This summer, aspiring scientists have the chance to go to a summer camp in Charlottesville sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The University of Virginia received a $700,000 grant from NASA to train students in high-tech computer software and engineering skills.
Twenty undergraduate and graduate students from around the country will be selected to go to UVA for nearly three weeks this summer as part of an intensive, computer summer camp. The purpose is to train and recruit environmental engineers.
The grant money will help provide students with housing, meals and a stipend. Half of the students will also get to do an eight-week internship at one of various NASA centers after completing the summer course.
"In the era of big data and sophisticated models it's very important that environmental scientists learn computing and be familiar with it and comfortable with it," said Katherine Holcomb, a research computing consultant with the UVA Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering, or UVACSE.
The summer program will be held from May 29 to June 14, and the same camp will be offered again in 2014 and 2015.
The deadline for the application is March 15. Click here to learn more about the program and how to apply.