The Advanced Summer Curriculum for Emerging Network Technologies (ASCENT) is a research program for highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students who want to work on interesting research projects in networking (yet also want to make some decent money) while working in the picturesque and mountainous town of Los Alamos.
(Note: We actually prefer and encourage students to come in the fall and/or spring but realize that most students prefer summer internships.)
The goal of this program is to challenge students to make ASCENTs in all aspects of life, including:
Accomplishments of the first incarnation of ASCENT include a prestigious publication for one of the participants and potential thesis topics for all of the participants.
The first instantiation of this program included the participation of six interns from three universities. Each research project was tailored to an intern's abilities as well as research interests. The research areas addressed by this crop of interns include network traffic characterization, ST (an ANSI OS-bypass protocol), real-time multimedia datagram protocol, and software tools to analyze network traces.
The 2nd Annual ASCENT program hosted seven interns from five different universities: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Texas A&M University, and Northwestern University. The hard work by this crop of interns resulted in three submitted publications as well as a simulation prototype of a protocol and an analysis tool for network traffic.
The 3rd Annual ASCENT hosted three interns from three different universities: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland at College Park, and University of Wisconsin at Madison.
The 4th Annual ASCENT hosted four interns from four different universities: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, St. John's College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
The 5th Annual ASCENT hosted five interns from five different universities: Brigham Young University, Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland, University of Texas at Dallas.
The 6th Annual ASCENT hosted five interns from four different universities: Johns Hopkins University, University of California at Davis, University of California at Riverside, University of California at San Diego.
The 7th Annual ASCENT hosted five interns from five different universities: North Carolina State University, Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, University of California at Davis, University of Illinois at Chicago.
For the 8th Annual ASCENT, we intend to hire two to three interns. If you are interested in applying to this program, please send a resume (in postscript, pdf, or Word format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on ASCENT, contact Wu-chun Feng at email@example.com@.
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