Bhargav Srinvasa Desikan, Aabir Abubaker Kar, and Kate Wootton (CSSS) in the Atrium (Photo by Douglas Merriam and Laura Egley Taylor)

SFI’s “social reactor” kicked into overdrive this summer, welcoming 163 undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Intensive summer programs form the core of the Institute’s educational programming, bringing future complexity scholars to Santa Fe to train with leading scientists.

This year, the Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science and Complexity (GWCSS) celebrated its 25th anniversary with programming for alumni as well as a new cohort of advanced graduate students.

The flagship Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS), now in its 31st year, returned to the campus at the Institute for American Indian Arts to tour complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems.

In partnership with the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, SFI hosted a two-week Global Sustainability Summer School (GSSS) to explore how the battle for sustainable development can be won in cities by kick starting “virtuous cycles” of improvement.

And the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program paired a dozen undergrads with SFI mentors to develop research projects of their own choosing. At the end of their 10 weeks, they presented their work on topics as varied as the origins of agriculture, vaccine hesitancy, paleolithic climate, and associative memory.

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