IRIS-HEP Fellows Program

Applications for Summer 2021 are now completed. Please check back for Fellow opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year.

People are the key to successful software. IRIS-HEP aims to promote the development of advanced research software skills by providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to connect with mentors within the larger High Energy Physics (HEP) and Computational/Data Science community. At the same time, we aim to promote software as a collaborative activity and encourage collaborations which engage individuals in ways that maximize their potential and their potential impact on the community. To accomplish these goals, IRIS-HEP has created a Fellows program. IRIS-HEP Fellows will spend some number of months working closely with a mentor on an R&D topic relevant to the Institute.

Which R&D areas are of interest to IRIS-HEP? - We are particularly interested in software R&D areas where IRIS-HEP personnel are active, but may also consider proposals for other software R&D topics of larger relevance to the HEP community. The IRIS-HEP activities include:

(Click through the links above to see the specific projects on which we are working.) It is not required that the mentors are IRIS-HEP team members, or that a specific project be one for which IRIS-HEP personnel are active. Any appropriate mentor from the larger community working in one of these areas can be part of the program.

Who should apply to the Fellows program? - Are you reasonably comfortable with basic programming through skills acquired (for example) from coursework or dedicated training activities? Are you interested in building on those skills to gain experience through contributions to cutting edge open source research software projects? Then the IRIS-HEP Fellows program could be for you. Prior physics knowledge is helpful, but not required. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM activities are particularly encouraged.

For Summer 2021 we are happy to accept proposals for IRIS-HEP Fellows from undergraduate students and graduate students that do not have a research assistantship (e.g. Masters students). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no travel or relocation subsistence costs can currently be paid to support co-location of either Fellows with mentors. Fellows will in general work remotely at a distance with their mentors, unless they happen to be at the same institution. Applicant students should be associated with a US university.

Duration of fellowship and total stipend: An IRIS-HEP fellowship will pay up to 3 FTE-months (full time equivalent) at $2000/month during Summer 2021. We have some flexibility to accommodate different summer schedules and lengths.

Projects: Research software projects should in general be in the R&D areas listed above or (in some cases) be projects of more general interest to the HEP community. How do you find a project? There are several possibilities:

  • Examples of currently open IRIS-HEP Fellow projects can be found on a separate webpage. These projects are of interest to IRIS-HEP researchers (who may then act as mentors). You can write to the mentor listed to discuss or reach out to fellows@iris-hep.org for more information. This page may be updated from time to time, so check back and reload.
  • Additional example projects of interest in the wider HEP community can also be found on the HEP Software Foundation Google Summer of Code (HSF GSoC) webpage. While GSoC is a separate program, funded by Google, many of the projects could also be appropriate for IRIS-HEP Fellows if they are related to the R&D areas listed above.
  • Recent Fellows and links to descriptions of their projects can be found below in the list of current and past Fellows. In some cases, there may be continuations of those projects.
  • Some additional projects for Summer 2021 are listed on the DIANA/HEP Fellows webpage and on the open projects page of the Compiler Research project
  • You can explore the links above to the IRIS-HEP R&D research activities. Most IRIS-HEP active projects list contacts with whom you can discuss to bring your own ideas.

Prospective fellows are encouraged to contact specific mentors listed on the project pages above. If you have a idea for a project which excites you, but do not find similar examples or are not sure which mentor to contact, please do not hesitate to contact the IRIS-HEP fellows@iris-hep.org mailing list. The lists above are not exhaustive. We will help you link up with possible mentor candidates!

Prospective fellows will eventually apply (to fellows@iris-hep.org) by providing:

  • A CV. Please include both educational status and any software-relevant coursework and/or previous software projects and activities.
  • A short proposal. In the proposal you should briefly describe the software development activity that you would like to pursue, and how that activity will enhance your own and other people’s research activities. Note also the intended software project or person with whom you will collaborate as mentor. Proposals for which an initial plan has been worked out with the mentor will likely rank more strongly. The proposal should be short, typically no more 1-2 pages to describe the project and then a short timeline with deliverables (see also examples from previous fellows). The timeline should also include the proposed FTE effort fractions by month (not to exceed 3 FTE-months total) and information on other major activities taking significant time (other research activities or jobs, coursework load, etc.)

IRIS-HEP Fellow positions will be awarded in a rolling fashion based on submitted project proposals. All proposals submitted by Sunday, 18 April, 2021, will receive full consideration.

