PEARC18 Student Papers and Posters Submission Deadline May 7

The 2018 conference of Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC18) will be held in Pittsburgh July 22-26.

As part of a range of programs and speakers, PEARC18 will provide undergraduate and graduate students with targeted student activities. PEARC18 also offers the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to contribute posters and papers.

For all student attendees, PEARC18 will include a one-day intensive collaborative modeling and analysis challenge; a session on careers in high-performance computing; participation in the technical program; a mentorship program; and opportunities for students to volunteer to assist with conference activities. PEARC18 encourages attendance by participants from diverse backgrounds to bring together researchers, students, and prospective users from under-represented groups and new disciplines.

Find more information, including registration, guidelines and deadlines at

Science Gateways Bootcamp May 14-18

For teams building or developing a science gateway (portal, virtual research environment, digital interface), the no-cost Science Gateways Bootcamp workshop is being held May 14-18 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, Texas. 
Science Gateways Bootcamp: Strategies for Developing, Operating, and Sustaining Your Gateway, is for leaders of gateways who want to further develop and scale their work.
Participants engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. By the end of the Bootcamp, participants will have developed a working hypothesis of their sustainability strategy and identified the key action steps to get there.
Apply at Applications will be accepted through March 23.

Advanced R Workshop Thursday March 8

Don’t forget that Pitt CRC’s Advanced R Workshop will be held tomorrow, Thursday March 8, from 1-4PM in 311A Schenley Place (4420 Bayard St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213). The workshop will cover using the neuralnet package to train data sets using neural networks.


  1. Bring your own laptop.
  2. Install R Studio on your laptop. Download from:

Find  more information at

Pitt CRC Spring Term Workshops

All workshops will be held 1-4pm Thursdays in Room 311A in Schenley Place, 4420 Bayard Street. See registration page for more information and to register. 

  • Jan.18: Cluster Training
  • Feb. 8: Introduction to R
  • Feb. 22: R for Genomics
  • March 8: Advanced R
  • March 29: Guided Tour of Python through Jupyter
  • April 12: Development Tools: Building Software, Build Tools, Version Control, and Debugging


ACM Awards Nomination Guidelines

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) makes available eligibility and nomination guidelines for its eminent series of awards recognizing excellence in computer science and information technology. Awards recognize career-long and early- to mid-career contributions, as well as contributions by students and specific areas related to computing such as high-performance computing, public policy, and curriculum development. See the ACM website for a full list of awards, nominating instructions, and deadlines.

2018 NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop April 9

The 2018 NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at NSF headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Monday, April 9. This event will introduce junior faculty to the NSF CAREER program, and help them prepare their CAREER proposals. Early-career faculty will have the opportunity to interact with NSF program directors and recent NSF CAREER awardees. The workshop is also open to multidisciplinary researchers with a CISE-specific focus, including cyberinfrastructure. The workshop will accommodate up to 200 junior faculty members. Please apply by March 10, with notification on March 12Travel support will be available for a limited number of HBCU/MEI faculty to attend this workshop. Attendees are asked to register early. For more information, see NSF CISE CAREER Workshop 2018.

New Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities were published in the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute newsletter.

Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) 2030 Science and Technology (S&T) Study Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced in September 2017 the inception of the “S&T Strategy 2030” study. The study’s objective is to update the Air Force methods for conducting research and development to meet the projected national security challenges of 2030.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Amount:  Upper $250,000 USD Lower $100,000 USD
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Central Research Development Fund (CRDF)
The primary goal of the CRDF Small Grants Program is to enhance opportunities for faculty, especially early career faculty, at the University of Pittsburgh to engage in high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Awards may range from $2,000 to $16,000. This year, applicants who integrate undergraduate research experiences into their proposed work may request an additional $2,000. The maximum dollar amount that may be awarded this year is $18,000.

Full Proposal (Required): Monday, February 26, 2018 (12 p.m.)
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Pitt Seed Projects
This new initiative, funded through the office of the chancellor, broadens the ways in which you can directly and actively contribute to Pitt’s strategic transformation. At the same time, this initiative gives an opportunity to identify and support some of the best and brightest ideas emerging from Pitt community. All faculty and staff members are eligible to apply for a Pitt Seed Project, which must support one or more of the six goals and strategies outlined in the Plan for Pitt. Chosen applicants can receive up to $50,000 to advance their project, and this call for submissions closes on March 5, 2018, by noon EST.

Full Proposal (Required): Monday, March 5, 2018 (12 p.m.)
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Applications open March 12 for Google Summer of Code

Applications open March 12 for Google Summer of Code, a global program focused on introducing students to open source software development. Students work on a 3-month programming project with an open source organization during their break from university. Student participants are paired with a mentor from a participating organization, gaining exposure to real-world software development and techniques. Students have the opportunity to spend the break between their school semesters earning a stipend while working in areas related to their interests. In turn, the participating organizations are able to identify and bring in new developers. For more information, see Google Summer of Code.