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Nine students from the United States and China are on campus this week for Computational Sciences for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CSURE), a summer internship program focused on developing knowledge and skills to use advanced computing in research.

One of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates, CSURE is conducted by the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, which in turn is led by UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

That program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF, with projects designed to involve students in ongoing research in hands-on ways rather than merely through lectures.

For the students—hailing from as close at UT and Maryville College and as far away as Hong Kong—that means working on cutting-edge research projects with their JICS mentors in addition to normal classwork.

They will have ten weeks in which to work on developing and then presenting their projects, which will focus on chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

Outside the classroom, CSURE also includes social aspects, with visits scheduled to World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Knoxville Zoo.

To be considered for the program, which runs until August 7, students had to submit two letters of recommendation, transcripts, resumes, and a statement of their goals.

Each participant receives a stipend of $500 per week and a travel stipend of up to $1000, as well as $210 per week for housing at UT if needed.

C O N T A C T :

Scott Gibson (865-206-6499,