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  • Monday, June 7, 2021
  • Friday, June 11, 2021

Virtual Residency 2021 Summer Workshop on Research Computing Facilitation

Are you interested in helping researchers with their computing-intensive/data-intensive research? Register for this free workshop hosted by The University of Oklahoma.

Event details

  • Date & time
    Monday, June 7, 2021
  • Location
  • Date & time
    Tuesday, June 8, 2021
  • Date & time
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021
  • Date & time
    Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • Date & time
    Friday, June 11, 2021
    -Late afternoon

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About this event


Virtual Residency 2021 Summer Workshop on INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED Research Computing Facilitation

Mon June 7 (morning) - Fri June 11 (late afternoon) 2021
Remote via videoconferencing
Contact: Henry Neeman (

There's NO PREREQUISITE other than an interest in helping researchers with their computing-intensive/data-intensive research.

(Participation in any previous Virtual Residency workshop is NOT REQUIRED.)

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested and appropriate.


Does your institution have lots of researchers and educators who want to use advanced computing, but need some help learning how?

You or someone at your institution can learn to be more effective at helping researchers and educators use research computing!

This is a great way to get better at a career in helping researchers use research computing.

It's also a great way to meet a community of fellow research computing facilitators.


The Virtual Residency Program has already served:

935 people from 373 institutions in all 50 US states and 3 US territories plus 11 other countries on 5 continents,

* 56 Minority Serving Institutions (15% of VRP institutions);

* 96 non-PhD-granting institutions, including 4 community colleges and 3 high schools (26% of VRP institutions);

* 103 institutions in 27 of the 28 EPSCoR jurisdictions (28% of VRP institutions);

* 248 of 333 Campus Champion institutions (66% of VRP institutions, 74% of Campus Champion institutions).

And, 289 (77%) of the VRP institutions have had participants who collectively have participated in VRP activities multiple times, and 246 (66%) of the VRP institutions have had participants who collectively have participated in
multiple types of VRP activities.

Taking into account institutions already served by the Virtual Residency and institutions that are scheduled to be served by this coming summer's workshop:

* in the latest Carnegie Classification ratings:
-- 123 of 131 (94%) of R1 institutions (Carnegie Very High Research Activity),
-- 84 of 135 (62%) of R2 institutions (Carnegie High Research Activity);

* in the latest US News rankings of national universities:
-- all but one of the Top 10,
-- 23 of the Top 25 (88%);
-- 47 of the Top 50 (90%, because #49 is a 4-way tie),
-- 84 of the Top 100 (82%, because #97 is a 6-way tie),
-- 116 of the Top 150 (77%, because #143 is a 10-way tie),
-- 140 of the Top 200 (69%, because #196 is a 10-way tie).

(This takes into account all of the Virtual Residency activities: workshops in 2015-20, a couple of mini-workshops run separately by the U California system, the Virtual Residency workshop planning calls, the Grant Proposal Writing Apprenticeship and the Paper Writing Apprenticeship.)

Clarifying, since this question has come up in the past:

You *DON'T* have to participated in ANY past Virtual Residency event (including this year's workshop planning calls), NOR in Campus Champions NOR Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) efforts, in order to participate in the 2021 Virtual Residency workshop -- though of course everyone in those groups are encouraged to apply!




INTRO: Effective Communication
INTRO: Faculty: Tenure, Promotion, Reward System
INTRO: Cyberinfrastructure User Support
INTRO: How to Do an Intake Interview
INTRO: The CI Milieu: Systems, Service Providers, Technologies
INTRO: Components of a Research Computing Resource


INTMD: Facilitating AI/Machine Learning/Deep Learning
INTMD: Facilitating Cloud Computing
INTMD: Research Data Management for Big Data
INTMD: Deciding Which Technologies to Adopt, and When
INTMD: Assessing and Anticipating Researcher Needs


ADV: The CI Funding Landscape
ADV: Low Cost Solutions for Research Computing Hardware and
Maximizing Value from Acquisitions
ADV: Strategic Thinking & Visioning
ADV: Teams of CI Professionals: Recruitment & Retention,
Management, Team-building, and Motivation
ADV: Identifying Target Populations and Broadening the Constituency
combined with Marketing, Communication, Demonstrating Impact/Value
ADV: Ethics & Privacy in Advanced Research Computing
ADV: Discussion of "Research Computing and Data Professionals
Job Elements and Career Guide"

(This tentative list of topics is subject to change without notice, and doesn't necessarily reflect the order in which sessions will occur.)