Call for Proposals: 2016 Gene Golub SIAM Summer School

SIAM is calling for letters of intent for proposals for topics and organizers for the 2016 Gene Golub SIAM Summer School (G2S3). The proposed two-week school for 40 to 50 graduate students is to be held in May-August 2016 (but not during, or immediately before or after the SIAM Annual Meeting (AN16), unless it will be held near the location of AN16). Preference will be given to a computational linear algebra theme, but proposals in all areas will be considered.

The courses in the G2S3 are expected to be at the research level, have some computational flavor, and cover topics not usually found in regular university courses. The G2S3 should have an overall theme of current interest, with lectures and exercises/project sessions on complementary topics for this area.

SIAM strongly encourages participation of women and minorities as organizers, lecturers, and students in the G2S3.

Information about the G2S3 program including the composition of the G2S3 Committee can be found at
http://www.siam.org/about/com_golub.php. Information about earlier G2S3s can be found at http://www.siam.org/students/summer.php and in the archives.

SIAM will contribute up to $95,000 towards the 2016 G2S3. Most of these funds should be used to support students' attendance of the school.
 
The school should cover all expenses for the invited lecturers including lodging, meals, travel expenses, and honoraria (SIAM recommends an honorarium of $1500 per week per lecturer). The school should also cover lodging, meals, and partial travel expenses for all students, and fully cover the expenses of students with no other funding sources. Organizers are encouraged to explore other sources of supplementary funding so as to guarantee that the school can cover all expenses.

Letters of intent of up to eight pages in length should include the names of the organizers, their previous experience as organizers (if any), dates and venue, a proposed theme for the summer school, a scientific abstract, tentative titles of courses, tentative lecturers and whether or not the lecturers have committed to participating, and a tentative day-by-day schedule of activities. Explanation of how the courses complement each other will be useful. The letter of intent should also include plans for soliciting additional sources of funding, and whether these funds have been awarded, promised, or are expected. An outline of a preliminary budget should be included as well. No registration fee shall be charged to the students.

A template for the letter of intent is available here.

An ideal venue would be a place where students and lecturers are housed together, have their meals together, and where appropriate classroom and computing facilities are available. Other types of venues will be considered as well; but an effort should be made to encourage strong interactions among the students, and between students and lecturers and organizers.

The organizers of the proposal selected for the 2016 G2S3 will be responsible for inviting and confirming the lecturers, setting the schedule, working with SIAM to solicit applications from students, evaluating the applications and notifying applicants of the outcome.  SIAM will interact with the organizers to ensure that the allocated budget is not exceeded, and to ensure that the appropriate local arrangements are made in a timely fashion, that the necessary information is available on the web when needed, and that all participants are kept appropriately informed about arrangements.

Letters of intent should be sent to Linda Thiel, thiel@siam.org, preferably in pdf format no later than January 31, 2015. The G2S3 Committee will select a small number of those letters of intent, and invite only the selected proposers to submit full proposals.
 
Full proposals will be due on March 31, 2015.

For questions or informal inquiries, please contact the G2S3 committee chair, Chen Greif, greif@cs.ubc.ca, 1-604-827-5185.


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