Minority Serving Institutions (MSI Program)

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Program Overview:
The purpose of this project is to increase the participation of minorities in the SC conferences by providing support to help faculty and/or IT professionals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to attend the conference. It is our intention in providing these grants to improve our ability to reach groups that have traditionally not had access to high performance computing. IEEE and ACM fund the SC MSI Participation Grant. The intended impact of this project goes beyond just increasing the numbers of MSI participants in SC conferences to fostering collaborative relationships between faculty at MSIs and research scientists at major research centers and impacting the amount and quality of computational science education at MSIs.

Through this program selected grant recipients will be invited to participate in either the Tutorials Program (11/16-17) (/sc2003/tech_tutorials.html) or the Technical program (11/18-21) (/sc2003/tech_over.html).

Grant Application Process:
To apply candidates should complete and submit the SC2003 MSI Grant Application Form by the May 30, 2003 deadline. Please note that applicants must be either a US citizen or permanent resident in order to qualify for a grant. Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail by June 30, 2003. Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled. /sc2003/tech_msiform.php

Selection Criteria:
The SC MSI Grant Program will select 45 participants. To be considered candidates:
  • Must be a faculty or IT professionals from an MSI. (Student not eligible).
  • Must be either a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be able to attend all MSI-related activities that include: an MSI Opening Session (11/16 @ 5:30 p.m.); Reception (11/18 @ 5:30 p.m.), and Birds of a Feather (BoF) discussion (11/18 @ 12 noon).

Financing Participants:
Pending upon funding, up to 45 grants in the amount of $1,200 will be awarded to those selected to attend SC2003 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will be held in the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center November 15-21, 2003. Individual grants will reimburse the cost of travel, lodging, and per diem up to $1,200. Expenses exceeding $1,200 will not be reimbursed. In addition to the $1,200 award, participants will be given a complementary Conference registration for either the Technical Program or Tutorials with a one-day pass to the SC Exhibits Hall. The grant award is nontransferable. Grant recipients should allow up to 8 weeks following the conference to receive reimbursement payment.

Reimbursements will be processed upon receipt of SC2003 Travel Expense Report, original receipts and the SC 2003 Survey. The Conference Registration fee will be handled through the budget of the appropriate committee. Detailed travel expense guidelines are available here.

Conference Registration Procedures:
Selected participants will be provided a URL to register via the web, where they will select Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) as their registration category. Selection of the MSI category will permit them to register for either the Technical Program or Tutorials without having to submit payment information. The selected candidates may pick up their conference materials at the SC2003 Registration Counter beginning Saturday, November 15th at 1:00pm. For additional information, contact: Stephenie McLean.