CCIMS Project

CCIMS Project

The Doane University pilot Center for Computing Institutional Merger System (CCIMS) project will incorporate the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) tools into research and teaching, and effectively train students and faculty to exploit advanced CI capabilities and methods for research and produce curriculum materials that can be integrated into undergraduate science and engineering courses. The project also establishes a “coding center in a box” that will be adoptable by other institutions to support their own CI users and enable the establishment of centers capable of providing student-led peer consultation and instruction to undergraduate students interested in programming, computational and data-driven science, and advanced CI tools for use in teaching and research.
The CCIMS pilot project has the following specific objectives:
 
  1. Build a campus culture for computing using a comprehensive marketing strategy;
  2. Recruit, train, and manage a cohort of undergraduate students to serve as Peer Consultants and develop training materials for preparing Peer Consultants;
  3. Create a comprehensive package of materials related to the implementation of a Coding Center;
  4. Develop and implement a workshop in advanced CI techniques targeted at undergraduate students and faculty;
  5. Develop five classroom modules that feature advanced CI techniques; and
  6. compile and maintain a curated repository of large, open data sets available in the cloud that undergraduate students and faculty can access and study. 

The CCIMS project is funded by a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) CyberTraining - Training-based program. The full abstract for the project may be found here