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Thursday July 29, 2021
Blog Posting Guidelines

PURPOSE: The purpose of the CI-PIRE blog is to provide members of the CI-PIRE research community with a place to share experiences and research findings, discover common interests, and expand the community’s knowledge of the academic, social, and cultural aspects of international collaboration. CI-PIRE community members use the blog to disseminate information to collaborators and other members of relevant academic and industry communities. CI-PIRE faculty members evaluate CI-PIRE student participant performance via blog postings.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please log into http://latinamericangrid.org/elgg/ using your LA Grid username/password. If you don’t recall your username/password or need your password reset, please contact Steve Luis at .

Once you’ve logged in, go to http://latinamericangrid.org/elgg/nsfpire/. On the light blue column to the right select: "Click here to join this community".

Selim Kalayci’s PIRE blog is a good example of a nicely-formatted blog:

RESPONSIBILITY: Each CI-PIRE student participant is required to maintain their student profile and to post their project plan, weekly project activity reports, and pictures of themselves working with their international collaborators to the CI-PIRE community blog; identifying keywords (see below) are provided for these required posts. In addition to the required postings, CI-PIRE student participants are strongly encouraged to use the CI-PIRE community blog to journal personal and cultural experiences and insights, people they meet, and places they visit in order to provide information to future CI-PIRE travelers.

We expect to see a weekly update on each participant’s CI-PIRE blog that will contain your experience, pictures, etc. This posting is due each Friday you are away. The weekly post on your research (following the same template as your weekly research report and with its same deadline) is also required. You are expected to take the initiative to thoroughly document your experiences via your CI-PIRE blog. This will help us better report outcomes to the National Science Foundation and will help all of the CI-PIRE students that follow you. Blog posts are in addition to the other Weekly and Final Reports that are submitted via e-mail.

Please take (and post) a copious amount of pictures and/or videos and really try to document your experiences. The posting of pictures of collaborators, office/lab spaces, campuses, and the city and its facilities and attractions are appreciated; please post such pictures directly to the blog and not on a remote site.

  • You working in the lab with your collaborators.
  • Group shots of you with your collaborators. Get names of everyone in such pictures!
  • You making presentations
  • Great places to eat? Post them, maybe even with map link
  • Good places to do laundry
  • Good places to buy groceries
  • Convenient ATM/banks
  • Touristy-trips / places
  • Your Room
  • Typical (or atypical!) meals
  • Your workspace

Remember that we want to give the National Science Foundation a good impression of the results of your trips. We want other students to understand what a great opportunity these trips are. We also want to know what we can do to make those who follow after you have an even better experience.

Please be sure to save full-resolution version of pictures. We will need to collect them on your return.

SHARING: All blog posts are public. Posters must be sure to observe any restrictions on disclosure of confidential information. Be sure that all of your posts are made "Public" and remember that NSF officials will be reading your posts (as well as the world, yes, Google is indexing this site). Remember to write well since those reading about your work will likely include future employers!

KEYWORDS: The following is a list of standardized keywords you should use to identify your blog posting and will be used to enable blog readers to easily find relevant information:

  • Weekly-Report
  • Project-Plan
  • International Experience
  • Site Seeing
  • Lab/Workplace Environment
  • International Collaborators
  • Professional Network

"PIRE... provides our students with the kind of direct international experience and training that will prepare them for careers in an increasingly competitive global arena."
Dr. Modesto Maidique
President, Florida International University

"PIRE...will enable the next generation of students participants to become fully engaged as members of the globally-aware IT workforce.""
Dr. Nicholas Bowen
Vice President of Strategy and Worldwide Operations, IBM Research

"We look forward to hosting students researchers ... to foster our existing collaborations and create new ones."
Mateo Valero Cortés
Director, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

"I was able to develop quite a bit as a person, researcher, and professional."
Marlon Bright,
FIU student

"Being able to learn elements directly related to my project, the likes and dislikes of another culture, and be able to communicate in a different language are all aspects related to the PIRE program for which I will always be grateful."
Simone Pasmore,
FAU student

"It helps you build confidence that the degree you hold will enable you to tackle any problem, and, more importantly, it lets you experience the job before committing your life to it."
Allison Lanager,
FIU student

This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number OISE-0730065. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. © 2007 Florida International University