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Supercomputing Challenge winners announced
May 9, 2019
Supercomputing Challenge winners

Supercomputing Challenge winners (left to right): Logan Dare, Los Alamos Middle; Robert Strauss, Los Alamos High; Lillian Petersen, Los Alamos High; Christie Djidjev, Los Alamos High; Rishi Tikare Yang, Albuquerque High.

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Supercomputing Challenge winners announced

The Los Alamos High School team of Lillian Petersen and Garyk Brixi won this year's New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge that concluded with two days of competition and awards April 29 and 30. Scholarships worth $27,400 were awarded at the awards ceremony held at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

The Supercomputing Challenge is open to any New Mexico student in grades 6 through 12. The goal of the yearlong event is to teach student teams how to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real-world problems. Participating students improve their understanding of technology by developing skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications and teamwork. A complete list of all winning student teams is available at the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge website.

Career Pathways Scholarship applications deadline approaching

Applications are currently open for the LANL Foundation’s Career Pathways Scholarships (formerly known as the Regional College / Returning Student Scholarship). These awards worth $1,500 a year support high school seniors and those with a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) in pursuit of a two-year degree, trade or certificate. Open to permanent residents of Northern New Mexico currently enrolled or planning to an enroll in a two-year degree or certificate program, the deadline to apply is May 31. Visit the LANL Foundation website for more information.

Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerator open for applications

The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) grants money to small and startup businesses to develop products, technology or services that solve pressing problems in a range of areas. To help eligible businesses with the complex application process the Arrowhead Center at NM State University offers an accelerator program, and applications are open now, with a deadline on May 17. The program is open to businesses across the state, and is delivered online, so participants don’t have to travel to Las Cruces. More information is available here.