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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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University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs

Event Date: June 01, 2015
Hosting Institution: Airport Cooperative Research Program
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015
Summary: The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), a program of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board, is sponsoring a national competition for universities that engages students in addressing issues relating to airports and the National Airspace System. The Competition builds upon the former FAA Design Competition for Universities which has now become an ACRP program funded by the FAA. This Competition challenges individuals and teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students working with faculty advisors at U.S. colleges and universities to consider innovative approaches related to airport issues. Students can win cash prizes for their winning innovative design solutions. First place winners present their work at a national award ceremony. Full details are provided in the competition Guidelines. This Competition focuses on design solutions in the following broad areas: Airport Operation and Maintenance, Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/ Runway Excursions, Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning. Some specific challenge areas are defined in the Technical Design Challenges section of the guidelines. Students are not limited to the suggested topical areas listed. They are free to propose design solutions based on other topics that fit the four broad challenge areas.

2015 Creative Scholarship Recycled Material Competition for College Students

Hosting Institution: San Diego Science Alliance
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015
Summary: Time to get creative and think outside the box! This competition is to not only to show off your creative side but to also show how you can make a difference by re-using recycled material. Students must take recycled material and re-purpose it to create something completely new that can be re-used again. Students are free to have fun and create whatever they desire, but the object must only be made from 100% recycled material. Students are allowed to use glue or other adhesives to hold together their recycled objects. Once the projects are submitted through the online application form, the 858Graphics Scholarship Committee will be reviewing the projects based on level of creativity and innovation. The Committee will then chose the winner of the competition and award the scholarship money that will be used towards tuition and educational expenses.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Hosting Institution: Society for Science & the Public
Submission Deadline: May 01, 2015
Summary: The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Held each May, it has been administered since 1950 by the Society for Science & the Public. Each year, ACM recognizes outstanding projects related to the field of computing with a series of ACM ISEF prizes. The awards are presented at ISEF and include prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $300 for third place, and $200 for honorable mention. All winners also receive complimentary Student Memberships to ACM for the duration of their undergraduate education. Submissions: All high school students with projects related to computing are automatically considered as candidates for the awards. To read further and apply, please visit

International Autonomous Robot Competition

Event Date: April 27, 2015
Hosting Institution: The League of Amazing Programmers
Submission Deadline: May 01, 2015
Summary: The annual International Autonomous Robot Competition (iARoC) is sponsored and organized by the The League of Amazing Programmers campus of Wintriss Technical Schools, non-profit, public benefit, 501c(3) institution, based in San Diego. The primary objective of the competition is to motivate the next generation of technical leaders through fun and exciting activities under mentorship of software professionals. There will be a week-long camp before the competition so that the teams can get technical assistance from experts, and make friends with other participants. Teams will be participating in trial runs, technical presentation and actual competition over the weekends. Details for those events can be found here. Young programming students around the country are encouraged to form a team.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship for Freshmen

Hosting Institution: Society for Women Engineers
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015
Summary: The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2014, SWE awarded over 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $700,000. SWE provides one application for sophomores through graduate students and one application for freshmen. Applicants complete an application and are considered for all scholarships that they are eligible for. A few main eligibility points: Only women are eligible, you must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year, you must be planning to attend full time (exceptions are made for reentry and non-traditional applicants), and you must not be fully funded for tuition, fees, and books and equivalent.

SC 15 ACM Student Research Competition

Event Date: November 15, 2015
Hosting Institution: SC 15
Submission Deadline: July 31, 2015
Summary: SC15 is hosting the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). This competition will feature posters from undergraduate and graduate students showcasing original student research. A SRC poster may be authored by exactly one student (optionally with the advisor(s)). Student authors must be an active ACM member. The ACM SRC pre-selection will happen during the poster reception and selected poster presenters will be given the opportunity to present their work in short talks on Wednesday. The ACM SRC Committee will select a set of winners based on their poster content and presentation style.

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