Computational Research Leadership Council (CRLC) Seminar Series

The Computational Research Leadership Council (CRLC) Seminar Series is a collaborative effort between Sustainable Horizons Institute and eight Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. The goal of the seminar series is to connect with academic institutions serving underrepresented students and provide opportunities to learn about innovative DOE research and internships.

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. Seminar topics include a wide array of computational and data sciences and are targeted to students at different stages of their academic careers. 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.

If you are interested in bringing CRLC to your institution, please contact us at

Some past seminars:

  • Combining physics and AI to understand the behavior of molecules
  • Wrangling supercomputers to do cutting-edge science: life as a Department of Energy researcher
  • Large-scale deep learning enabling rapid COVID-19 small molecule drug design
  • A Career of Load Balancing
  • Climate is Always Changing
  • Exploring nuclear astromaterials in neutron stars with numerical simulations
  • Can we Trust Machine Learning Predictions to Answer Science Questions?
  • How High Performance Computing Saved Supernova Astrophysics

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…”

* 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.