Interns Super-Compute in the Arctic

Arctic Region Supercomputing Center August 12, 2003

Interns Super-Compute in the Arctic

Five students, who traveled across the countryto learn about supercomputing in the arctic, are gearing-up for theirfinal presentations this week. The students have spent the past ten weekslearning the ins and outs of supercomputing and high-end visualization.They will each give a presentation on Thursday to demonstrate what theylearned this summer.

The interns came to the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) aspart of the Alaska Research Summer Challenge, an NSF-funded internprogram for undergraduate students. Interns live on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus and work at the center with an individual mentor. In addition, they participate in weekly events with other NSF science-focused interns on campus. Betty Studebaker is the intern program manager at ARSC.

This year's interns come from several universities across the country,including Bowie State University, Norfolk State University, New MexicoInstitute of Mining and Technology at Socorro and the University of Texas at El Paso.

" I feel like I learned a lot," said Ameerah Muhammad a computer sciencejunior at Bowie State University, who spent her summer working on the Body LanguageUser Interface and learning to program virtual reality. "My school doesn'toffer any kind of graphical programs so I thought it would be cool to come outto Alaska and learn about it."

This year's interns completed varied projects over their weeks at thecenter, including working with Landsat imagery data, creating three-dimensionalprints,expanding an ionospheric modeling project and studying data base creation.

All five ARSC interns will give their final presentations on Thursday,August 14, 2003, in the Board of Regents conference room in the Butrovichbuildingon the UAF campus at 2 p.m.

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