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An XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by recruiting and enabling a diverse group of students who have the skills - or are interested in acquiring the skills - to participate in the actual work of XSEDE. The name of this effort is XSEDE EMPOWER ( Expert Mentoring Producing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Research ).

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Participant Highlights

November 1 – January 31, 2022

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  • Four students presented talks about their EMPOWER projects at the PEARC21 Internship Spotlight (https://pearc.acm.org/pearc21/student-program/pearc21-internship-spotlight/):
    • Christy Marchese, Pomona College
    • Arianna Martin, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
    • Tanya Nesterova, University of Delaware
    • Christopher Sherald, University of Kansas
  • Christy Marchese, Pomona College:
    • Marchese, C. (2021, July 21). Predicting Mental Health Outcomes with Deep Learning. Poster presented at 2021 ACM Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing — PEARC21. Photo

    • "At PEARC21, I attended many presentations, workshops, Q&As, and exhibitor booths. I think PEARC is a really valuable experience for anyone interested in computing. I was able to learn so much in such a short time from workshops, presentations, and experts in the field of computing. I was able to meet people who I know aspire to be. I think especially when it comes to inspiring underrepresented students in HPC, PEARC is an amazing conference to go to. I met so many women in computing that I never knew existed, and I was incredibly inspired by them and their resilience working in the research computing field. I just want to thank you all so much for encouraging me to go to this conference and supporting me through it. I found the EMPOWER program to be an incredibly fulfilling experience in introducing me to research computing, and this conference was just the cherry to top it all off. I had a great time at this conference, and I hope future EMPOWER students will also be able to experience the same amazing opportunities." (written July 2021)
    • "I truly learned a lot from this experience [of participating in EMPOWER], and I am incredibly grateful that I was able to have this opportunity to receive mentorship and use XSEDE's computational resources." (written June 2021)
  • Sudha Vaishnavi Nannur, Wayne State University:
    • "I am very happy to say that this internship is going really well! I have honed my modern computing skills and gained immense perspective on how they can be put to use. This project has provided me with the context to apply skills that I learned in college to produce real - world results. For that, I’d like to thank you for providing me the opportunity to work with [my mentor] and allowing me to explore the different spaces where computing skills can be put to use." (written July 2021)

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