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Inspiring Careers in Science Research

January 26, 2012

Linda Vu,, +1 510 495 2402

Nick Cardo shows Lowell High School Students around NERSC's computer room.

In an effort to expose high school students to careers in research, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences Diversity Outreach Program partnered with San Francisco’s Lowell High School Science Research Program, an after school program that aims to give highly motivated juniors and seniors a chance to develop research projects with professional guidance with the intent to have the students enter the Intel Science Talent Search, a competition sponsored by Intel that offers college scholarships for outstanding scientific work. 

As part of this collaboration, 32 Lowell students got a tour of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in Oakland, Calif. earlier this month. Here, the students got to see Hopper—the world’s eighth most powerful supercomputer—and talk to the center’s system administrators, user consultants and supercomputer analysts about their day-to-day work.

Throughout the month of January, a number of Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences staff also trekked out to Lowell to talk about their research and career paths. The lecturers and mentors include:

  • Taghrid Samak, a postdoctoral researcher in Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Computing for Sciences Group.
  • Daniela Ushizima, a scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Visualization Group.
  • Tony Drummond, a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab's Scientific Computing Group.
  • Deborah Agarwal, who heads Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Computing for Science Department and the Data Intensive Systems Group.

Elizabeth Bautista, who heads NERSC’s Computer Operations and Network Support Group, coordinated the Lowell High School partnership with Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences. Over time the plan is to expand the speakers and tours to provide the students with exposure to science areas across the Laboratory. Scientists who are interested in speaking at Lowell High School about their research can contact Elizabeth at

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