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ISU students to participate in National Science Foundation cyberinfrastructure program

March 13, 2012
ISU Marketing and Communications

Three Idaho State University students have been selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to participate in a cyberinfrastructure program through the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Graduate students Peter Olsoy and Carlos Murillo and undergraduate Stephen Joy, majoring in geosciences, were chosen to participate in the program, which will give them hands-on experience with supercomputers, high-performance computing and other advanced data management and networking services, among other things.

"It's an attempt to try and bring cyberinfrastructure to be more recognized by all fields of science," said senior Stephen Joy. "We're trying to aid our university in getting up to par on cyberinfrastructure."

The students will receive online training through regularly scheduled web seminars, or "webinars," and receive financial support to travel to South Carolina's Clemson University where they can engage in projects with other program participants. They will also attend this year’s International Supercomputing conference in November.

"I get to see how diverse the field is," said Joy of his experience with the program thus far. "It includes all kinds of disciplines.

"The program will be valuable to ISU because it can bring into light things that are currently lacking," he added. "This program shows us what is possible with supercomputing."



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