The 2020 Summit has been canceled due to the rapidly changing coronavirus situation.
Science and Engineering Summit for Undergraduates
Friday, April 3, 2020
D. E. Shaw Research
D. E. Shaw Research’s Summit invites select undergraduate students pursuing degrees
applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, materials
science, physics, and related fields to join us at our offices in New York City for a day of
technical presentations and workshops, career development discussions, networking with your peers
and members of our interdisciplinary team, and plenty of refreshments! This is an opportunity to
learn about the internship and career opportunities available at D. E. Shaw Research, explore our
scientific computing and research projects in detail, and connect with students from across the
country who share your interest in science and technology.
We will cover the cost of travel to and from New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, and
meals for all attendees.
D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) is a New York–based independent research laboratory that conducts
scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry under the direct scientific leadership of
Dr. David Shaw. Our group is currently focusing primarily on long molecular dynamics simulations
involving proteins and other biological macromolecules of potential interest from both a scientific and
a pharmaceutical perspective. An integral part of our effort consists of designing and developing custom
hardware and software to carry out this research. We are also pursuing drug discovery programs,
leveraging the insights enabled by our novel technologies, with an initial focus on drug targets that
have proved resistant to traditional drug discovery methods. For more information about the group,
please visit www.DEShawResearch.com.
In past years our program has included a panel discussion about career paths in the computational
sciences, an “under the hood” tour of our Anton supercomputer, an overview of our technical and
scientific projects, workshops covering interview strategies and technical topics, a speed
mentorship session, and a festive dinner out in New York City.
To be eligible to attend, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a U.S. college or
university during the spring of 2020. If you are studying applied mathematics, biology, chemistry,
computer science, electrical engineering, materials science, physics, or another scientific or
engineering discipline with a focus on computational methods, we encourage you to apply. We can invite
only a limited number of attendees to the Summit, but we welcome applications from undergraduate
students of all experience levels.
How much does it cost to attend?
It’s free. DESRES will cover the cost of travel, hotel, and meals for all selected participants.
How many people do you expect to attend?
In order to create an environment that supports making personal connections and engaging in
discussions, we anticipate having around 30–40 participants.
Is this an overnight event?
Our programming all takes place on the day of the Summit (Friday, April 3, 2020), but attendees
traveling from out of town will likely arrive the night before and depart the following day.
Do I have to be an undergraduate to attend?
Yes. This event is designed specifically for undergraduates, and we can only invite students
enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. If you are a graduate and/or international student
interested in learning more about DESRES, please visit the Joining page of our website,
When will I be notified about the status of my application?
Applicants will be notified of their status by early March.
“I had an eye-opening experience talking with DESRES researchers, touring Anton, and meeting the
other summit participants. I was first exposed to MD in high school, but have not yet made it a part
of my college pursuits. The DESRES Summit has encouraged me to build on my previous experiences and
seek out opportunities to conduct MD research.” - Computer Science Major, Class of 2021
“I am inspired by the trajectory and growth of DESRES, and my conversations with the Science
Associates and Research Scientists solidified my desire to work in a company that promises the
highest quality of drug discovery.” - Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics Major, Class of 2020
“It was really nice to learn more about DESRES and the team. I can honestly say that it changed my
perspective on what path I want to take as a chemistry major. I really like the idea of
computational chemistry now as an alternative to experimental medical research!” - Chemistry Major, Class of 2020
“I had a wonderful time and feel that I really did get a sense of what DESRES is about. It was
especially exciting to see Anton 2, and hear about all the components that make it such a powerful
tool for biochemical research. It was also great to hear about the career choices and summer jobs
that led your team members to DESRES.”
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Class of 2016
“I was absolutely blown away by DESRES – the phenomenal research that you do, the supportive,
engaging, dynamic, and driven culture of your team, your facilities, Anton, and the warm hospitality
shown to us at the summit. I left feeling genuinely excited about all of the ideas presented to us.”
- Applied Mathematics Major, Class of 2014
Please email your resume and a short statement of interest (approx. 200 words) to DESRESSummit@DEShawResearch.com
with the subject line “2020 Summit Application” by Tuesday, February 18, 2020.