The Mizzou Advantage initiative is truly one of the highlights at Mizzou for students who wish to conduct research. Mizzou Advantage encourages interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, students and external partners to solve real-world problems in four areas: Food for the Future, Media of the Future, One Health/One Medicine, and Sustainable Energy. As their website says, “An educational component within each of the four areas develops and nurtures student-driven programs and gives University of Missouri students a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace.”
The recent $1 million award from the National Science Foundation will only expand student opportunities within the Mizzou Advantage initiative. The award will fund the installation of a supercomputer that will enable data-intensive research and education at Mizzou in the bioinformatics, geoinformatics, and high performance and engineering applications fields. Prasad Calyam, assistant professor of Computer Science at MIzzou’s College of Engineering said, ““We will test configurations and conduct analyses on how the new supercomputer system works to help researchers get their information quickly while providing guidance to scientists and university-based supercomputer initiatives. Our aim is to develop new knowledge and become the model for hybrid clouds in other supercomputing hubs throughout the U.S.” Students who are interested in projects like this can read more about Mizzou Advantage’s Undergraduate Research Teams can find more information on their website.