Students

CCR is committed to providing opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate level to get hands-on experience in high performance computing. We also offer many annual activities for middle and high school-aged students.

How we support students of all levels:

University students: graduate & undergraduate levels

We do not accept request for accounts from students.  In order to get access to CCR resources, you must either be working for a UB faculty member or taking a class that requires access.  Faculty members should request accounts by adding their students into their project in our subscription management portal, Coldfront.  Instructions for how to do this can be found in our knowledgebase.

Once the account has been created, you will receive an account activation email.  Please activate your account promptly as the link contained in the email is only valid for 24 hours.  Once activated, you will be able to login to the resources that have been requested for you by your faculty member.  You can login to Coldfront to view this information.  Documentation for how to use our systems can be found in our searchable knowledgebase.

Middle and high school students

CCR offers several opportunities for motivated high school students.  Every summer CCR offers a two week workshop in computational science to students who have completed their first year of high school.  Topics in the past have included computational chemistry, scientific visualization, and bioinformatics.  CCR staff work with faculty and staff from various departments at UB, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute to provide an array of activities, tours, and presentations to engage and excite students.  Often, students who have completed the workshop come back to work summers at CCR for the duration of high school and sometime through their college years!

Each year CCR participates in this open house event for 7-12th grade students and their parents.  Held annually in May, the event offers the opportunity for students to tour facilities, labs, and departments all over the medical campus and hear from experts at BNMC institutions.  The event is free but space is limited and has quickly filled the last two years.  So keep your eyes peeled on their website for this year's announcement and register early!

CCR can occasionally accept outstanding, upper level, high school students for programming summer internships (unpaid) or employment (paid).  You must be able to provide examples of previous programming work and grades in any programming classes previously taken.  We will also require letters of recommendation from teachers.  Please contact us well in advance (early-mid spring) to discuss opportunities for the upcoming summer.  If you have not already participated in the high school workshop, we encourage you to do so.  Many of our workshop graduates continue on with us in subsequent summers.

As ambassadors for high performance computing technology and computational science, CCR routinely provides tours for middle and high school classes and technology clubs. In addition, K-12 teachers, scouts, and a wide variety of citizen groups have visited our facility.  CCR staff are always happy to describe the role CCR plays in research, scholarship, and industrial technology to interested groups.  For more information on this, please have your adult teacher or leader contact us.