2024 High School Workshop Announced

High School Workshop.

Students tour the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI)

Published March 6, 2024

In partnership with the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, CCR is pleased to be hosting The Eric Pitman Annual Summer Workshop in Computational Science for high school students again this summer. The workshop runs from June 27 - July 3, 2024.

The Eric Pitman Annual Summer Workshop in Computational Science

The summer workshop is a great way for high school students to learn about computational sciences, collaborate on a joint project, and see all that UB's medical campus has to offer!

This week long 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.  In the past, workshop topics have included computational chemistry and visualization.

The current year's workshop focuses on bioinformatics, genome sequencing, and high performance computing.  Participating students will have hands-on experience sequencing bacterial DNA from local water samples, and performing bioinformatic data analysis using computer programming and AI.  Students will also spend time talking with computer science and data professionals and touring locations on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The workshop is free with daily lunch included and runs from 9:30am-3:30pm daily.

Application deadline is May 1, 2024 but spots are limited so get your application in early!   For more information and application instructions, please visit the workshop website.