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Competitions and Awards for Educators


There are numerous award and competition programs for HPC professionals and educators. 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.


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Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award


Hosting Institution: SigHPC
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2019
Summary: The ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing (EWL/TC) is a biennial award open to any woman who has engaged in HPC and technical computing research, education, and/or practice for 5-15 years since receiving her highest degree. This international award creates a new career milestone achievement, and also establishes a cohort of role models for students and professional who are just getting started in our field. In the fields of high performance (HPC) and technical computing – as elsewhere in computing – there are fellowships and awards for achievements occurring at the graduate student, early-career, and mature-career stages. There are very few awards recognizing individuals in the middle stage of their careers, and none aimed specifically at women. These are the years when faculty are working toward promotion and practitioners are moving through middle levels of management, a period which can be especially challenging for women. "Technical computing" includes all of the various fields that are part of what we think of as HPC – areas such as visualization, analytics, operations, scientific application software (creation and porting/tuning), libraries, and so on – as well as professionals working with everything from small, workgroup-sized systems, to leading systems on the TOP500 list. The award is presented every two years during the annual SC conference. The awardee is recognized with a $2,000 cash prize, a plaque, and travel support to SC.



SC22 General Chair


Hosting Institution: SC
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2019
Summary: Nominations for the SC22 General Chair are now open and will close on June 30, 2019. To nominate a person (possibly yourself) for the position, send an email providing the candidate’s name, a short paragraph describing how the candidate meets the following criteria, and a recent curriculum vitae (CV) that highlights professional and SC experience. Desired qualities in the SC General Chair include: experience managing large, complex projects in which the people executing the project do not all report directly to the manager, breadth and depth of experience with SC conference organization, especially leadership roles, active in our community, able to set strategic direction (and delegate its execution), able to commit significant resources to management of the conference in the three years leading up to the event (generally speaking, 10% of an FTE during 2020, 25% of an FTE during 2021, and increasing to 70% of an FTE by the time of the conference), and experience managing a large (multi-million US$) budget. Our expectation is that we will make our selection in the fall of 2019, but not later than the end of SC week in November. Please send nominations, or requests for more information about either opportunity to nominations@info.supercomputing.org.



Member of SC Steering Committee


Hosting Institution: SC
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2019
Summary: Nominations for two openings on the SC Steering committee are now open and will close on September 15, 2019. To nominate a person (possibly yourself), send an email giving the candidate’s name, a short paragraph describing how the candidate meets the following criteria, and a recent curriculum vitae (CV) that highlights professional and SC experience. Desired qualities in members of the Steering Committee include: a vision for how the conference may serve the needs of the advanced computing community, experience with and knowledge of the SC conference, willingness to be an active and engaged advocate for the SC Conference community, and able to commit to attend three one-day in-person meetings and monthly one-hour teleconferences annually for a four-year term. Our expectation is that we will announce our selections by the end of SC week in November. Please send nominations, or requests for more information about either opportunity to nominations@info.supercomputing.org.



The following awards are given at the November Supercomputing Conference each year:



ACM Gordon Bell Prize


The Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high-performance computing to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance or special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems. Financial support of the $10,000 award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing. For more information, please visit http://awards.acm.org/bell/ .




IEEE Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach Awards


The Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award recognizes innovative contributions to HPC systems that best exemplify the creative spirit of Seymour Cray. The Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award honors innovative uses of HPC in problem solving. Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, these prestigious honors are presented during special sessions held during the conference. For more information, please visit http://sc12.supercomputing.org/content/awards .




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