VSCSE - Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering

Call for Sites

We will be recruiting partner sites for the 2015 summer school courses. The following describes the requirements of a host site and please check back in early winter of 2015 for more information on our upcoming courses.

Each VSCSE course includes up to 20 satellite sites that partcipate in the course through high-definition video conferencing. These remote sites typically host 25 - 35 students, and are a way for the host institutions to quickly enhance their computational science and engineering capacity and community by making each course accessible to a number of people from the surrounding area. We also ask that local sites host some out-of-town students, providing a chance for students to network with people who have similar interests.

We ask that our partners provide people who can play each of the following roles to make sure each course is successful:

  • Site Coordinator: One named contact who can be responsible for logistical, recruitment, and programmatic duties associated with each course.
  • Technical Coordinator: One named technical contact who will be responsible for the audio-visual systems at your site.
  • Teaching Assistants: Up to two people who can serve as local experts to help students with questions, moderate discussion, and provide assistance with lab activities. The VSCSE will provide a modest stipend to support the efforts of the TAs.

In addition to these roles, we ask that our partner sites:

  • Provide H.323-based video conferencing facilities (preferably high definition) that can host 20-35 participants.
  • Promote the VSCSE Summer School and support the recruitment of local participants.
  • Help make arrangements for food and classroom logistics.

We extend invitations to selected sites by early summer and selection is based upon geographic distribution, site capacity, past registration numbers, and size of local community. In addition, we will create a balance of new and returning sites and institutional diversity.

Questions? Contact Meags@umich.edu.

The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under award number OCI-1041313.