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Competitions and Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate Students


There are multiple opportunities for students to participate in computational science, engineering and high performance computing challenges, competitions and award programs. Some of these are offered through national organizations, others by 4-year colleges and universities and still others by non-profit organizations. The intent of the award and competition opportunities presented here is to advance the field of computational science and high performance computing through recognition of exceptional talent and expertise. Browse this ever growing list and watch for upcoming application deadlines.


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NASA Exploration Design Challenge


Event Date: July 31, 2014
Hosting Institution: NASA
Submission Deadline: July 31, 2014
Summary: Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA's Exploration Design Challenge, or EDC. NASA EDC invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration -- the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, currently being developed by NASA, Lockheed Martin and other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before. Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from NASA to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed and submitted to Lockheed Martin for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Orion Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1.



Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics - See more at: http://www.ams.org/profession/prizes-awards/


Event Date: NA
Hosting Institution: American Mathematical Society
Submission Deadline: September 01, 2014
Summary: This award is given annually to a mathematician (or group of mathematicians) who has made significant contributions of lasting value to mathematics education. Priorities of the award include recognition of: (a) accomplished mathematicians who have worked directly with pre-college teachers to enhance teachers’ impact on mathematics achievement for all students, or (b) sustainable and replicable contributions by mathematicians to improving the mathematics education of students in the first two years of college. - See more at: http://www.ams.org/profession/prizes-awards/ams-awards/impact#sthash.o6K4uqtH.dpuf



The Abel Prize


Event Date: NA
Hosting Institution: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2014
Summary: The Abel Prize recognizes outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics, including mathematical aspects of computer science, mathematical physics, probability, numerical analysis and scientific computing, statistics, and also applications of mathematics in the sciences.



NAS Award in Molecular Biology


Event Date: NA
Hosting Institution: National Academy of Sciences
Submission Deadline: October 01, 2014
Summary: Awarded to recognize a recent notable discovery in molecular biology by a young scientist (defined as no older than 45) who is a citizen of the United States. The recipient is awarded a gold-plated bronze medal and a $25,000 prize. Supported by Pfizer Inc. Scheduled for presentation in 2015.



The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing


Event Date: NA
Hosting Institution: NCWIT
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014
Summary: For high school and college student! honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local award competitionto generate support and visibility for young women's participation in computing around the country. Each local award taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women interested in computing. each year. For more information, please visit http://www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school



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