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Project SUCCEED offers formal workshops and classes in the theory and practice of computational science, both as stand-alone classes and as a prelude to full research apprenticeships for some students . By computational science we mean that aspect of any science in which the computation plays an essential role. With support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, we have developed and offer a range of content-rich workshops and classes that introduce area students to research methodologies, mathematical modeling, scientific computing, data visualization, and computer programming. Students learn to make the appropriate match of application, algorithm, and architecture which is at the heart of computational science. While some short workshops (typically one or two sessions of a few hours duration) will focus on the foundational skills of a computational scientist, the longer classes will be built around topical areas such as computational chemistry, physics, biology, environmental sciences, forensics medical/biosciences, and/or mathematics. One such topical class is offered each semester and several will be offered over the summer.

Classes are a blend of lecture, directed laboratory exercises that enable the students to learn in a hands-on environment, and independent work. Wherever possible, examples for the classes will be drawn from the current research projects of the Foundation scientists and collaborators as a way of whetting the appetite for full research apprenticeships. Workshops and classes are given more than once and will rotate throughout the year. Enrollment is limited to fourteen students per class; we expect that some students will take more than one class over the project lifetime.

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