Geneva, N.Y.—Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry, has learned that The National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation program will be providing $780,220 to fund the project titled “Computers for the Northeastern Undergraduate Research Chemistry Consortium.” The consortium consists of chemistry faculty at Colgate University, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Holy Cross, St. Lawrence University, and Vassar College, all of whom have undergraduate research programs in computational chemistry.
The money will be used to purchase a supercomputer as well as workstations and local computer clusters at each of the consortium colleges. These workstations will be used to connect over the Internet to run their computations on the supercomputer located at Hamilton College, and to visualize the results of their computations.
The grant will fund two additional supercomputer workstations at Hobart and William Smith, which will allow students to continue research projects such as those concerning protein folding and drug design. The funding will also allow for students to attend an annual conference to present the results of their calculations as well as publish the results of their work in peer review journals. A portion of the National Science Foundation funds will be used to hire a system administrator and research support technician to maintain the equipment, ensure equal access for all seven investigators, troubleshoot software problems for all investigators, and help with an annual conference.
“This funding will give an outstanding group of computational chemists greater access to state-of-the-art computational power that will allow for their undergraduate research projects to flourish,” said Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, who oversees a research group at HWS.