2023 SIParCS interns kick off their summer at the Mesa Lab

The CISL summer season got under way on May 22 with the arrival of 16 interns who make up the Class of 2023 for the 17th year of CISL’s Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS). This year’s undergraduate and graduate students will be tackling projects in machine learning, data assimilation, and Python-based data analysis, and more.

Group photo of SIParCS interns for 2023

(Back row, L-R) Ameya Patil, Julius Owusu Afriyie, Yuta Norden, Hayden Outlaw, Si Chen, Dhamma Kimpara, Reuben Alter, Ian Franda, Kenton Wu. 

Selected from more than 150 applicants and converging on the Mesa Lab from 14 colleges and universities, the 2023 SIParCS participants met with their mentors and began their 11-week internships, which will conclude August 4 with their project presentations. This year, all the interns chose to pursue their projects in person in Boulder. (The program does allow interns to work remotely if that’s a better fit for their situations.)

“We’re very excited to launch another summer of SIParCS,” said SIParCS program director Virginia Do. “The students always bring so much energy and enthusiasm to the Mesa Lab, and it’s great so many were able to be here in person this year.”

Over the past decade and a half, the SIParCS program has embedded more than 215 students in CISL activities, including some in collaboration with other NCAR labs,  to provide them with significant hands-on experience in high-performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling.

This year, students are working on a wide range of projects including performance optimization of an ocean biogeochemistry model, interactive visualizations of climate data, and Python-based data analysis and data discovery activities. For a full description of the projects, the students, and their mentors, visit the SIParCS page.