The two ways our researchers work with the institute
Our scientists and technologists are active researchers in our area (northern New Mexico) and they work together with our internship students to develop optimal paths for budding researchers. Our focus is on advanced computational techniques. The (still growing) list of our researchers is in the Institute’s community page.
There are two ways our researchers work with the institute: they can be guest lecturers, or mentor an intern.
A guest lecturer gives a two hour presentation during the course of the Institute’s internship program. The first hour is a presentation of their research topic at a level appropriate for highly motivated upper grade high school students. In the second hour they present a computational project, broken down in to phases a student might be able to tackle, which would lead to an advancement or a better understanding of their project.
Mentoring is very light duty with us: mentors meet (in person or by videocon) with their student early on and propose a project.
After that they are available to occasionally discuss the project (possibly once or twice/week, but it’s really up to the mentor — everyone has their style).
Mentors do not have to give any help with programming: our chat room is stacked with the other interns and with some very strong scientific programmers who will help with all their software needs.
Typically the ideal project is either a contained part of current research, or a “back burner” project – some idea the mentor had, and has not yet had a chance to work on.
More information about internship projects is in our Research internships page.