HPC Immersion FAQ

How do I apply?

Interested students who meet the qualifications apply by completing the application form.  Applications will close on June 26, 2023. We understand that students that are in the early stages of their academic path may not know many professionals or faculty yet so the requested recommendations are viewed as a support document as opposed to a critical factor in the application. Please reach out to us if you have any difficulties finding a recommender. We expect each participant to attend the entire conference either remotely or in person. Balancing school and the conference can be a bit of a challenge. Students will need to work with their faculty and/or academic advisor to determine how to move assignment dates or complete work early. We are happy to work with the students that get accepted to determine what works best for them.

When will the participants be selected?

Applicants will be notified by July 7, 2023. 

How are students selected?

We are looking for students who will use this experience to shape them both academically and professionally. We plan to accept between 15 and 20 students that are ideally early in their undergraduate academic path. In the application, don’t just give us a list of your accomplishments, tell us what you are missing or feel like you are missing out on. We are looking for applicants that may not have the privilege of participating in an HPC activity. For example, you may be from a community college or university that doesn’t have access to a supercomputer, doesn’t teach any courses related to HPC, or someone that is just getting started.

What if I have graduated during the time of the competition?  

You must be enrolled as an undergraduate, both at the time you apply and at the time of the SC conference. 

Are their opportunities for high school or graduate students to participate?

Not at this time.  You must be enrolled as a first-time undergraduate college student, both at the time you apply and at the time of competition.

Is eligibility limited to students majoring in computer science?

Not at all.  We welcome applications from students who are in non-computing fields across all disciplines (i.e. forestry, life sciences, liberal arts, etc.) who have an interest in HPC. 

Do I have to know a computer programming language?

No, you are not required to have coding experience.

What costs with the competition pay?

Expenses covered include air travel, a stipend for meals and incidentals, housing, and SC Registration, including Workshops.  

Are students eligible if they are studying outside the US?


What if I am only enrolled part-time?  

You may be enrolled either part-time or full-time during both the application time and during the conference. Keep in mind that the conference week will require at least 15-20 hours of participation.


Do I have to be a member of ACM or SIGHPC to apply?  

No, applicants do not have to be members of any group in order to apply.


What if my question isn't listed here? 

Contact Lisa Perez at perez@tamu.edu.