Broader Engagement Program
Goals of the Program
The goal of the Broader Engagement (BE) Program is to increase the participation of individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in high performance computing (HPC), including African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and other underrepresented groups around the world, including women and people with disabilities. The program offers special activities to engage and support a diverse community of experts, newcomers and learners in the conference and in HPC.
The BE program has several educational, networking and informational sessions which all SC11 attendees are welcome to attend. SC11 participants can add BE to their registration to also participate in BE social events.
BE Program Participants
Applications for SC11 participation grants through the BE program were open until Aug. 31. More than 230 applications were received, out of which about 90 applicants were selected. Notices have been sent out to all the selected applicants and we congratulate them all on receiving financial support to attend SC11! The competition was very tough this year.
The selected candidates are about equally divided between students and faculty/professionals. For the first time this year, the conference has been able to provide support for about 14 international BE participants, extending our involvement in the HPC community around the world. Forty students from the XSEDE Scholars program will also be a part of the BE program.
This year, there are two categories under which the participation grants have been made available to the BE participants - Standard Track and Advanced Track.
• Provides access to the standard technical program, including papers, panels, plenary sessions, birds-of-a-feather sessions, education program and exhibits (but not tutorials unless registration fee for tutorials is paid separately by the participant).
• Provides access to the specialized BE community programs, including special events, the mentor/protégé program, specialized technical and professional development sessions.
• Covers registration for technical program, lodging, travel and incidentals.
• Provides access to all of the standard track elements.
• Provides access to SC11 tutorials.
• Requires that applicants are responsible for their main technical program registration (at the level of society member early registration).
• Covers registration for tutorials (but not technical program), lodging, travel and incidentals.
The BE program includes a BE Welcome Session on Saturday, November 12; Special Sessions on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 13 and 14; a Mentor/Protégé Session on Sunday, Nov. 13; a Student Job/Opportunity Fair on Wednesday, Nov, 16, and a scavenger hunt through the exhibits.
Broader Engagement Activities at SC11:
Student Job/Opportunity Fair
SThe SC11 BE program will host the Student Job/Opportunity Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 3A/3B of the Washington Convention Center. This face-to-face event will be open to all students participating in the SC11 conference and will enable students interested in graduate fellowships, internships, summer jobs, graduate school assistant positions or permanent employment to meet with potential employers. Electronic copies of the resumes of the students participating in the BE program will be provided to the organizations hosting a table at the job fair. More information on the Student Job/Opportunity Fair can be found at the Job Fair website.
SC11 Communities participants (Student Cluster Challenge, Student Volunteers, Broader Engagement and Education) are matched with mentors who self-identify via their registration form. In addition to your self-scheduled interactions with your mentors, there is a Mentor/Protégé Mixer to facilitate mentor/protégé dialogues from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in Room 3A/3B of the Washington Convention Center. More information can also be found on the Mentoring Mentoring page.
Communities-Exhibitor Scavenger Hunt
The Scavenger Hunt will be the ultimate combination of enjoyment and enigma that challenges your exploratory skills as you seek the booths of more than 30 participating exhibitors on the exhibit floor. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to use the given clues to find each of the exhibitor booths that have agreed to be in the hunt. Each clue is linked to an exhibitor booth, which has a unique stamp. When you find a booth and its clue, spend some time in the booth, observe their displays, talk to the exhibitor and tell the exhibitor you know they are the answer to the particular clue. The exhibitor will put their stamp next to the clue and then you can move on to the next booth. This is a great chance to navigate through the exhibit floor, learn a lot and win some great prizes. The hunt starts when the exhibit floor opens and ends as the exhibit floor closes each day. Take the challenge by picking up a form at the SC Communities booth on the 4th floor, South Lobby, of the Washington Convention Center.
BE Information Updates
For regular updates on BE activities follow us on Twitter (@BE_Updates), join our group on Facebook (Broader Engagement at SC), and accept the invitation to join our Linkedin.com group. At the SC11 conference, drop by the SC Communities booth on the 4th floor, South Lobby, of the Washington Convention Center for any assistance or information related to the BE program.
You might also want to check the following websites related to the BE Program:
Job Fair: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=jobfair.html