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The Eric Pitman Annual Summer Workshop in Computational Science

This two-week workshop is held annually in honor of Eric Pitman, who was a freshman at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute when he passed away on February 27, 2007 after a brief illness. A Science Olympiad participant at St. Gregory the Great Elementary School, Eric was an avid reader, a young man who enjoyed learning new things and challenging his thinking about the world and his place within it.

One of his teachers spoke of Eric by saying: "It seemed that he always did the right thing, and always stood by what he knew was morally and ethically correct. He was a tremendous leader, a silent leader who led by example and not by talk."

It is with Eric's sense of wonderment and inquisitiveness in mind that the workshop strives to introduce students into the application of computer modeling and simulation to solve important problems in science and engineering.  The current workshop focuses on Bioinformatics and research in the life sciences.  In the past, workshop topics have included computational chemistry and visualization.

Summer 2017 Workshop

Dates: June 26 - July 7, 2017

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm Monday-Friday

No class Tuesday, July 4, 2017

NOTE: Students MUST be able to commit to attending each day

Location: UB CCR ~ 701 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

More Info & Application:

The workshop is open to students who have completed the first year of high school, taken a year of high school algebra, and have taken at least one high school science course - Biology, Chemistry or Physics.  Because of the topic of the projects this year, additional math and science, especially a course in Chemistry or strong familiarity with the periodic table, will be very helpful.  Students do not need a background in computing but they do need a good foundation in math and science and a willingness to learn some computing.

Students MUST be able to commit to attend each day of the workshop.  There is no cost to participate in the workshop and lunch is provided daily. 

The application period for 2017 is now open!  The application deadline is May 1, 2017; however, students are encouraged to apply early.  Last year's workshop was filled to capacity and, unfortunately, we had to turn away students.  For application details, please see the Workshop Announcement below.