OSC Announces SI2005 High School Participants

Columbus , Ohio -- The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has announced the 15 high school finalists who will embark on its Summer Institute (SI) 2005: Supercomputing to Infinity and Beyond. SI will be held on July 10-22 in Columbus, and is hosted by OSC and partially funded by the Ohio Department of Education.

Offered to Ohio's brightest high school freshmen and sophomores for nearly 20 years, SI gives students the opportunity to work with OSC's most advanced supercomputers on challenging projects.

During SI2005, students will work in teams with scientists and teachers, learning to apply the scientific method to problem-based projects using OSC resources. The program will give students an opportunity to exercise problem-solving skills while learning about high performance computing and networking.

" The students chosen for OSC's Summer Institute this year are both a highly qualified and imaginative group," said Dave Ennis, SI Director and OSC Senior Supercomputer Research Specialist. "Not only are they gifted students and exceptional programmers, but they will come in brimming with new ideas on how to use our supercomputers. Every year, we witness new concepts being developed and then created with our facilities."

High school teachers also go through the program with the students. Ennis thinks both the students and teachers will learn a lot from one another. "Teachers may learn some programming tips from the students, and students will be exposed to mathematics and higher level topics from the teachers," he added.

SI's selection process is highly competitive. 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 SI2005! They are:

Andrew Arnold, Hoover High School

Dale Becker, Turpin High School

Andrew Bonnell, Princeton High School

Ningjie Chen, Walnut Hills High School

Austin Davis, St. Ignatius High School

William Hilton, Home School

Taylor Killian, Westerville North High School

Matthew Kuntz, Beavercreek High School

Josh Mangelson, Dublin Coffman High School

Todd Marimon, Cuyahoga Falls High School

Ryan Morehart, Central High School

Neil Sanghavi, Dublin Coffman High School

Andrew Wesie, Glen Oak High School

Jason Xiao, Hudson High School

Mark Yen, Centerville High School