PEARC22 Student Program

PEARC22 Student Program

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The Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing Conference (PEARC22) will convene July 10–14, 2022, in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference theme, Revolutionary: Computing, Connections, You, acknowledges rapid shifts that have become a constant in the field of advanced computing; the PEARC community’s role in creating new, state-of-the-art methods; and our imperative, as individuals, to achieve an ethical and connected computing future. 

Student Program (SP) highlights include an orientation day, a resumé clinic, mentor-protege pairing, an exhibitor Q&A, and a new tabling event called “The Village!” It’s five full days of professional development designed to help scholars envision themselves working in research computing and data science (RCD) careers within academia, industry, and government agencies. 

Applicants are encouraged to work alongside experienced professionals at their home institutions to develop proposals that they will submit to the general conference technical program, as well as posters, papers, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, and panels. Note the various deadlines. Students from demographics that are traditionally underrepresented in RCD careers and U.S. agency Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) from a range of disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. Submissions will be reviewed in April, and acceptance letters will be sent by May 30. 

SP Activities – Back by Popular Demand! 

Orientation and Welcome Reception Sunday, July 10, 2022: The PEARC SP orientation will be held on Sunday afternoon before the general conference begins on Monday so that students can take full advantage of the conference. During orientation, members of the SP committee will let everyone know what to expect during the week. Any students who requested to be paired with a mentor will meet them for the first time. 

Technical Program: PEARC offers students opportunities to compete with and learn from the most experienced researchers from every computation- and data-intensive domain. They also learn from one another; in fact, the best overall paper at PEARC21 was submitted by a student! Additionally, students were co-authors on a number of posters, visualizations, and papers that won recognition in 2021. 

Student Volunteer Program: This is a great way for students to gain an understanding of how conferences are managed and to network with other students who are passionate about advanced research computing. Student Volunteers receive an all-access pass to the full conference, including tutorials. 

Resumé Clinic and PitchIT Workshop: During the PitchIT workshop, students have the opportunity to craft a unique elevator pitch and “PitchIT” to committee members and invited guests. Students who are applying for grad school or employment will appreciate the PEARC SP Resumé Clinic, where resumés are critiqued by experienced professionals who serve as RCD professional hiring managers.

Internship Spotlight: Students who have participated in internships with government, academic, and industry settings share their experiences. Here are a few from last year.

PEARC21 Internship Spotlight Highlights

Student Mentor Program: First-time conference attendees or students who have just begun to envision themselves in an RCD career are paired with experienced mentors. We encourage mentor-mentee relationships to continue long after the conference concludes. The mentor’s duty is to guide their assigned student(s) through the conference experience, offer advice, select sessions best suited for the student’s anticipated academic and career path, and share anecdotes about their personal career trajectories. 

Exhibitor Q&A, Networking Event: Students will meet one-on-one with PEARC22 exhibitor representatives who share their enthusiasm for advanced computing, visualization, data analysis, and research. During two-minute intervals, students will practice their elevator pitch and receive constructive feedback on their resumés; first impressions with prospective employers often lead to fulfilling careers. Many participating vendors have commented that PEARC is a great recruiting tool — particularly when seeking well-trained students who are interested in RCD careers. Additionally, PEARC22 provides a rare opportunity for vendors and students alike to rub elbows with world-class research scientists, performance computing industry icons, and commercial tech representatives through guided and independent breakout sessions. In addition to the Q&A, a networking event will be held during the week at which students can spend more time with exhibitors to learn about the organizations they represent, their workplace culture, and job opportunities. 

Introducing “The Village!”

It takes a village to prepare the workforce, and competitions — the experience of preparing and competing — is a great way to master a wide range of RCD skills. In The Village, students and trainers alike will get a chance to explore novel training programs, receive hands-on peer training, and learn about competition strategies and open-source toolkits that were optimized during the pandemic.

The Village will feature a social and friendly atmosphere in which students can convene in the evening once the conference concludes. Students will be exposed to a broader range of training activities than if they had only participated in one version throughout their academic career. Virtual contests don’t provide hands-on experience with hardware, so we will let virtual contenders get their hands dirty! Sysadmins who have learned how to build and optimize clusters may not be familiar with the cybersecurity threat landscape or best practices, but they will at The Village

If you have questions, please contact the PEARC22 SP Co-Chairs Alana Romanella (Virginia Tech) and Elizabeth Leake (Boise State University) at

The PEARC19 Student Program Committee was led by Semir Sarajlic (front in black jacket). Semir returns in 2022 as the General Conference Logistics Co-Chair! In fact, many committee member faces return year after year to this amazing conference series.
The PEARC19 Student Program Committee was led by Semir Sarajlic (front in black jacket). Semir returns in 2022 as the General Conference Logistics Co-Chair! In fact, many committee member faces return year after year to this amazing conference series.