FAQ - Advanced Computing for Social Change

Answers to your questions about Advanced Computing for Social Change events

Frequently Asked Questions about ACSC

How do I apply?

Interested students who meet the qualifications apply by completing the application form. See the ACSCI home page for details.

When will the participants be selected and notified? What if I'm not selected?

Selected participants will be notified at the end of June. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of June.

What if I have graduated during the time of the competition?

You must be enrolled as an undergraduate, both at the time you apply and at the time of the challenge.

Are there opportunities for high school or graduate students to participate?

Not at this time. You must be enrolled as an undergraduate college student, both at the time you apply and at the time of the competition.

Is eligibility limited to students majoring in computer science?

Not at all. We welcome applications from students who are in non-computing fields/across all disciplines (i.e. forestry, agricultural or life sciences, liberal arts, etc.) who have an interest in how computation and data analysis can be applied in their areas.

Do I have to know a computer programming language?

No, you are not required to have coding experience. Participants will learn to use Tableau to analyze and display data visually during the challenge. Tableau will be introduced to students via a webinar.

What costs will the program pay?

Advanced Computing for Social Change will cover the costs of airfare, one checked bag, lodging, meals, and conference registration. All needed software will be provided.

Are students eligible if they are studying outside the US?

No. Students must be studying within the US to be eligible to apply. We are unable to cover international travel costs for students coming from outside the US.

What if I am only enrolled part-time?

You must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program, both at the time you apply and at the time of the competition.

Is there any restriction on nationality or gender?

Students must be US Citizens or permanent residents of the US to be eligible to apply. To further the competition's diversity goals, some preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in STEM including women, students from majors outside computer science, and students at the sophomore or junior level. There is no "quota." Any undergraduate who meets the requirements is invited to apply.

What is the difference between Advanced Computing for Social Change and Computing4Change?

Computing4Change is the next iteration of Advanced Computing for Social Change and is primarily funded by ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC). C4C is a competition associated with a cash prize. Other differential factors include location, scale of conference, and duration of program. See the C4C FAQ for more information.

May I apply to both Advanced Computing for Social Change and Computing4Change?

You are welcomed to apply to both programs. However, applying to both will not increase your chances for selection. Selected students can participate in only one of the programs. For this reason, we recommend that you apply only to your first choice.

When will I have to view the pre-recorded webinars?

Closed caption webinars will be stored in a repository for participants to view at their convenience. All questions associated with the webinars will be due two weeks before the challenge starts on July 27, 2019.

What if my question isn't listed here?

Please contact Rosalia Gomez directly.

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