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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 now closed. We received many applications this year, so thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic interest especially during these highly unusual times!

If still needed, have someone email a letter of recommendation for you to [email protected] (any reasonable format is fine; we like PDF or plain text best). 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.

We plan to review applications by late April and inform applicants of their status by early May or so. At that time, we will also have clear information about any changes to the School due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will contact all applicants once decisions have been made. Thank you for your patience!

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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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