OSC Announces SI 2003 High School Participants

Columbus, Ohio -- Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has announced that 12 high school finalists will embark on its Summer Institute (SI) 2003: A Prime Year for Supercomputing.

The OSC SI Program has been offered to Ohio’s brightest high school freshmen and sophomores for 15 years. SI gives students the opportunity to work with OSC’s most advanced supercomputers.

During SI 2003, students will work in teams with scientists, learning to apply scientific methods to problem-based projects using OSC resources. The program will give students an opportunity to exercise problem solving, use interpersonal communication skills, and be creative while learning about high performance computing and networking.

“This year, we’ve decided to try something new,” said Dave Ennis, SI Director and OSC Senior Supercomputer Research Specialist. “We’re going to put a high school teacher in with the groups of students. They’ll go through the program together.”

Ennis said he thinks both the students and teachers will learn a lot from one another. “Teachers may learn some programming tips from the students, and the students will be exposed to mathematics and higher level topics from the teachers.”

The admission process for SI is very selective. In their applications, students must complete a computing programming assignment, written essay, and mathematical problems. Students must also provide teacher recommendations.

Congratulations to the students selected to take part in SI 2003! They are:

  • Andi Fair Hilliard Darby HS
  • Abhijeet Gummadavelli Sycamore HS
  • Kim Jackson Centennial HS
  • Robert Jen St. Charles
  • Dallin Jensen Perrysburg HS
  • David Kupiec Kenston HS
  • Daniel Litt Orange HS
  • Jennifer Piepenburg Shaker Heights HS
  • Evgeniy Tkachenko Dublin Scioto HS
  • Arthur Wang Sycamore HS
  • Marc Weil Charles F. Brush HS
  • Jean Wheasler Dublin Coffman HS