Undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students with an interest in high performance computing have a variety of opportunities to participate in SC.

Get an overview of the entire Students@SC program:


Or check out the opportunities available below:

Student Volunteers

Calling all undergraduate and graduate students! Volunteers assist conference operations and can also participate in the Technical Program. Travel support is available.

Student Cluster Competition

Teams of undergraduate students from around the world put their skills to the test building, operating, and tuning powerful cluster computers in this high-powered competition.


A competition with the intent to create a more inclusive and education-focused track of the Student Cluster Competition.

Mentor–Protégé Program

Students at SC can be matched up with a mentor who provides personal insight into their career trajectory and the ins and outs of the HPC world – ultimately establish a lasting mentoring connection. Participants are invited to a breakfast before the Keynote to get to know their mentor.

HPC Immersion

For undergraduate students early in their academic career seeking an introduction to high performance computing. Students will be guided through the SC Technical Program and meaningfully engage in activities including technical talks and workshops to gain an understanding of career options in computer science, computer engineering, and computational science.

ACM Student Research Competition

The ACM Student Research Competition showcases original research from undergraduate and graduate students, with winners selected based on poster content and presentation quality. 

Doctoral Showcase

The Doctoral Showcase provides an opportunity for PhD students to present their dissertation research in the form of short talks and poster presentations. 

Job Fair

This face-to-face event is the perfect place to discover and meet with potential employers. Open to all student conference attendees. We’ve supplied guidelines for students and recruiters.

Student Tours

Local student groups are invited to visit the SC Conference, where they can attend talks on high performance computing and take a guided tour of the Exhibits Hall.

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