Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute

Learn. Collaborate. Change the World.


Learning through ACSCI

With support from XSEDE, the Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute offers two unique opportunities for undergraduate students who want to enhance their skillset and create positive change in their community.

The programs recruit students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who want to work collaboratively to:

  • Learn to apply data analysis and computational thinking to a social challenge
  • Experience the latest tools and techniques for exploring data through visualization
  • Expand skills in team-based problem solving
  • Learn how to communicate ideas more effectively to the general public

To be eligible for these exciting programs, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college/university
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States (for ACSC only)
  • Not plan to graduate before May 2020
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 (or equivalent)
  • Be able to attend a full challenge or competition during program dates
  • Complete the online application form before the deadline

Students from any undergraduate background are eligible, although some preference will be given to women, minorities, students from majors outside computer science, and students at the sophomore or junior level.

Students will be assigned to teams to ensure a balance of backgrounds, and an advisor will be assigned to each team. The costs of airfare, lodging, meals, and conference registration will be provided.

Now Accepting Applications

The next Advanced Computing for Social Change (ACSC) event will held in Chicago, IL co-located with the PEARC19 conference July 27-Aug 1, 2019.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2019. Notification of acceptance to be sent in May 2019.

Visit the ACSC FAQ for details.

The next Computing4Change (C4C) event will be held in Denver, CO co-located with the SC19 conference Nov 16-22, 2019.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 17, 2019 Notification of acceptance to be sent in June 2019.

Key Points
Developing a Diverse Workforce
Infusing Computational Science
Expanding Instructional Resources
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