While most students in chemistry, biology, and physics receive training in experimental laboratory techniques, the U.S. curriculum often ignores instruction in algorithm and software design. As a result, many research groups train new students in an ad hoc manner. On the other hand, computer science students are rarely exposed to the models and software technologies of the computational molecular sciences.
The Institute has a far-reaching mandate to provide education, training, and associated resources, and will implement these to span the broad range of constituents from high-school students to postdoctoral associates to faculty. Several specific educational initiatives are planned.