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Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in high performance computing, or a PhD student about to enter the job market, getting involved in the Students@SC program can help you identify your possibilities within the field of HPC. With opportunities for professional development and guidance from mentors, the Students@SC program helps facilitate students’ transition into the professional HPC community.

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Get Involved

Take a deep dive into the mechanics of the SC conference by volunteering, immerse yourself in the world of HPC, or put your skills to the test by participating in one of the competitions offered. 

  • Student Volunteers (UG/GS)
    Calling all undergraduate and graduate students! Volunteers assist conference operations and can also participate in the Technical Program.
  • HPC Immersion (UG)
    For undergraduate students early in their academic career seeking an introduction to high performance computing. Students will be guided through the SC Technical Program and meaningfully engage in activities including technical talks and workshops to gain an understanding of career options in computer science, computer engineering, and computational science.
  • Student Cluster Competition (UG)
    Teams of undergraduate students from around the world put their skills to the test building, operating, and tuning powerful cluster computers in this high-powered competition.
  • ACM SIGHPC Computing4Change (UG)
    An exciting social computing challenge involving data science and analytics for undergraduate students, hosted at SC. Contact us with questions.
  • All Student Conference Attendees (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Regardless of your participation in the above, there are plenty of opportunities and activities for students attending the conference including workshops, technical sessions, and speed mentoring!


Find your mentor at SC20! The Students@SC program has a variety of mentoring programs including Mentor–Protégé Matching, Speed Mentoring, and special, invitation-only events for Students@SC cohort members.

  • Mentor–Protégé Matching (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Students at SC can be matched up with a mentor who provides personal insight into their career trajectory and the ins and outs of the HPC world – and ultimately establish a lasting mentoring connection.
  • Speed Mentoring (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Get to know your fellow attendees in a fast-paced speed mentoring session open to all conference attendees. Sign up to participate as a mentor or protégé by November 2!
  • Students@SC Alumni Networking Session (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Join a special networking reception for current participants and alumni of the Students@SC Program. This event is open to all members of the SC20 student cohorts (Student Volunteers, Student Cluster Competition, C4C, and HPC Immersion) as well as alumni of our programs, including all current programs as well as Broader Engagement, HPC for Undergraduates, and the LittleFe challenge. This event will be an informal reception with opportunities to network and meet new and old members of the Students@SC community. Pre-registration is required; please contact us for more information.


All Students@SC participants are invited to take part in these activities during the conference.

  • Guided Interest Groups (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Guided Interest Groups are community learning experience where lead student volunteers shepherd interested students through the SC technical program.
  • HPC in the City Hackathon (UG/GS)
    The HPC in the City hackathon brings together students from Atlanta to address local challenges using computing and data analytics tools and techniques.
  • Job Fair (HS/UG/GS)
    Details for how to participate in the virtual Job Fair.
  • Student Tours (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Details for how student tours will occur in the virtual environment will be announced soon.
  • Student Sessions (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    In addition to access to the SC Technical Program, a robust program of student-specific sessions is organized for all student attendees. Topics will include those aimed at advancing hard skills, such as communicating about your research, and soft skills, such as overcoming hurdles in school. Several beginner-level technical sessions will also be arranged.
  • Scavenger Hunt (HS/UG/GS)
    Details on the Scavenger Hunt will be announced soon.


The SC Program features three components geared specifically toward students and young professionals.

  • ACM Student Research Competition (UG/GS)
    The ACM Student Research Competition showcases original research from undergraduate and graduate students, with winners selected based on poster content and presentation quality. 
  • Doctoral Showcase (GS)
    The Doctoral Showcase provides an opportunity for PhD students to present their dissertation research in the form of short talks and poster presentations. 
  • Early Career (FS)
    Past your student days? The Early Career program is a series of workshop-style sessions intended to help guide early-career researchers within the first five years of a permanent position in navigating a successful career path.

Students@SC Schedule

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Mon, Nov 9
Tue, Nov 10
Wed, Nov 11
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Fri, Nov 13
Tue, Nov 17
Wed, Nov 18
Thu, Nov 19
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