Virtual Residency 2019 Summer Workshop on Research Computing Facilitation

January 28, 2019

It’s free!  From Henry Neeman’s email list.

Virtual Residency 2019 Summer Workshop on INTRODUCTORY/INTERMEDIATE Research Computing Facilitation

Sun June 2 (dinnertime) – Fri June 7 (dinnertime) 2019
University of Oklahoma Norman campus

LIVE onsite ***OR*** LIVE remotely via videoconferencing!


Contact: Henry Neeman (hneeman at ou  edu)

There’s NO PREREQUISITE other than an interest in helping researchers with their computing-intensive/data-intensive research.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested and appropriate.


Does your institution have lots of researchers and educators who want to use advanced computing, but need some help learning how?

You or someone at your institution can learn to be more effective at helping researchers and educators use research computing!

This is a great way to start, or get better at, a career in helping researchers use research computing.

It’s also a great way to meet a community of fellow research computing facilitators.

Anyone we can’t accept for onsite will automatically be converted to remote — no one will be left out!

We’ll have *some* funding to help *some* onsite participants cover some or all of their costs, but that funding may be limited.

(Still, it’s better to request support and then *maybe* not get it, than not request it and then *definitely* not get it.)

Clarifying, since this question has come up in the past:

You *DON’T* have to any affiliation with the Clemson-led ACI-REF/CaRCC effort, in order to participate in the 2019 Virtual Residency workshop — though of course everyone in those groups are welcome to apply!

TENTATIVE AGENDA (expect this to evolve some)

* Sun June 2 2019 (evening)

— Welcome
— Intro: Virtual Residency 2019 Overview
— Intro: Introduction to Research Cyberinfrastructure Facilitation
— Demonstration: Intro: How to Give a Cyberinfrastructure Tour, and Why

* Mon June 3 2019 (all day)

— Intro: Effective Communication: How to Talk to Researchers
about Their Research
— Intro: Faculty: Tenure, Promotion, Reward System
— Intro: Cyberinfrastructure User Support
— Intro: Research Networking Overview

* Tue June 4 2019 (all day)

— Intro: The Structure of a Cluster Supercomputer
— Intro: The CyberAmbassadors Program
— Intro: How to Do an Intake Interview
— Intro: Speed Dating
— Panel: Intro: The CI Milieu: Systems, Service Providers, Technologies
— Demo: Setting up an XSEDE account and submitting a job

* Wed June 5 2019 (all day)

— Intmd: Panel: Effective Communication
— Intmd: Panel: Working Effectively with Systems-Facing Professionals
— CyberAmbassadors session [details to be announced]

* Thu June 6 2019 (all day)

— CyberAmbassadors: How to communicate that there’s a problem
— Intmd: The CI Milieu: Organizations
— Intmd: Panel: Facilitation from other perspectives
— Intmd: Panel: How to help researchers identify the right
resources for their research

* Fri June 7 2019 (all day)

Intmd: Research Data Management
Intmd: Working with Researchers from Non-traditional Disciplines
[Other topics to be announced]
Stories from the Trenches

The Virtual Residency has already served:

493 people at 250 institutions in 50 US states, 2 US territories
and 7 other countries, including:

* 36 Minority Serving Institutions (14% of VR institutions);
* 50 non-PhD-granting institutions, plus 4 community colleges and
3 high schools (23% of VR institutions);
* 72 institutions in 24 of the 26 EPSCoR jurisdictions
(29% of VR institutions);
* 174 of 277 Campus Champion institutions (70% of VR institutions,
63% of Campus Champion institutions);
* in the latest US News rankings of national universities:
— 8 of the Top 10 (80% of Top 10),
— 18 of the Top 25 (72% of Top 25),
— 37 of the Top 50 (74% of Top 50),
— 70 of the Top 100 (70% of Top 100),
— 102 of the Top 150 (68% of Top 150),
— 119 of the Top 200 (60% of Top 200),
— 156 of the Top 300 (52% of Top 300).

(This takes into account all of the Virtual Residency activities: workshops in 2015-18, a couple of mini-workshops run separately by the U California system, the Grant Proposal Writing Apprenticeship and the Paper Writing Apprenticeship.)