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SRP Workshop Matches Faculty-and-Student Teams with Berkeley Lab Research Collaborators

December 6, 2018

Nearly 30 faculty members from schools all over the U.S. attended the latest Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP) matching workshop, held December 4, 2018 in Berkeley Lab’sShyh Wang Hall.

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Twenty-eight faculty from universities across the U.S. attended the Sustainable Research Pathways Matching Workshop at Berkeley Lab on December 4, 2018.

Established in 2015, SRP is a program within the lab’s Computing Sciences area designed to bring professor-and-student teams to the lab to work on research projects in collaboration with Berkeley Lab staff. The program was developed in conjunction with Sustainable Horizons Institute to build research collaborations and expand opportunities for emerging scientists.

Each December, Computing Sciences sponsors a workshop to begin recruiting participants for the following summer. The workshop is designed for faculty from a variety of institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions and women’s and community colleges serving students from under-represented or underprivileged backgrounds. During the day-long event, Computing Sciences staff discuss their research projects and interests and invited faculty present their work via a poster "blitz" and a more detailed poster session. Ample time is provided for additional discussions to explore potential research collaborations and sponsored programs.

The summer after the workshop, matched participants, along with their proposed student research teams, travel to Berkeley Lab to work on their designated research projects. In 2018, through the SRP program, two dozen students and faculty came to Computing Sciences to participate in various research projects with mentors from Berkeley Lab staff. For example, a team from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) spent two months studying deep learning and developing concepts and techniques designed to improve the application of deep neural networks in structural biology.

SRP is partly supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program.

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