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A report published in 2014 by the US National Academies states that there is an urgent need “to prepare, nurture and grow the national scientific workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure.” This need exists because of the ever increasing importance of numerical simulation and big data analytics in all areas of the American economy and society. The demand for workers trained in these fields is intense and is projected to remain sustained for the indefinite future. The purpose of the “Vistas in Advanced Computing (VAC)” program is to provide a select group of UH undergraduates with intensive and up-to-date experiences in this area.

The VAC program is centered around scientific computing and has a vision of engaging undergraduate students for 3 consecutive summers in training, research and internship activities. The students are admitted to the program when they are rising sophomores where they undergo intense training during the first summer. In subsequent summer, the students are matched with UH faculty funded projects for undergraduate research in the area of their interest. During the last summer, the students will have the opportunity for paid internships in local industry.

In its seconds year, the VAC program will run for 8 weeks during the summer of 2018 for rising sophomores.


Interested students must submit an application. A committee of UH faculty will review the applications and invite selected candidates for interviews. Approximately 10 students would be recommended for participation in the program.


  • Rising sophomore status before the program begins
  • Honors students from college of Engineeiring/NSM/Technology
  • Preference given to students on Dean's list

Time & Place

In 2018, the program will start mid June and run until mid August. Activities will take place from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday in the CACDS office suite in the Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building (MREB suite 205) on the UH campus.


For first several weeks, there will be applications-oriented lectures during first half of the day, with the rest of the time devoted to practical exercises on state-of-the-art computing equipment and the pursuit of small projects. The lectures will cover:

  • Computer programming languages
  • Computer architecture
  • Numerical methods

Beyond the classroom instructions, there will be mini projects that the students will work on independently under the guidance of CACDS faculty.


Each student will be awarded a $4000 scholarship for the summer, payable monthly in two installments. An additional award of $500 will be provided to particularly successful students.

Computer access

All students will have access to the CACDS state-of-the-art computer hardware. The emphasis of the program is on coding and actual computer usage for numerical simulation, data analysis etc.


The applications open mid feburary and remain available for a window of about 3 weeks. Please visit this webpage during the mentioned time frame for the application form.

Interested students will be required to provide the following:

  • An unofficial transcript showing the courses taken with their grade
  • A statement of interest in the program and a very general description of future career goals (1 page max)
  • Biodata (1 page max)