What is ACES?

Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences (ACES)--sponsored by the University of Virginia Advanced Research Computing Services (ARCS) group, NASA, and UVA's Department of Environmental Sciences--is an exciting opportunity for students interested in computational modeling for atmospheric, ocean, climate, geophysical, and other Earth sciences. Students enrolled in the ACES program acquire hands-on application computing experience as well as training in the essentials of software engineering and high-performance computing. This is the final year the ACES program will be offered, so if you have been thinking about applying, now is the time to do it!

A total of 20 students will be selected to attend the summer school on Grounds at the University of Virginia. They will then be placed in 8-week paid internship programs at various NASA research centers across the country.* Some previous programming experience is helpful but is not required.  Students with advanced computer science skills who are interested in applications for Earth sciences are also encouraged to apply. Those admitted to the summer school will be provided with housing, two meals per day during the work week, and a generous stipend for all other meals. Travel expenses are covered within reason. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. We accept graduate students and undergraduates who will be completing their third or fourth years of study.

Important Dates for ACES 2018:

Application Deadline: March 1

Summer School: May 30—June 15

Internships: June 18–August 10


* University of Virginia environmental science students who are interested in attending the summer school portion of the ACES. program only should send an e-mail to Please include your name, UVA computing ID, academic status (fourth-year undergraduate, first-year graduate student, etc.), and a brief description of your computing experience in your message. Admission to the summer school portion of the ACES. program for UVA ES students is based on space availability and applicant eligibility.

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