[hpc-announce] Call for Applications: CDER PDC Curriculum Development Grants and Summer Training

Charles Weems weems at cs.umass.edu
Sun Jun 7 13:06:10 CDT 2020

The CDER Center is pleased to announce a summer program to help faculty incorporate Parallel and Distributed Computing (PDC) into courses for students in their first two years of undergraduate study.

$4250 grant to each of 16 participants
Grant recipients attend a one-week, online training workshop (August 10-14, 2020) hosted by UMass, Amherst
	Training includes PDC content, and educational evaluation methodology
Focus this year will be on Introductory Programming and Data Structures, courses
Recipients implement PDC course enhancements or new course(s) in academic year 2020-2021, then write and submit a paper describing their course experiment and evaluation experience
Instructors may also apply to just participate in the training, with no grant or other obligations. 
Application Deadline: July 6, 2020
Notification: July 13, 2020

Program Overview

The $4250 grant is meant to be used in support of curriculum development. Because we have moved to online instruction, the grant does not include support for travel to the workshop this year. There is no fee for the workshop itself. 

Training will be a combination of learning to use PDC tools, learning how to design and instrument an experimental course for meaningful evaluation, and pedagogical approaches for engaging a diverse set of students in PDC studies. 

The expectation is that grant recipients will develop experimental versions of course enhancements, or a new course or courses, to be offered in the academic year following the training. Participants commit to preparing a paper that reports the results of their efforts, based on application of the evaluation methodologies covered in the training, and submitting it for publication. The grant is also intended to help support travel to present the paper. Any courseware that is developed will be contributed to the CDER exemplars public repository so that others may benefit from these course development efforts. 

Participants from the 2019 training may apply for a new project, but priority will be given to those who have not previously received a course development grant. Because this year we are addressing the same set of courses as was covered in 2018, participants from 2018 may not reapply.

Detailed application instructions can be found at:


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