The Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory welcomed 33 attendees to this year’s Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences Workshop on April 13-14. The event, which took place at the Peter O’Donnell Building at The University of Texas at Austin, included research presentations in addition to interactive panels and discussions on topics ranging from communications, networking, grant proposals, and academic and research careers.
Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences brings together outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in pursuing academic and research careers in the field, with a focus on increasing the participation of underrepresented genders in computational and data sciences.
One of the primary focuses of the workshop is to encourage networking opportunities. Nicole Aretz, a Peter O’Donnell Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oden Institute, was a Rising Star participant in 2022, and provided local organizing support for this year’s event. Aretz said a big part of the workshop is community building. “Attendees share hotel rooms which supports continued networking even after the day’s sessions, making stronger connections from uniquely different universities. Creating an environment for attendees to mingle and network is important. Since this is a much smaller environment, it fosters a place to find community.”