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What is the OSC Summer Institute (SI)?
Will I have time to play?
How do I apply?
What are the eligibility requirements?
What about teachers?
How much does it cost to participate if I am selected?
I live out of town. Where would I stay and eat meals?
What is OSC?
Want to know more?

What is the OSC Summer Institute (SI)?
Since 1990, the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), through The Ohio State University (OSU), has hosted an annual Summer Institute (SI) for two weeks during the summer.
Click here to check out some of the past SIs. 

SI gives Ohio's high school students who are completing their freshmen, sophomore or junior years, real-world experience in the dynamic fields of high performance computing (HPC) and networking. During this residential program, students get hands-on training in programming and visualization. While working together in small groups, under the guidance of scientists, students apply the scientific method to their studies and solve complex problems using OSC resources. 

To make the experience especially well-rounded, OSC invites experts from the science, engineering, HPC and networking fields to speak with the students about relevant topics and careers in science and engineering. This rare opportunity gives students an "insider's" perspective. Students also take field trips with a science and engineering spin.

Will I have time to play?
SI isn't just about spending time in the classroom. Students enjoy a full day learning about team building while navigating obstacle courses at the Adventure Education Center. Students also get a behind-the-scenes view of OSU's campus. They will get a taste of campus life by living and dining in the dorms.

How do I apply?
Click here to download the SI application materials.

What are the eligibility requirements?
Current school year Ohio freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

What about teachers?
Click here to download the SI application materials.

How much does it cost to participate if I am selected?
OSC with support from the National Science Foundation, AMD and NVIDIA covers the costs of the SI program and all materials associated with it. Students' families are responsible for their housing and meal expenses (lunches excluded).

I live out of town. Where would I stay and eat meals?
Students will be staying in The Ohio State University (OSU) dorms (http://conferenceservices.osu.edu/). Rooms are air conditioned and linens are included. OSC will provide around the clock adult supervision. Housing fees will be approximately $260.00 for rooms with multiple students. OSC will serve lunches at no cost. Students will eat breakfasts and dinners in the OSU dining commons. The approximate cost for these meals is $177.50. Students are expected to cover their housing and meal expenses. For more information about rates, see http://conferenceservices.osu.edu/rate-sheet/.

What is OSC?
OSC, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a state-supported resource for Ohio's scientists, engineers, and educators. High performance computing, networking, and education converge at OSC to help position Ohio as a research and information state. The Center promotes collaboration with and among its users to benefit Ohio research and possibly affect the way the world turns during the new millennium. OSC Networking helps position Ohio as an information state connecting more than a million Ohioans to the Internet. For more information about OSC, see http://www.osc.edu/.

Want to know more?
Click here to check out some of the past SIs. You can also write to si-contact@osc.edu or call (614) 688-8300.