Submission deadline: Applications will be accepted until the program is full.
Submission website: http://www.sc-submissions.org

Program Overview
The purpose of this project is to increase the participation of minorities in the SC conferences by providing support to help faculty and/or IT professionals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to attend the conference. It is our intention in providing these grants to improve our ability to reach groups that have traditionally not had access to high performance computing. The SC2004 MSI Program is supported by IEEE Computer Society, ACM SIGARCH, and SC2004 Conference.

 IEEE and ACM fund the SC MSI Participation Grant. The intended impact of this project goes beyond just increasing the numbers of MSI participants in SC conferences to fostering collaborative relationships between faculty at MSIs and research scientists at major research centers and impacting the amount and quality of computational science education at MSIs.

Through this program selected grant recipients will be invited to participate in either the Tutorials Program or Technical program

Grant Application Process:
To apply candidates should complete and submit the SC2004 MSI Grant Application Form. Please note that applicants must be either a US citizen or permanent resident in order to qualify for a grant. Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail. Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled.

Selection Criteria:
Depending on funding the SC MSI Grant Program will select up to 45 participants. To be considered applicants:

  • Must be a faculty or IT professionals from an MSI. (Student not eligible).
  • Must be either a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be able to attend all MSI-related activities.
  • Must be able to complete an SC conference assignment (up to 3 hrs).
  • Must present what they have learned at the conference to their colleagues at their home institution.
  • Must complete an evaluation of the MSI Program.
  • May be required to serve as a mentor to other MSI representatives who have had little exposure to the SC conference.

Financing Participants:
Pending upon funding, up to 45 grants in the amount of $1,200 will be awarded to those selected to attend SC2004 in Pittsburgh, PA.  The conference will be held in the Pittsburgh Convention Center November 6-12, 2004. Individual grants will reimburse the cost of travel, lodging up to $1,200.  Expenses exceeding $1,200 will not be reimbursed.  In addition to the $1,200 award, participants will be given a complementary Conference registration for either the Technical Programs or Tutorials with a one-day pass to the SC Exhibits Hall. The grant award is non-transferable. Grant recipients should allow up to 8 weeks following the conference to receive reimbursement payment.

Reimbursements will be processed upon receipt of SC2004 Travel Expense Report, original receipts and the SC 2004 Survey. The Conference Registration fee will be handled through the budget of the appropriate committee. Detailed travel expense guidelines are available here.

Conference Registration Procedures:
Selected participants will be provided a URL to register via the web, where they will select Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) as their registration category. Selection of the MSI category will permit them to register for either the Technical Program or Tutorials without having to submit payment information. The selected candidates may pick up their conference materials at the SC2004 Registration Counter beginning Saturday, November 6th at 1:00pm. For additional information, contact: Stephenie McLean at mclean@ncsa.uiuc.edu.


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