[ugrads] FW: [computational.science] Graduate degrees in computational science at Florida State University

Greg Fasshauer fasshauer at iit.edu
Mon Jan 26 16:16:26 CST 2009

For those of you thinking about graduate school sometime in the not too
distant future...

Greg Fasshauer
Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Applied Mathematics
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL 60616
Office: Engineering 1, Room 208A
email: fasshauer at iit.edu  or fass at math.iit.edu
Phone: (312) 567-3149
Fax: (312) 567-3135
URL: http://math.iit.edu/~fass 

-----Original Message-----
From: Max Gunzburger [mailto:mgunzburger at fsu.edu] 
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 12:55 PM
To: Computational Science Mailing List
Subject: [computational.science] Graduate degrees in computational science
at Florida State University

Florida State University

Graduate student assistantships available for
Ph.D. and M.S. degree programs in Computational Science

The Department of Scientific Computing at Florida State University  
offers innovative M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Computational  
Science. Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available  
for qualified, motivated students who are interested in receiving  
cross-disciplinary training in computational science.

Many, if not most interdisciplinary degree programs, including those  
in computational science, are jointly administered by several  
departments. Florida State University has put the horse before the  
cart: it created an independent, department, the Department of  
Scientific Computing, that offers truly cross-disciplinary graduate  
degree programs in computational science. All faculty, postdocs, and  
students associated with the Department of Scientific Computing have  
offices in the same building, leading to a supportive, synergetic,  
environment in which the varied aspects of research and education in  
computational science is not only supported, but is a way of life. For  
more information about the Department of Scientific Computing and its  
graduate degree programs, please go to   http://www.sc.fsu.edu.

Over the last few decades, computations have joined theory and  
experimentation to form the three pillars of scientific discovery and  
technological design. Computational science can be viewed as residing  
at the intersection of traditional disciplines such as mathematics,  
computer science, statistics, engineering, and the sciences. Thus,  
computational science draws from but is not a subset of any of these  
disciplines. Due to the cross-disciplinary nature of computational  
science, it is essential that a computational scientist be trained in  
a setting that incorporates all the components that make up  
computational science. The Department of Scientific Computing is  
uniquely positioned to offer such training because it has a truly  
cross-disciplinary faculty who were formerly associated with  
chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, geophysical  
science, mathematics, physics, and statistics departments, with an  
even broader spectrum of traditional disciplines to be represented in  
the future.

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Computational Science can  
choose several areas of specialization. In addition to the major  
track, which trains students interested in the mathematical and  
computer science aspects of computational algorithms that can be  
applied to a wide range of disciplines, we offer tracks in atmospheric  
science, biochemistry, biological science, geological science,  
materials science, and physics. Soon, we will add a track in  
validation and verification. Students following these tracks gain  
expertise in computational issues specifically related to the chosen  
field. All students, however, will be involved in truly cross- 
disciplinary training and research.

The Department of Scientific Computing maintains a large and diverse  
computing infrastructure in support of research and education.  
Available computing resources include supercomputers, a number of  
clusters and computational servers, a laboratory for scientific  
visualization, a bioinformatics server, and more. The Visualization  
Laboratory provides high-powered visualization resources to the FSU  
community for research, analysis of large data collections, and  

Florida State University is a national graduate research university  
which has built a reputation as a strong center for research in the  
sciences. It is located in Tallahassee, FL which is situated in the  
Florida panhandle and is near some of the most beautiful, uncrowded  
beaches in the United States as well as other scenic wonders.

Applications are being accepted now for Fall 2009. Assistantships are  
available for qualified individuals. Minorities and women are  
especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a baccalaureate  
degree in a natural science, engineering, computer science,  
mathematics, or statistics. Interested applicanta should go to
where detailed instructions about how to apply are given.

Requests for more information and questions about the graduate  
programs or about the Department of Scientific Computing should be  
addressed to Dr. Janet Peterson (graduate coordinator) at
jpeterson at fsu.edu 
   or Max Gunzburger (chair) at  gunzburg at fsu.edu.


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