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRC); the ACI-REF consortium; the Blue Waters project; ESnet; Open Science Grid; Compute Canada; the EGI Foundation; the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC); and Internet2.
See http://pearc17.pearc.org/ for details, and follow PEARC on Twitter (@PEARC_17) and on Facebook (PEARChpc).
About Micron Foundation
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, nonprofit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc., is committed to the advancement of education and local communities. The Micron Foundation partners with educators to spark a passion in youth for science, technology, engineering and math; engineers the future for students; and enriches the communities through strategic giving where team members live, work and volunteer. To learn more, visit www.micron.com/foundation.
STEM-Trek and Social Responsibility
STEM-Trek beneficiaries are encouraged to “pay it forward” by volunteering to serve as technology evangelists in their home communities or in a way that helps STEM-Trek achieve its objectives. When scholars pause to help others who struggle with the technical interfaces they need to find work or to perform in the workplace, the exchange is useful for everyone. The people they help gain useful skills and a better understanding of how STEM impacts their lives, and the volunteer gains empathy for others—especially members of the workforce who are adapting to disability or aging. In doing so, they become more considerate future innovators. Read about STEM-Trek programs at www.stem-trek.org.