The Numbers and Bytes Club selected 11 motivated students to travel to Clemson, SC to learn more about the Graduate Programs at Clemson University. The students, supervised by CSIS faculty members Dr. Jones and Dr. Murphy, were able to learn what Clemson’s Graduate Program has to offer, and also take a tour of the 3rd fastest academic supercomputer in the world.
The first day of the trip was spent learning about the Digital Productions Arts program. This program is focused on producing technically savvy and talented graduate students who will be able to work in the entertainment/commercial video, film, and gaming industries.
On the second day, each student was able to speak one-on-one with one or more Graduate professors in the student’s area(s) of interest. These faculty members are working on research in such varied fields as Big Data, Parallel Computing Systems, Computer Science Engineering, and many others. Additionally, students were able to talk to Professors who are offering research programs during the summer.
Following the visit, two students were selected from Numbers and Bytes to participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU’s) at Clemson University this summer. This is in addition to two other CCU students who have also been invited to participate in Clemson REU’s this summer, for a total of 4 students from our department. The REU’s relate to Data-Intensive Computing
and Collaborative Data Vizualization Applications
Students also met with current Ph.D. students Yvon Feaster, Toni Bloodworth and Lauren Dukes (pictured above). Numbers and Bytes students were able to ask questions about applying to graduate school, life at graduate school, their personal research, and about Clemson University.
Next, the students took a private tour of the Data Center at Clemson University’s Information Technology Center (ITC). This data center serves Clemson University and affiliates by powering the Academic and Administrative Systems, as well as the major High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems on campus. Students were able to see all the components required to run a fully functional data center and the Palmetto Cluster (Clemson University's primary HPC resource). This visit allowed students to understand where their undergraduate degree here at Coastal Carolina University can take them.
Numbers and Bytes would like to thank Clemson University’s School of Computing
for this opportunity. Specifically, thanks to Chair of the Computer Science Division Dr. Amy Apon
, and Assistant Professor Dr. Sekou Remy
for their help in organizing the visit. Additionally, thank you to all of the Clemson University professors and Ph.D. students who were involved with the visit, and who offered such valuable information and experiences to our students.