The Computing Research Leadership Council (CRLC) Seminar Series* is a collaborative effort between Sustainable Horizons Institute and eight Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories participating in the CRLC. The goal of the seminar series is to connect with academic institutions serving under-represented students to provide opportunities to learn about innovative DOE research. Seminar topics include a wide array of computational and data sciences and can be customized to students at different stages of their academic careers.
Distinguished researchers from each of the eight national laboratories present their research and participate in an informal Q&A reception at the end of the seminar. During the Q&A reception, attendees are able to meet the scientists and ask them questions about their research, their experience working at a national lab, and their professional or personal journey. Additionally, opportunities such as internships and job postings are shared with the seminar attendees who are interested in getting involved with the work at the DOE labs. Ultimately, seminar attendees receive a breadth of knowledge about the research conducted at the labs as well as opportunities they can pursue in the future.
Here’s what participants have to say about the seminars…
“I think my biggest take away from this seminar is that there is still so much stuff that we do not know and that we are learning brand new things everyday…”
“It was great to see people working on problems that I am interested in working on in the future…”
“[the speaker] opened my eyes that math can discover great things in other fields…”
“I learned about the Department of Energy and more about what they did. I got to hear about new and interesting career paths that could go along with my major…”
“This seminar reinforced my understanding about the suitability of DOE laboratories for pursuing research careers…”
“Technology is involved in many aspects that sometimes one does not imagine. I understood that I am in the right field…”
“The national laboratories have many opportunities for mathematicians, statisticians, and scientists to participate in cross disciplinary research…”
“I learned that research does not have to be forced. A question can come up in society and a group just tries to answer it because they find it interesting. Any experience I’ve had with a research project has been forced so it was eye opening and inspiring to see someone so passionate…”
Seminar speakers most enjoyed….
“Sharing my love for science and the importance of doing research to improve society”
“The potential to connect with and inspire a group of students who wouldn’t otherwise consider a career with DOE”
“Opportunity to give a more pedagogical talk to students explaining the mathematical methods I use, and a wide-ranging career-oriented Q&A, not just presenting science results as would be normal for a research talk”
“The experience allowed me to reflect on my career path; progress I have made. It also a great opportunity to share career path (choice) with students, some who are currently at that stage of making decision between academia and industry research options. Some now know that DOE Labs options are equally available to them”
“Because I was encouraged to include details about my career path, I did a lot of reflection on how far I’ve come.”
“It provided me satisfaction to share the work, as well as the opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists”
Institutions interested in participating can apply at the CRLC Seminar Series submission site.
The following document provides step-by-step instructions on how to access and submit the seminar host interest form: How To Submit Seminar Host Form
* The seminar series is currently scheduled as a virtual event. In person seminars at the host institutions will be considered pending developments in travel restrictions.