Who Is the Early Career Program For?
The Early Career Program (ECP) is designed for early career researchers in their first five years of academic, industry, or government positions, including postdocs. ECP provides activities designed to jump start or boost early HPC careers. The program is for participants already planning to attend SC19 and requires an additional application.
How Is It Organized?
The ECP is organized in a series of sessions on the following topics:
- Funding: Understanding the agencies, funding instruments, and strategies for securing research funding
- Publishing: Understanding the landscape of conference, journal, and other publication venues, including getting involved in conference leadership or journal editorship
- Mentorship: Understanding the difference between a mentor and a sponsor and establishing effective, long-term mentoring and sponsoring relationships
- Time Management: Striking a balance between our professional and personal responsibilities and obligations
What Is the Value in Participating?
Past participants have found this program extremely valuable for the opportunity to network with other early career researchers.
Tanzima Islam, an SC18 ECP participant and an assistant professor at Western Washington University notes that “since ECP, I have established communication with a few people I never knew before. We regularly telecon to brainstorm proposal ideas. I have also had the opportunity to talk to NSF program managers, which I am hoping will contribute positively as I move forward in my career.”
The ECP committee has been busy for several months creating an engaging, interactive program that can really make an impact on the participants’ career success. We echo Tanzima’s advice – just apply. There is nothing to lose but a tremendous wealth of information and connections to gain. And while there may not be such a thing as a free lunch in building your career, there will be one for ECP participants on the Monday, November 18 at SC19.
The deadline for Early Career applications is July 31, 2019.
Boyana Norris, SC19 Early Career Program Committee Member
Boyana Norris is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. Her research in high-performance computing (HPC) focuses on methodologies and tools for performance reasoning and automated optimization of scientific applications, while ensuring continued or better usability of HPC tools and libraries and improving developer productivity.