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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” program is to provide a select group of UH undergraduates with intensive and up-to-date experiences in this area.

The program will run for 8 weeks in the summers of 2017 and 2018, with the possibility of a paid internship in a Houston area company in the summer of 2019.


Interested students must submit an application. A committee of UH faculty will review the applications and select approximately 12 students for participation in the program.

Time & Place

In 2017 the program will start on June 19 and run until August 11. Activities will take place from 9:30 to 4: 30 Monday through Friday in the CACDS office suite in the Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building (MREB suite 205) on the UH campus.


In the first few weeks there will be applications-oriented lectures 5 hours every 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 architecture
  • Computer languages: C, C++, …
  • Numerical methods


Each student will be awarded a $ 4000 scholarship for each 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 mining etc.


Please fill in 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 (1/2 page max)
  •      A very general description of future career goals (1/2 page max)