The Los Alamos National Lab’s Data Science at Scale School was inaugurated in 2013 to recruit outstanding students to the laboratory to participate in data intensive science projects. Particular focus is placed on using big data technologies to gain insights from science data. Although most students are present at the lab for 12 weeks in the June to August timeframe, the schedule is flexible to meet individual needs and the school is active year round.

Students work together with computer and application scientists to produce prototypes that solve a data intensive scientific problems of interest to the laboratory. Their code and reports are published as open source and composed into a suite of programs that help characterize the growing data intensive science workload at Los Alamos.

The school hosts visitors most weeks during the summer months and for special occations. The visitors interact with students and staff and participate in the weekly reading group. Additionally, most visitors give presentations as part of the Los Alamos Information Science and Technology Institute’s Seminar Series (typically at 3PM Wednesdays in the CNLS Conference Room TA3/SM1690/RM102).

Outstanding undergraduate or graduate students in computer science, data science, math or statistics are encouraged to apply for positions in the Data Science at Scale School by January 15 of each year. Students need not be US citizens.