The NCSA's Blue Waters Fellowship will give Paul Hime access to one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world - the Blue Waters supercomputer. He will also receive a $38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition allowance, an allocation of up to 50,000 node-hours on the computing system, and funds for travel to a Blue Waters-sponsored symposium to present research progress and results.
"Access to extremely powerful supercomputing resources is vital to my research, and the Blue Waters Fellowship through the NCSA provides unprecedented opportunities to advance this work", Paul Hime stated.
Paul Hime is an aspiring evolutionary biologist, whose research centers on diversity among different organisms. Specifically, his research seeks to reconstruct evolutionary relationships among amphibians, using new computational and statistical approaches, to better understand and conserve their biological diversity.
Paul Hime credits David Weisrock and others in the Department of Biology and Center for Computational Sciences as being instrumental to his research and scholarship thus far.
"Dr. Weisrock has allowed me the intellectual freedom to pursue risky projects, to ask big questions, and to learn to become an independent scientist", Paul Hime stated.
He looks forward to finishing his dissertation research and gaining new computational skills from his work with NCSA researchers. After graduating from UK with his doctoral degree, Paul Hime plans to continue his work as an academic researcher.