The National Institute for Computational Sciences

ACS Graduate Computing Award

Applications are open for awards from the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry and the National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS), to be awarded at the Spring 2011 national meeting in Anaheim. The deadline is October 15, 2010.

The ACS Graduate Student Award in Supercomputing has been created to provide supercomputer resources to outstanding students in the early stages of their graduate career, particularly for projects that need high performance computing resources for their chemistry-related project. Those eligible for the award are graduate students in good standing who are carrying out research in the broadly defined area of computational chemistry. Winners (or their adviser, if necessary) will be the Principal Investigator of a new account on the “Kraken” supercomputer at the National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS). They will also be honored during a ceremony at the COMP Division poster session. Applicants are encouraged (but not required) to present work within the COMP program at the meeting, either in oral or poster format.

Up to 2 awardees will be chosen on the basis of: the significance of the project plan, potential impact on the project of additional supercomputer resources, qualifications of the student, and the strength of the supporting letter and other materials. The project must require large-scale computing. Winners are expected to provide annual reports to COMP and NICS discussing resource usage and scientific achievements, continuing until the award is completely used.

Application requirements for the ACS National Meeting in Anaheim include an extended abstract of the work (no more than 1 page), a two page CV, a brief letter of support from the research advisor, and a 1 page detailed computational plan indicating: computational resources already available for the project, the types of calculations to be performed, availability of software, justification of number and length of runs, and an estimate of the total time needed. Please include your last name and the type of information (CV, abstract, etc.) in the file name. For information about Kraken, see NICS Kraken. There is a limit of one Supercomputing Award application per research lab (PI) per award type.

These should be sent as pdf or text files (no other formats accepted) to Carlos Simmerling (contact information). A single pdf file is preferred. Please include your last name and the type of information (CV, abstract, etc.) in the file name. The application deadline is 5pm EDT on October 15. Applicants will receive email confirmation of receipt of materials. If you do not receive confirmation by October 19, 2010, please contact the organizer immediately by telephone.

If you want to present your work in an oral or poster presentation, you must also submit your abstract using the ACS PACS system, prior to the PACS deadline. Application for the supercomputing award does not constitute an application for a presentation.

More information on awards offered by the ACS COMP division can be found on the web site.