Campus Champions Celebrate 10 Years
Since the Campus Champions program began in 2008, it has grown to 450 champions, reaching over 200 institutions spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Over the last decade, the Campus Champions' mission has changed to reflect the diversity and growth of this community, which is, "To promote and facilitate the effective participation of a diverse national community of institutions in the application of advanced digital resources and services to accelerate scientific discovery and scholarly achievement." Thanks to sustained funding from XSEDE and the National Science Foundation (NSF) over the last ten years, Campus Champions have helped support research that will change the world, developed optimized workflows for high-performance computing and continue to improve research computing networks with a nationwide impact.
The Campus Champions are a flourishing, one-of-a-kind community of peer-mentors and facilitators who successfully communicate virtually to share information, best practices and experiences including, but not limited to: asking and answering questions on an active mailing list, sharing technical expertise and resources, participating in video conferences as well as face-to-face meetups at regional and national conferences like PEARC and Supercomputing (SC).
The Campus Champions hope to increase scalable and sustainable access to advanced digital services from providers at all levels. With the rapid growth of the Campus Champions community, the program will continue to foster a more diverse nationwide cyberinfrastructure ecosystem by cultivating inter-institutional exchanges of resources, expertise and support for another ten years.