IRIS-HEP Fellows Program

We are now accepting proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year (fall, winter, spring)

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.

In order to accomplish these goals, IRIS-HEP has created a Fellow program. IRIS-HEP Fellows will spend some number of months working closely with a mentor on an R&D topic relevant to the Institute. Possible software R&D areas include:

It is not required that the mentors are IRIS-HEP team members, 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.

Two types of IRIS-HEP Fellows are possible:

  • IRIS-HEP Undergraduate Fellows - Undergraduate fellows work with a mentor to develop research software relevant for HEP in one of the R&D areas listed above. Undergraduate fellows will receive a stipend, paid monthly, during their fellowship.

  • IRIS-HEP Graduate Fellows - Masters or Ph.D. Graduate fellows work with a mentor to develop research software relevant for HEP in one of the R&D areas listed above. Graduate fellows will receive a stipend, paid monthly, during their fellowship. They should not in general have support via a teaching or research assistant position during the fellowship period.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no travel or subsistence payments can currently be paid to support co-location of either Undergraduate or Graduate Fellows with mentors. Fellows will in general work remotely at a distance with their mentors, unless they happen to be at the same institution.

Duration of fellowship and total stipend: An IRIS-HEP fellowship will pay up to 3 FTE-months (full time equivalent) at $2000/month. As full time research software activities are not consistent with taking classes during the academic year (as opposed to summer), most fellows will work a smaller time fraction over a larger number of calendar months. (For example, half-time for 6 months.) Applicants should include a proposed time profile for their activities in their proposal, as well as note their academic course load and/or any other activities taking significant time.

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. Recent Fellows and links to descriptions of their projects can be found below in the list of current and past Fellows. Examples of currently open IRIS-HEP Fellow projects can be found on a separate webpage. 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. Interested prospective fellows and/or mentors are also encouraged to write to fellows@iris-hep.org for more information.

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. The proposal should be short, typically no more one page 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 (coursework load, etc.)

IRIS-HEP Fellow positions will be awarded in a rolling fashion based on submitted project proposals. All proposals submitted before Friday, 6 November, 2020 will receive full consideration.

IRIS-HEP Current Fellows (Summer 2020)

Former IRIS-HEP Fellows

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Alan Aneeth Jegaraj
University of Cincinnati

Jun - Aug 2020

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Aneesh Heintz
Cornell University

Jun - Sep 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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Erik Wallin
Lund University

Jun - Aug 2020

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Jayjeet Chakraborty
National Institute Of Technology, Durgapur

Jun - Sep 2020

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Manjari Trivedi
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

May - Aug 2020

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Peter Chatain
Stanford University

Jun - Sep 2020

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Raghav Kansal
University of California, San Diego

Jun - Aug 2019

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Ralf Farkas
Universität Bonn (Germany)

Jan - Mar 2020

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

Jun - Sep 2020
Jun - Sep 2019

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Sean Condon
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jun - Aug 2020

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Suhaib Shaikh
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Jul - Sep 2020

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Thomas Shearer
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

May - Aug 2020

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Tomohiro Yamazaki
University of California, Berkeley

Jul - Sep 2020

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Vesal Razavimaleki
University of California, San Diego

Jul - Sep 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