Testing the Waters with Undergraduates (If you lead students to HPC, they will drink)

For the Blue Waters Undergraduate Petascale Education Program (NSF), we developed two computational science modules, "Biofilms: United They Stand, Divided They Colonize" and "Getting the 'Edge' on the Next Flu Pandemic: We Should'a 'Node' Better." This paper describes the modules and details our experiences using them in three courses during the 2009-2010 academic year at Wofford College. These courses, from three programs, included students from several majors: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and undecided. Each course was evaluated by the students and instructors, and many of their suggestions have already been incorporated into the modules.