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Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in high performance computing, or a PhD student about to enter the job market, getting involved in the Students@SC program can help you identify your possibilities within the field of HPC. With opportunities for professional development and guidance from mentors, the Students@SC program helps facilitate students’ transition into the professional HPC community.

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Take a deep dive into the mechanics of the SC conference by volunteering, immerse yourself in the world of HPC, or put your skills to the test by participating in one of the competitions offered. 

  • Student Volunteers (UG/GS)
    Calling all undergraduate and graduate students! Volunteers assist conference operations and can also participate in the Technical Program. Travel support is available.
  • HPC Immersion (UG)
    For undergraduate students early in their academic career seeking an introduction to high performance computing. Students will be guided through the SC Technical Program and meaningfully engage in activities including technical talks and workshops to gain an understanding of career options in computer science, computer engineering, and computational science.
  • Student Cluster Competition (UG)
    Teams of undergraduate students from around the world put their skills to the test building, operating, and tuning powerful cluster computers in this high-powered competition.
  • IndySCC (UG)
    A competition with the intent to create a more inclusive and education-focused track of the Student Cluster Competition.
  • Data Science Competition (UG/GS)
    Teams of undergraduate and first-year graduate students compete to showcase data-driven approaches while solving interesting and important problems in this two-phase competition before the start of SC.
  • ACM SIGHPC Computing4Change (UG)
    An exciting social computing challenge involving data science and analytics for undergraduate students, hosted at SC. Travel support is available. Contact us with questions.
  • All Student Conference Attendees (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Regardless of your participation in the above, there are plenty of opportunities and activities for students attending the conference including workshops, technical sessions, and speed mentoring!


Students@SC offers a variety of mentoring programs wherein students can gain valuable career advice from seasoned mentors, such as balancing research demands in the context of life’s many dynamics, dealing with thesis advisors, and more.

  • Mentor–Protégé Matching (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Students at SC can be matched up with a mentor who provides personal insight into their career trajectory and the ins and outs of the HPC world – ultimately establish a lasting mentoring connection. Participants are invited to a breakfast before the Keynote to get to know their mentor.
  • Speed Mentoring (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Get to know your fellow attendees in a fast-paced speed mentoring session open to all conference attendees. The Speed Mentoring event is meant to connect students and early career attendees with more experienced attendees. The event is formatted to allow for brief interactions with different attendees to provide a higher probability of meeting a good match. Sign up to participate as a mentor or protégé by November 2!


All Students@SC participants are invited to take part in these activities during the conference.

  • Guided Interest Groups (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    Guided Interest Groups are community learning experiences where SCALE participants shepherd interested students through the SC technical program.
  • Job Fair (HS/UG/GS)
    The perfect place to discover and meet with potential employers. We’ve supplied guidelines for students, professionals, and recruiters.
  • Student Outreach (HS/UG)
    Resources for students interested in knowing more about high performance computing and teachers looking for ways to explain and explore HPC in the classroom.
  • Student Sessions (HS/UG/GS/FS)
    In addition to access to the SC Technical Program, a robust program of student-specific sessions is organized for all student attendees. Topics will include those aimed at advancing skills required to thrive in an HPC related career, including refinement of your résumé. You’ll also improve your ability to communicate your research to a wide range of audiences and gain an understanding of your personal resilience and work-life balance. Several beginner-level technical sessions will also be arranged.
  • Scavenger Hunt (HS/UG/GS)
    Follow clues throughout the Exhibits Hall and convention center to compete for prizes with other Students@SC participants!
  • Board Game Tournament (HS/UG/GS)
    Join your peers for three nights (Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday) of fun and socializing! You and other students can compete in online and in-person games, those with the highest overall rating winning prizes. On other nights, we’ll offer non-competitive games and a chance to learn something new, meet new people, and get to know more of the SC community. Prizes will be awarded at the Thursday Students@SC wrap-up.


The SC Program features three components geared specifically toward students and young professionals.

  • ACM Student Research Competition (UG/GS)
    The ACM Student Research Competition showcases original research from undergraduate and graduate students, with winners selected based on poster content and presentation quality. 
  • Doctoral Showcase (GS)
    The Doctoral Showcase provides an opportunity for PhD students to present their dissertation research in the form of short talks and poster presentations. 
  • Early Career (FS)
    Past your student days? The Early Career program is a two half-day series of workshop-style sessions intended to help guide early-career researchers within the first five years of a permanent position in navigating a successful career path.

Students@SC Schedule

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