PEARC19 will offer a dynamic student program designed to bring together a broad and diverse group of researchers, students, and prospective users including significant participation from under-represented groups and new disciplines. The student program will provide students with a range of opportunities to participate in both student activities and the full technical program so that they may share their research efforts and gain insights and inspiration from like-minded individuals at the conference.

Student submissions are strongly encouraged by the Technical Program Committee, but are not required in order to participate in the Student Program. All student submissions should follow the general submission instructions in the Call for Participation and clearly indicate their relevance to Advanced Research Computing. Student technical papers and posters have the following additional qualification requirements:

  • Student Technical Papers: To qualify as a student technical paper, a student must be the primary author, and the work must be primarily theirs. At least one student author of an accepted student paper must attend the conference to present the work orally in one of the parallel track sessions. Submission due date for letters of intent (simply fill out the Linklings form with paper title and list of authors) has been extended to Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (originally due March 13, 2019). Submission due date for full manuscripts (5-8 pages using the ACM sigconf template) has been extended to April 15, 2019 (originally April 3, 2019 and initially extended to April 10, 2019)Technical paper proposals that are not accepted for oral presentation at PEARC19 will automatically be considered as poster presentations without further action by the submitters. 

  • Student Posters: To qualify as a student poster, the primary author must be a student, and the work must be primarily theirs. At least one student author of an accepted student poster must attend the conference to present the work. Submission due date, including optional extended abstract (2-4 pages using the ACM sigconf template), has been extended to May 1, 2019  (originally due by April 24, 2019).

Due to an unprecedented interest in late non-proceedings student poster submissions, we have decided to re-open submissions for this type of participation.  This will enable more students to participate in the conference, and enable students from this summer’s REU programs to share their work with our community. Submissions for student posters are due on June 12, 2019 (no exceptions) and will be reviewed by June 14,2019. All student posters must be submitted to  If you have any questions about students posters, please contact 

For detailed information and deadlines, please visit the official Call for Participation.

Student Program and Travel Support Application

Students please click the button below or use the following link to apply for PEARC19 student program and travel support. The deadline to submit the application for Student Travel Support consideration has been extended to June 7, 2019 (originally due May 31, 2019). Apply here: Students will be notified of their travel support status by June 14, 2019. 

Student Program Activities

The Student Modeling Challenge is designed to introduce students to the concepts and practice of computational modeling as a method for engaging in scientific analysis. During the challenge, students work in teams to develop a model of a scientific problem from one of a number of different domains including biology, physics, and chemistry. Students prepare for the Modeling Challenge with targeted PEARC19 tutorials, and the primary modeling activity happens the following day. On the final day of PEARC19, the teams present their results in a session open to all attendees.

Student papers and posters provide a platform for students to meet others both in and out of your field during the PEARC19 program as well as a chance to discuss your work in greater detail with conference attendees and exhibitors. Student posters offer a great opportunity to share your research and network with people both inside and out of your field.  Enjoy the conversation and consider new angles and ideas related to your research topic. If you have any questions about student papers and posters, please contact us at

The aim of the Student Mentor program is to foster the next generation of scientists and science leaders. With a focus on connecting the mentee to the PEARC19 conference, provide the mentee with networking opportunities during the conference, and allowing the mentee to learn more about Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing. The conference mentor’s primary role will be to help guide his/her student through the conference and to share his/her personal experiences in the field of Advanced Research Computing. Mentors are expected to share their advice, help their students select sessions, introduce their student to others, explain research being presented, and be a familiar face at the conference.

Join us for two days of hacking with some of the best programmers in the field! The PEARC Student Program is featuring a Hackathon to challenge the future generation of HPC and science gateways professionals.  Undergraduate and graduate student teams can compete on gateway projects, learn how to use important tools and methods, and win awesome prizes. The HACK@PEARC is an excellent opportunity to have fun and understand some of the coding challenges within the HPC and Science Gateway communities.

Practical hands-on experience in research computing through workshops and tutorials in a wide range of areas, including machine learning, data analytics, and scientific programming.

The Speed Networking session will allow students to meet one-on-one with representatives from the PEARC19 exhibitors and to share their enthusiasm for advanced computing, visualization, data analysis, and research. In this round robin-style event, students move around to the exhibitors’ tables and meet them in two-minute rounds. Bring your resume and your “personal elevator pitch” – we want you to make a good impression!

The Student Volunteer Program is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at conference activities and network with other students who are passionate about advanced research computing. As a student volunteer, you will have an all-access pass to the conference program and tutorials. By helping to support the conference, you will have a unique opportunity to meet and learn from leading researchers, professionals, and educators. Students with a passion for leadership and service are encouraged to apply this exclusive opportunity!

Students will learn about and may join the Student Campus Champions program if their institution has an active and willing Campus Champion to serve as a mentor. This opportunity will provide students resources and a community of experts whom they may consult with and exchange ideas, which will enable students to stay connected long after the week-long conference!

Students will have an opportunity to win a Best Student Poster and/or Best Student Paper for their contributed work. Plus, all student accepted submissions are eligible for publication in ACM PEARC19 Conference Proceedings. Visit our PEARC19 Awards webpage.

Advanced Computing for Social Change

Advanced Computing for Social Change has selected 20 undergraduate students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who will be working collaboratively at PEARC19 to:

  • Learn to apply data analysis and computational thinking to a social challenge
  • Experience the latest tools and techniques for exploring data through visualization
  • Expand skills in team-based problem solving
  • Learn how to communicate ideas more effectively to the general public
AI4GOOD: Horner Room (Hyatt)

AI4GOOD will enlighten participants about applications for artificial intelligence (AI) that are used for social good. Biomedical advances, economic empowerment strategies, agricultural innovation and quality of life improvements for citizens in underserved regions will be emphasized. Hands-on training sessions will acquaint participants with a variety of useful AI skills, and our security panel will foster thoughtful discussion about related privacy, ethics and compliance challenges associated with inter-institutional and international research.


The Student Program Committee gratefully acknowledges contributions made by our exhibitors to our 114 student attendees in the form of funding, travel support and in kind contributions that will support student learning long after the conference program.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. NSF grant number 1929279. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.