Mathematics student shares summer experience

Each year, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) welcomes a new group of summer interns from different backgrounds to gain hands-on experience in science.

FIU’s Emily Costa joined this year’s program working in the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS), where she learned to conduct research in a high-performance computing environment.

Emily Costa among other interns
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During her internship, she contributed to aspects of a scientific Python package that helps scalable frameworks for imaging and spectroscopy while developing better ways for researchers to interact with the code.

Costa is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and hopes to pursue a PhD in computer science after graduation. Despite majoring in mathematics, her experience in this internship taught her how computer science generally intersects with math in the field.

“Computer science problems are the same format as math: you have a problem, you have to think of multiple approaches, and then you go with one,” she said. “I think the ability to map out how you want to go about the problem, and the focus and the rigor that’s required to solve it, math has prepared me for.”

This article first appeared in OLCF on August 29, 2019.