What is ISSCENS?

The Intensive Summer School for Computing in Environmental Sciences (ISSCENS) is a nationally-recognized educational program sponsored by the University of Virginia Advanced Computing Services and Engagement (UVACSE) office, NASA, and U.Va.’s Department of Environmental Science.

It is also an exciting opportunity for students interested in working with computational applications for atmospheric, ocean, climate, and other environmental sciences. Students enrolled in the ISSCENS program will acquire hands-on computing experience and basic training in software engineering and high-performance computing.

ISSCENS is primarily geared toward graduate students and undergraduates in their final year of study, but motivated third-year students who plan to go on to graduate school are also encouraged to apply. A total of 20 students will be selected for the Summer School, of which 10 will go on to 8-week internships at NASA centers. No previous programming experience is required, as we teach it starting with the basics. However, students should at least be interested in computing and intend to use it in their future research. Those admitted to the summer school will be provided housing, two meals per day during the work week, and an allowance for dinners and weekend meals. Also, student travel will be covered up to a maximum of $750. Students selected to attend the Summer School may be foreign nationals, but only U.S. citizens are eligible for NASA internships.

Please see this document for more information.

How to Apply

U.S. Citizens

  1. You will first need to register with UVACSE, but do not submit your application materials to this site.
  2. Submit an application through NASA’s OSSI site. Be sure to include all application materials and use the same email address for both the UVACSE and OSSI sites. Please complete this step even if you are unsure if you will accept the internship.

Please note: You will not be able to search for "ISSCENS" on the OSSI website. Instead, simply apply to a NASA internship based on your research interests.

Non-U.S. Citizens

Register with UVACSE and submit all of your application materials to this site. Non-citizens are not eligible for NASA internships.

Required Application Materials

Information about specific courses and/or informal transcripts as requested. Email addresses for two references. Once the applicant's part is completed and submitted, references will receive private URLs to access the recommendation forms. A statement of intent is also required. The applicant should write a short explanation of how the ISSCENS program and NASA internship fit with his/her career goals.

Dates for Summer 2015

Application Deadline: March 1
Summer School: May 27–June 12
Internships: June 15–August 7