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NSF Grant to Fund US-China Collaboration on Algorithms and Software

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MSU’s Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, in collaboration with MSU’s College of Engineering, has been awarded a three-year $269,547 National Science Foundation International Research Experience for Students grant to support U.S.-China collaboration on the development and enhancement of software and algorithms for supercomputers with emerging architectures.

The grant will fully fund summer research opportunities for U.S. Ph.D. candidates, including MSU students, to work on computational science applications that benefit from the strengths of the TaihuLight Supercomputer in Wuxi, China.

The overarching goal of this IRES site is to engage Ph.D. students in research learning experiences that increase their capacity to conduct research on supercomputing systems, (including those with classical and emerging architectures), and their exposure to international collaborative research. Projects provided by the ASSURE site are representative of problems that have demonstrated a need for supercomputers in addressing their complex nature with greater accuracy, including Earth systems, advanced manufacturing, drug design, big data, and machine learning.

The program will run for 10 weeks each summer over the next three years. Each summer, five graduate students will work with faculty from a number of universities including Tsinghua University and East China Normal University, totaling 15 students over three years.

Students will be housed in the Wuxi area of China. Students’ travel, housing, and international health insurance will be covered. In addition, students will receive a stipend of $500 per week.

The first summer program will begin in early June through early August of 2019. It will include a one-week preparatory session at MSU, an 8-week research experience in Wuxi, China and a one-week wrap-up at MSU. In addition, students will participate in a hybrid Chinese language and cultural course facilitated by the Confucius Institute at MSU.

Graduate students who are US citizens, nationals or permanent residents are invited to apply, including women and students from underrepresented populations in international STEM research. To receive an email when applications open on October 28 provide your contact information here. Applications close November 29.

Faculty interested in exploring international research collaborations that can benefit from the TaihuLight Supercomputer in Wuxi, China are invited to contact the PIs (John Verboncoeur, Kenneth Merz Jr. and Xiaoge Wang) at training@msu.edu with a brief description of their research interests no later than September 10. Faculty who have existing collaborations and would like to provide student projects should provide that information here.

More information about the ASSURE site is available at ires-assure.msu.edu

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