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OSG User School 2020

Could you transform your research with vast amounts of computing?

Come spend a week at the beautiful University of Wisconsin–Madison and learn how.

During the school, July 6–10, you will learn to use high-throughput computing (HTC) systems — at your own campus or using the national Open Science Grid (OSG) — to run large-scale computing applications that are at the heart of today’s cutting-edge science. Through lectures, discussions, and lots of hands-on activities with experienced OSG staff, you will learn how HTC systems work, how to run and manage lots of jobs and huge datasets to implement a scientific computing workflow, and where to turn for more information and help. Take a look at the high-level curriculum and syllabus for more details.

The school is ideal for graduate students in any science or research domain where large-scale computing is a vital part of the research process, plus we will consider applications from advanced undergraduates, post-doctoral students, faculty, and staff. Students accepted to this program will receive financial support for basic travel and local costs associated with the School.


Applications are open now.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 10. If you are unsure about applying, given all the uncertainties lately, go ahead and submit an application! Even if this year’s School is postponed or canceled, the first choice of seats at the next School that is offered will go to applicants selected this year.

To apply, complete both of the steps below (in parallel, if you like):

For the letter of recommendation, ask someone who knows you professionally — ideally a faculty member or other supervisor. They should clearly identify your name and the “OSG User School 2020” in the subject line and letter, so that we can associate your application and letter.

Ideal candidates will:

Not a graduate student or support staff? We consider applications from advanced undergraduates, especially those who are involved in graduate-level research or coursework; make a strong case for yourself! Also, we consider other groups (post-doctoral students, faculty, researchers, other staff, etc.), especially if you convince us that this opportunity is likely to have a significant effect on your work or research, or that of others.

Spread the Word

Please tell people who may be interested in the School about us. We will announce the School by email a couple of times, but you can send anyone to this website at any time!

Another way to help: Download our flyer, print copies, and post in prominent locations where good candidates might see it!

Contact Us

The OSG User School is part of the OSG Outreach Area — please visit that site to learn about other OSG Outreach activities.

If you have any questions about the School, the application process, or anything else, feel free to email us:

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