On Friday, April 12, SIAM student chapters from the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University converged 25 miles southwest of Chicago at the Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest laboratories for science and engineering research.
The visit was hosted by the Math & Computer Science Division and consisted of research presentations from Argonne postdocs and senior researchers as well as tours of the Advanced Photon Source and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, both world-class resources for cutting-edge research.
Since the 2012 SIAM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, these three Chicago-area student chapters have been working closely together to organize more collaborative events. In addition to this visit, the chapters are organizing the Chicago-Area SIAM Student Conference on April 27-28, hosted at UIC. This conference will feature three plenary speakers, a career panel, and research presentations from students in applied mathematics and other related disciplines. It will be the first in a series of annual conferences jointly organized by the three student chapters, hosted at each university in turn, and it was inspired by the IIT SIAM Student Chapter Conference in October 2011.
At Argonne, the research staff encouraged students to apply for paid summer research positions which are available to graduate and undergraduate students. The MCS division also employs a large number of postdoctoral researchers, and Argonne was recently chosen as one of the best places in the U.S. to work as a postdoc.
More information about the SIAM student conference can be found at www.cassc2013.com. For more information about research opportunities at Argonne National Laboratory, visit www.dep.anl.gov.