Need Student Volunteers for SC13!

An exciting opportunity is now open for students to volunteer to help with Supercomputing 2013 in Denver in November.

SC13 is the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. This is a great opportunity for students in the NM EPSCoR jurisdiction! EPSCoR will provide funding arrangements for you to attend, should you be chosen.


There are no specific skills required to serve as a student volunteer; we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to apply to help with the administration of the conference. Serving as a Student Volunteer at a premier international conference significantly increases the student’s interest in and awareness of High Performance Computing (HPC) which includes all the areas of cyberinfrastructure. They become much more confident in their capabilities and are integrated into an exciting community where they meet and interact with the top professionals in the HPC field. Women, particularly, are surprised that there are so many female scientists and engineers present, and they are delighted to meet them and have professional discussions with them. This is a very good way to increase the number of women professionals in HPC!

Student Volunteers will be given the opportunity to participate in activities that are designed just for students, in addition to the regular conference offerings. The student activities include professional development workshops as well as technical talks by famous researchers and industry leaders. They will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest HPC and networking technologies, meet top people in the field from around the world, meet other students and establish their own network with them, see firsthand the many components included in cyberinfrastructure, and contribute to the success of the SC13 conference.

Student volunteers are expected to be available to work 4-5 hours per day during the week of the conference. As indicated earlier, no special skills or experience are required for most volunteer positions, but some familiarity with computing platforms, audio/visual equipment or office equipment is helpful…as is fluency in another language, if translation is needed.

In exchange for volunteering, students will receive complimentary conference registration and meals. Conference registration provides access to all tutorials and workshops, technical talks, panels, the Tech Program reception (the major social event of the conference), and more.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Natalie Willoughby ( or Mary Jo Daniel ( and let us know why it is important to you to attend. This opportunity is nationwide and competitive, and we will be able to give a list of names to the recruiters that will help your chances of being chosen. Please see the letter below for instructions on how to apply - but remember to contact NM EPSCoR, too!

Good Luck! Below is the email with instructions on how to apply.


This is just a gentle reminder that if you are interested in applying to be a Student Volunteer for SC13 (which is going to be in Denver this November 17-22), now is the time to apply. The deadline is July 31, 2013, but don’t wait until the last minute.

I’m working with the Dr. Jeanine Cook, SC13 Student Volunteer Committee Chair, and with the EPSCoR leadership throughout the country. I have been asked to help provide underrepresented students, particularly women, for this endeavor. If EPSCoR (or any other source) provides your transportation, the conference will cover housing and meal expenses. Also, you will need a letter of support from a faculty member. For full details, go to and click on "HPC Interconnections" then "Student Volunteers." When the new screen appears, click "Student Volunteers" on the menu on the left.

The leadership of most EPSCoR jurisdictions have indicated that they will support the travel of students who apply through them. I’ve already spoken with those folks and they are seeking students to represent their jurisdictions, particularly females.

If you don't know who the EPSCoR Project Director is for your state, I suggest that you find out…and you may indicate that I suggested that you contact their office. You should talk with them or their staff about why it is important to you that you participate. Most likely, an education/outreach person or a project administrator will help you with this.

When you apply, I will add you to my list of EPSCoR applicants if you let me know that you’ve:

  1. submitted your application;
  2. spoken with your state/jurisdiction EPSCoR Office, and received their response; and
  3. asked for a letter of support from your advisor or another faculty member.

It is also very important that you confirm that the person you’ve asked for a letter of recommendation actually sends it before July 31! It is always sad when we have to turn down applicants because we didn’t received a letter of recommendation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer, and I hope to see you at SC13!

Barbara A. Kucera
Deputy Project Director
University of Kentucky
325 McVey Hall, 4500
Lexington, KY 40506