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Sustainable Research Pathways Workshop

December 1-3, 2020 – Virtual Exploration & Matching

2020 SRP Group Photo

Research Opportunities for Faculty and Students from Diverse Backgrounds

The Sustainable Horizons Institute and Berkeley Lab invited faculty and students to apply to the SRP 2020-2021 program. This program offers a one of a kind research experience alongside Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences staff.

Networking and Exploration

The Program is intended to foster sustainable relationships between faculty, students and lab staff. Participants learn about chances to engage in collaborative, cutting-edge research with lab scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.


  • Pre-Workshop webinar
  • Matching and Exploratory Workshop
  • Meet with Berkeley Lab staff to discuss possible collaborations
  • Potential to participate in summer research
    • Faculty/student teams
    • Students on their own

Faculty Track

The program supports faculty from a variety of institutions, including minority-serving institutions, liberal arts, and community colleges, working with students such as women, minorities, first-generation scholars, and people with disabilities. Faculty who attended the workshop learned of opportunities to participate in summer research with their students or send their students on their own.

New Student Track

The Sustainable Horizons Institute is excited to have opened a new Student Track for the SRP 2020 Workshop! Students who were undergraduate or graduate students in a computational science & engineering program at an accredited US academic institution had the opportunity to apply individually. 

Welcome/Networking Session, Icebreaker Segment

Virtual Workshop

An interactive live virtual event including:

  • Networking/welcome session
  • Staff presentations on research areas
  • Participant presentations of research interests
  • Participant poster session
  • One-on-one “speed matching” meetings to explore possibilities

Learn more about the Participants

Rafael Zamora-Resendiz

I am most proud of being able to say that I’ve worked on meaningful scientific problems. Be itlearning more about cancer-causing RAS protein mutations or finding ways of detectinghomelessness and suicide over terabytes of electronic health care data, I always believed that,as scientists, we have a civil and ethical duty to use our talents to help make...
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Dr. Xinlian Liu

When I applied for the SRP workshop in 2016, I had no idea what to expect. I accidentally readabout the SRP workshop in an email list from the Shodor Institute, and thankfully, met Dr. Leungand Dr. Crivelli.Thanks to Dr. Crivelli's close guidance and two exceedingly talented students, Tom Corcoranand Rafael Zamora-Rezendiz, our first project, constructing a deep...
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Dr. Silvia Crivelli

In 2016 my work was focused on the all elusive protein structure prediction problem. I had beenworking on this problem for many years and my group had applied machine learning techniquesto advance the field but we had not tried deep learning (DL). I thought it was time for it and I waslooking for a collaborator with knowledge...
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Yuan Zeng, Lehigh University

I went to Berkeley Lab twice during Summer 2018 and Summer 2019 through the SustainableResearch Pathways program. During the first summer, I was working on building an analyticalmodel to evaluate the performance impact of several new architecture designs, whichcontributes to a project that develops accelerators for high-performance computing applications.During the second summer, I was working on improving...
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Nikita Acharya, City College of New York City & University of New York

SRP is a great opportunity for networking, connecting with experienced people working in ourfocused research area, and learning about great ongoing work in different research areas apartfrom our own research area. During the summer, my research work was focused on generating multimode test points forquantum circuits. I got the chance to connect with my mentors focused on my...
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Claire West, University of Washington

This was a great opportunity for me to be taught by different scientists and learn a new field.Much of my outlook on scientific research is influenced by my narrow academic network ofcollaborators. It was important to me to see how others relate to science and to hear thepassion and excitement from the postdocs and staff scientists at...
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Anu Trivedi, Virginia Tech

My experience during the past two summers working in the Computational Research Division atBerkeley Lab has been extremely rewarding and has shaped my future plans. My faculty mentorwas unable to work at the lab with me due to prior commitments, which was difficult at first, but Iwas able to quickly adjust due to the welcoming environment and...
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Malena Espanol, University of Akron

As  an applied mathematician working on materials science and image processing,  I participated in the SRP Workshop twice. In both opportunities I had a great experience and I was able to coordinate with researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to send undergraduate students to work there during the summer. The students applied to the Science...
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Derek Jones, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

As a University of Kentucky computer science master’s student, I was fortunate to connect with SHI, which accelerated my development by making it possible for me to learn from top experts though an internship at Berkeley Lab. I applied machine learning models in HPC environments to tackle drug discovery modeling that would not be possible at many...
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Sally Ellingson, University of Kentucky

I was honored to be invited to work over the summer and bring two students with me. We worked on improving the accuracy of drug binding predictions. It was exciting to see my students working side-by-side in a true interdisciplinary team. I returned the next summer to transfer the same problem into a machine learning framework. The...
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