Current IRIS-HEP Fellows

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Sukanya Krishna
University of California, San Diego

Jun – Sep, 2021

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Rahul Agrawal
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT KGP)

Jun – Sep, 2021

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Eshan Bhargava
University of Southern California

Jun – Sep, 2021

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Rohith Karur
UC Berkeley/LBNL

Jun – Sep, 2021

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Kyle Feist
University of Kentucky

Jun – Aug, 2021

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Jun – Aug, 2021

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Kaitlin Salyer
Boston University

Jun – Dec, 2021

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Mihir Katare
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

May – Aug, 2021

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Braden Kronheim
Davidson College

May – Aug, 2021

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Nicholas Decheine
University of Wisconsin - Madison

May – Aug, 2021

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Sammy Edwards
University of Wisconsin - Platteville

May – Aug, 2021

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Sofia Graziano
University of Pennsylvania

May – Aug, 2021

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Shravan Chaudhari
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani

May – Aug, 2021

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Ali Hariri
University of Alabama

May – Aug, 2021

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Orgho Neogi
University of Iowa

Feb – Aug, 2021

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Anish Biswas
Manipal Institute of Technology

Jan – Apr, 2021

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Caitlin Patterson
The Ohio State University

Jan – Jun, 2021


Former IRIS-HEP Fellows

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Jason Hipkins
University of Maryland - College Park

Jun – Sep, 2021

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Storm Lin
UC Berkeley

Jun – Aug, 2021

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Santam Roy Choudhury
National Institute of Technology, Durgapur

Jun – Aug, 2021

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Aman Goel
Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi

Jun – Aug, 2021

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Nupur Oza
University of Pennsylvania

May – Aug, 2021

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Varun Sreenivasan
University of Wisconsin-Madison

May – Aug, 2021

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Shuo Liu
Columbia University in the City of New York

May – Aug, 2021

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Jason Wong
University of California, Berkeley

May – Aug, 2021

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Aryan Roy
Manipal Institute of Technology

Apr – Aug, 2021

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Farouk Mokhtar
University of California, San Diego

Apr – Sep, 2021

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Baidyanath Kundu
Manipal Institute of Technology

Feb – Apr, 2021

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Brian Cruz
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Jan – Jun, 2021

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Max Orok
University of Ottawa

Jan – Jul, 2021

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Garima Singh
Manipal Institute of Technology

Jan – May, 2021

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Emily Tsai
University of Texas at Austin

Jan – May, 2021

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Jayjeet Chakraborty
National Institute Of Technology, Durgapur

Jun – Sep, 2020
Jan – Jul, 2021

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Omar Alterkait
University of Colorado, Boulder

Jan – Jun, 2021

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Ed van Bruggen
University of Washington, Seattle

Jan – Jun, 2021

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Abdelrahman Elabd
University of Pennsylvania

Jan – Jul, 2021

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Jeremy Ferguson
University of California-Berkeley

Jan – Jun, 2021

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Aaron Wang
University of Washington, Seattle

Jan – Jun, 2021

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Zora Che
Boston University

Jan – May, 2021

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Vesal Razavimaleki
University of California, San Diego

Jul – Sep, 2020

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Suhaib Shaikh
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Jul – Sep, 2020

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Tomohiro Yamazaki
University of California, Berkeley

Jul – Sep, 2020

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Peter Chatain
Stanford University

Jun – Sep, 2020

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Sean Condon
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jun – Aug, 2020

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Pratyush (Reik) Das
Institute of Engineering & Management (Kolkata)

Jun – Sep, 2020
Jun – Sep, 2019

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Aneesh Heintz
Cornell University

Jun – Sep, 2020

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Alan Aneeth Jegaraj
University of Cincinnati

Jun – Aug, 2020

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Vladimir Ovechkin
University of Washington, Seattle

Jun – Aug, 2020

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Xiongfeng Song
Rice University

Jun – Aug, 2020

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Erik Wallin
Lund University

Jun – Aug, 2020

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Bo Zheng
Rice University

Jun – Aug, 2020

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David Liu
University of Washington

May – Sep, 2020

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Thomas Shearer
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

May – Aug, 2020

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Manjari Trivedi
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

May – Aug, 2020

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Ralf Farkas
Universität Bonn (Germany)

Jan – Mar, 2020

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Raghav Kansal
University of California, San Diego

Jun – Aug, 2019