Round 2: Microgrant Awards for Parallelism in the Classroom

Do you have some coursework in parallel programming that other professors could make use of? Do you have some programming homework assignment that is to be solved with parallelism? Do you have some interesting lecture topic in parallelism that fits into a "standard" course within your department (and similar departments around the country and the world)? Or maybe you've had an idea about material to illustrate some facet of parallel programming that you've wanted to develop but didn't have the time or funding to work on?

What if I told you that you could get some funding support from Intel to produce material like that described above into a form that other professors could make use of in their own courses? If the answer to this last question is "Yes", then I have just the deal for you: The Intel Academic Community's Microgrant Awards for Parallelism in the Classroom.

Essentially, if you have developed or have plans to develop some courseware that teaches something about parallel programming, the Intel Academic Community would like to support your efforts to make such material available to other academics. This support could be used to fund yourself for work over the summer or to support a student for the time to write, develop, code, test, and polish the course material. And you don't need to be from a Computer Science department; material from the wider range of departments invoveld with any aspect of computational science that employs parallelism will be eligible and is encouraged.

There is one catch, though, it is a competitive award. So, you have to write up a proposal detailing the course material that would be developed. There has already been one round of competition completed. The details of the winners and their proposals is featured on the award program home page. The deadline for entries in the second round is 04 MAY 2011 and the third (and final) round deadline is 01 JUN 2011.

If you're interested in competing, be sure to read over the rules and entry criteria for proposals. Be sure to fill out the entry form and submit it by the deadline. It's not a very long or complex entry process, but you will want to be complete to be considered for one of the microgrant awards. There is some advice to potential entrants from the experiences of the judges of the first round entries in a post in the Intel Academic Community Forum.

Good luck. I hope to see your picture and winning proposal featured for all the world to see, to marvel at, and to anticipate using.