An XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by recruiting and enabling a diverse group of students who have the skills – or are interested in acquiring the skills – to participate in the actual work of XSEDE. The name of this effort is XSEDE EMPOWER (Expert Mentoring Producing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Research).

For example, University of Delaware, Juan Perilla, has been awarded an XSEDE Empower Position for Summer 2019

Molecular mechanisms of HIV-1 infection

Develop large-scale analysis tools for molecular dynamics simulations. Perform molecular dynamics simulations of HIV-1 relevant systems. Collaborate with biophysical scientist in the design of experiments for the validation of the discoveries.

Juan Perilla

University of Delaware

Newark, DE


How to get involved

To participate, undergraduate students from any US degree-granting institutions are matched with a mentor who has a project that contributes to the work of XSEDE. Participation is strongly encouraged for mentors and students belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in HPC, including, but not limited to, women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. There are three tiers of participation for students depending on existing skill level: learner, apprentice, and intern. Appropriate stipends will support each student.


Which students are eligible?

Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate at a US degree granting institution through the duration of their participation. Each participating student will receive a stipend. There are three levels of participation:

  1. Learner: spend time acquiring the necessary skills to contribute to the work of XSEDE through tutorials, individual instruction, remote or in-person workshops, and self-learning.
  2. Apprentices: improve and apply their skills, spending the vast majority of their time doing tasked but not necessarily completely independent work, with training in specific areas or skills as needed.
  3. Interns: demonstrate the ability to do more independent work, tasked and as part of a project or group effort.


How to apply

Mentors can apply by clicking the “New Position” button at the top of this page.

Students can apply by clicking the “New Student Application” button at the top of this page.

Applications will typically be reviewed in early November, March, and June for projects starting the following spring, summer, and fall, respectively. While the program will continue to accept applications year-round, the cut-off for applications reviewed for the next cycle of funding will be the first Friday of the month in which reviews take place, except when otherwise noted at the top of this page.


How to promote the program

Promotional PDF for Students

Promotional PDF for Mentors


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