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ISC Launches Travel Grant Program to Enable Students and Young Researchers to Attend the Conference

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From: ISC Communications Team <nages.sieslack@...>
Date: Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 7:02 AM
Subject: ISC Launches Travel Grant Program to Enable Students and Young Researchers to Attend the Conference
To: Jeff ErnstFriedman <jernstfriedman@...>


Dear Mr ErnstFriedman,

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ISC Launches Travel Grant Program to Enable Students and Young Researchers to Attend the Conference 2018
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FRANKFURT, Germany, April 10, 2018 – ISC Group is very pleased to announce the introduction of the ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program (ISC Travel Grant), to enable university students and young researchers who are highly interested in acquiring high performance computing knowledge and skills, but lack the necessary resources to obtain them, to be a part of the ISC High Performance conference series.

Starting this year, ISC Group will select two individuals to receive the ISC Travel Grant. For recipients traveling from Europe or North Africa, the maximum funding is 1000 euros per person, and for the rest of the world, it is 1500 euros per person. ISC Group will also provide the grant recipients free registration for the entire conference, which takes place from June 24 – June 28, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Dr. Julian Kunkel, of University of Reading, will mentor the selected grant recipients helping them get the most out of the conference by suggesting relevant program sessions and introducing them to experts in their research field.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

# The applicant must be at least 21 years of age and be either currently enrolled in a university degree program or employed at a research facility in their home country.
# If enrolled as a student, the applicant must show a keen interest in acquiring knowledge in computational or data science, and if a researcher, they must be in strong need of HPC skills to solve problems across a wide variety of compute-intense or data-intensive disciplines.
# The applicant cannot have received any past travel funding from ISC High Performance.
# The applicant must explain, in an English essay of 350 to 450 words, how this experience will benefit them and how they intend to pay it forward.

All applications for the ISC Travel Grant (https://www.isc-hpc.com/isc-travel-grant.html) will be considered by an evaluation committee consisting of Elizabeth Leake, of STEM-Trek; Julian Kunkel, from University of Reading; Kim McMahon, of McMahon Consulting; and Colleen Sheedy, from ISC Group.

The evaluation criteria include the applicant's need and lack of funding alternatives, the estimated cost of travel and accommodation, and how they plan to pay forward the knowledge they acquire at the conference. Naturally, applicants must also meet all the requirements listed in the “Who is Eligible to Apply” section, above.

Only complete applications made via the application form (https://www.isc-hpc.com/id-2018-travel-grant-application.html) and accompanied by a letter of support from their advisor or employer, will be considered for the ISC Travel Grant by the evaluation committee. The letter of support must be printed on an official letterhead from the student’s advisor or their employer. The letter must affirm that the applicant requires funding to attend the conference, and that no other sources of funding are available.

Other background material, for example, at which stage the applicant is in their study or research, will make the application stronger.

“I’ve been involved with technical conference program planning since 2002,” said Elizabeth Leake, Founder and President of STEM-Trek. “As institutional budgets waned after the 2008 global economic crisis, each year, fewer funds are available for scholarly travel. In most cases, professional conferences have become a luxury reserved for top leadership. But leaders are distracted; they tend to participate on an a la carte basis by attending only specific sessions. They are tempted to retreat to the ‘rabbit hole’ where they must remotely mitigate disasters that would otherwise occur in their absence. It’s an isolated experience with little opportunity to network. Conversely, student program participants are involved with planned activities that promote learning and full conference engagement. But few students can afford to attend on their own. I’m therefore thrilled that ISC earmarks support for student travel. I’m honored to serve on the evaluation committee this year, and look forward to meeting the ISC Student Program cohort and planning committee in Frankfurt!”

Applications may be submitted at any point up to May 1, 2018. The successful candidates will be notified on May 15, which allows them about five weeks to obtain their Germany visa, if necessary.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the program coordinator, Colleen Sheedy at travel-grant@....

About ISC High Performance

First held in 1986, ISC High Performance (https://www.isc-hpc.com/) is the world’s oldest and Europe’s most important conference and networking event for the HPC community. It offers a strong five-day technical program focusing on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments.
ISC High Performance attracts engineers, IT specialists, system developers, vendors, scientists, researchers, students, journalists, and other members of the HPC global community. The exhibition draws decision-makers from automotive, finance, defense, aeronautical, gas & oil, banking, pharmaceutical and other industries, as well those providing hardware, software and services for the HPC community. Attendees will learn firsthand about new products and applications, in addition to the latest technological advances in the HPC industry.

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ISC High Performance
Nages Sieslack
Phone +49-621-180686-16
nages.sieslack@...

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