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We look forward to seeing you at SC20 and hosting students from around the world! This blog includes special event highlights and items of interest for students attending the conference. These events and programs are completely free with your registration!

Pro Tips

To make the most of your experience at SC, make sure you have a stable network connection and review the schedule ahead of time to ensure you can make time for sessions you find interesting.

Navigating SC

First time attending SC? No problem. Check out the Navigating SC page to see how SC is organized, and check out the video on the Virtual Event FAQ page to learn more about how to attend virtual SC.

Students@SC Sessions

Visit the SC20 Virtual Platform for the latest details on the Students@SC program.

Students@SC will host sessions via the virtual platform and external meeting platforms during the day. Recordings will be made available soon after each of the live events. Information on how to join all these events will be displayed on the Students@SC page in the virtual platform.

Week 1: November 9–13

Monday, November 9
1 pm ET: Emerging Technologies Panel

Tuesday, November 10
10 am ET: Careers in HPC Panel
1 pm ET: Evolution of a Project

Wednesday, November 11
10 am ET: Thinking in Parallel
1 pm ET: Managing Interactions

Thursday, November 12
10 am ET and 7 pm ET: Perfecting Your Elevator Speech and Growing Your Professional Network Workshop
12:30 pm ET and 9:30 pm ET: Resume Workshop

Week 2: November 17–19

Tuesday, November 17
11 am ET: Funding & Disseminating Research

Wednesday, November 18
11 am ET: Overcoming Struggles & Hurdles in Your Career Pathway

Thursday, November 19
11 am ET: Dealing with Microaggressions Panel

Additional Programming

Virtual Student Cluster Competition

Watch the best and brightest students in HPC build clusters in the cloud in a non-stop competition! More details on how to follow the event will be posted to our Students@SC Page in the virtual conference platform. You can check out the team profiles on the VSCC website, and follow their progress on the live dashboard.

Saturday–Wednesday, November 8–11

Students@SC Alumni Stories

Listen to stories and advice from Students@SC Alumni. There will be a live Q&A session in the second half of each event, so bring your questions about the conference, program, research, and careers!

Tuesday, November 17, 2–3 pm ET
Wednesday, November 18, 3–3:30 pm ET

Student Volunteer Lightning Talks

Listen to fellow students give short, broader talks on a variety of topics from their research. A great way to get to know your peers!

Tuesday, November 17, 10:30–11:00 am ET and 3:30–4:30 pm ET
Wednesday, November 18, 10:45–11 am ET and 3:30–4:30 pm ET
Thursday, November 19, 12:30–1:30 pm ET

Career Building

Job Fair

The SC20 Job Fair is already open and will run through January 15, 2021! SC is inviting attendees of all skill levels (students, post-docs, and professionals) to participate in the Job Fair. As applications and résumés submitted will be provided to recruiting organizations, submit your résumé today and help recruiting organizations find you. Employers will be posting their job listings through January. Search the job postings by skill level, area of interest, and more.

Résumé Workshop

Pre-registration by email is required by November 5.

Have your résumé critiqued by professionals and potential employers! If you plan on participating in the résumé workshop you must submit your résumé to the Job Fair AND email the Students@SC programming chair, Sally Ellingson, at to let her know you want your résumé reviewed at the workshop.

Networking & Mentoring

Guided Interest Groups

Register for a group by November 8.

This year, student programs will be hosting Guided Interest Groups (GIGs). These groups will be small cohorts led be Lead Student Volunteers that will guide you through a variety of topics featured at the SC Conference.

GIG Topics:

  • HPC At A Glance: Nodel Level Performance Engineering and Distributed Algorithms, Vijay Thakkar
  • The Wonderful World of Machine Learning, Aroua Gharbi
  • Storage and I/O for HPC, Jean Luca Bez
  • High Performance Computing in Medical Sciences and Health Research, Sadura Akinrinwa

Please take the time to review the different Guided Interest Groups and use the form to submit your selection.

Trivia Party!

November 14, 12–1:30 pm ET and 8–9:30 pm ET

Play some fun, casual trivia with your peers and mentors as a break from all that’s going on at the conference.

Pre-registration is required

Watch Now

For the latest Students@SC Webinars and content for students, visit our YouTube Playlist. Recorded sessions and student interviews will all be published to the official conference YouTube channel.

Social Media

Follow these social media channels dedicated to student content:

Students@SC Slack

Join our Slack channel to chat with other students participating in a Students@SC program:

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