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  • Anonymous student feedback:
    • "XSEDE Empower has offered me throughout the last year early exposure to areas in the computational world such as machine learning, neural networks, etc that most students would be exposed to at a higher level in their academic career." (written spring semester 2022)
    • "Everything I have learned during the XSEDE EMPOWER program was towards my educational, research, and research development. I am able to conduct so much more computational science than I ever imagined. The conferences that I was able to attend with my research generated from the XSEDE EMPOWER program have granted me friendships, knowledge, public speaking skills, and more confidence. I feel more confident and assured after my year with XSEDE." (written spring semester 2022)
  • Ermias Assefa, Bluffton University:
    • Accepted to summer 2022 internship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as part of Sustainable Horizons Institute Sustainable Research Pathways Program.
  • Juan David Campolargo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
    • 15-minute oral presentation at National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research, March 17, 2022.
  • Qili (Samuel) Chen, Michigan State University:
    • "I learned so much from the project I am working on, such as the professional way of organizing a project, working on a Git project with group members, advanced machine learning concepts, and advanced coding skills. Those skill sets are typically not taught in my school. I am so glad I learned those skills. Now I am able to start my personal projects in a professional way." (written April 2022)
  • Yingrong Chen, Emory University:
    • "I am preparing for the research symposium in my school at the end of the semester. I will host an oral presentation." (written April 2022)
  • Dirk Colbry, EMPOWER mentor from Michigan State University:
    • "This program is amazing.  I wish it was still going on as it has been a great source of connection and momentum for my research. The students and I are making good progress on our research. We have submitted papers and gotten the software to a level that will enable me to go after some funding and even hire a graduate student (or two). Working with students from schools other than my own is very helpful.  It broadens the impact of my research and helps me set up connections. My students and I have submitted a publication to PEARC on the work with our SEE-Classify project." (written April 2022)
  • Filipe Correia, EMPOWER mentor from University of Georgia:
    • "Participating in EMPOWER got me and students more acquainted with supercomputing and the XSEDE interface. Also, as someone in the social sciences, it is not very common for us to use this environment, but I think it has promising uses, and this realization would not be possible without EMPOWER and XSEDE. It has enabled me to manage large scale datasets in a manageable time frame and provide students with the opportunity to experience and learn about supercomputing, as it is outside my domain." (written April 2022)
  • Hannah Crouse and Alyssa Van Fossen, Mount Vernon Nazarene University:
    • 20-minute presentation at SURC symposium at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
  • Stephanie DeCarvalho, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth:
    • "I compiled my data into a powerpoint and a presentation for two different conferences where I will be presenting this project." (written April 2022)
  • Jessica Egleston, Michigan State University:
    • "Figures I created were highlighted in a poster presentation at the 2022 Biophysical Society annual meeting which was held in San Francisco, California." (written March 2022).
    • Egleston, J. (2022, April 8). Structural Comparison Between Small Multi-drug Resistance (SMR) Transporter Family Members through Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Poster presented at 2022 Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Winner of first-place honor. https://natsci.msu.edu/news/natsci-undergraduates-impress-at-2022-uuraf/
  • Tim Hartman, University of South Dakota:
    • "Academically, I have been able to learn much more about available hardware and software related to biofilm image analysis. While assisting others in the lab I have been able to brainstorm new approaches to solving problems related to optics and data capture, transmission, analysis, and storage; and the performance requirements for all of these. Professionally, I have been exposed to a variety of tools made available to computational science researchers in the United States. The University of South Dakota’s resources are small compared to many other institutions in the U.S., and simply knowing that these powerful resources exist helps me set the bar higher for what I want to achieve in my career. My EMPOWER work contributed to our bio-image analysis package which is currently under review for publication. I am the paper’s first author. Our hardware limitations and software debugging hindered us from publishing earlier, but my EMPOWER work has taken us that much closer to being approved by a computational biology journal." (written April 2022)
  • Lisa Liang, University of Connecticut:
    • "Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity to learn about computational chemistry and participate in research on it as a first-year undergraduate. I am so lucky to have been able to be part of the XSEDE program this past academic year!" (written April 2022)
  • Abdullah Al Maruf, South Dakota State University:
    • "XSEDE EMPOWER has enabled me to pursue my passion in computational materials science research, where I was able to computationally design novel energy materials for solid-state electrolytes (SSE) and study/tune their properties (using DFT) for Li-ion batteries application. I also studied electrode materials for Li-ion batteries to optimize the condition for suppressing the dendrite growth (needle-like-structure) which is detrimental for such energy storage device performance. Finally, this research experience allowed me to start pursuing my graduate studies at Dartmouth College in computational geophysics in the upcoming Fall-2022 semester, where I aim to investigate magnetic properties of Fe-S based ancient earth and mars minerals, as well as hydrite formation at extreme conditions, which cannot be studied experimentally (with current technology). Participating in XSEDE EMPOWER has enabled me to gain valuable research experience utilizing XSEDE resources and mentorship (at my university). I gained hands-on experience in high performance computing and parallel programming, and learned to run and debug full scale simulation for research. I presented my research at the Sustainable Energy Materials and Device group at the Electrical Engineering Department of South Dakota State University, and plan to present it at upcoming ACS national conference in Fall. There's a manuscript currently in its final stage of preparation for submissions as well." (written April 2022)
  • Sudha Vaishnavi Nannur, Wayne State University:
  • Dayna Olson, Michigan State University:
    • "My participation in EMPOWER has catalyzed me falling in love with computational sciences. Without EMPOWER, I would not have had as much time or resources to continue exploring my interest in the Vermaas lab, where I was able to learn about molecular dynamics simulation and other forms of computational biology.  Since participation in the program, I have added a minor in Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering and plan to pursue this path in grad school. I have presented my work from this semester at my colleges undergraduate research symposium. We are in the process of writing up last semester's project, which I will be a co-author on." (written April 2022)
  • Tyler Prine, University of Alabama:
    • "I have submitted my first conference abstract on the topic of the fully compressible Rayleigh-Taylor Instability to the International Workshop on the Physics of Compressible Turbulent Mixing (IWPCTM). The workshop will be held in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2022." (written April 2022)
  • Ciara Richardson and Madison Winkeler, Murray State University:
  • Briana Sobecks, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
    • "Participating in EMPOWER helped me discover a passion for computational research, specifically for applications in chemical engineering and biophysics. As I have gone through my undergraduate career, I continue using the computational skills I developed during my time in EMPOWER. This experience inspired me to pursue a doctoral degree in chemical engineering." (written April 2022)
    • Sobecks, B., Chen, J., & Shukla, D. (2022). Dual Role of Strigolactone Receptor Signaling Partner in Inhibiting Substrate Hydrolysis. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 126(11), 2188–2195. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c10663
  • Wenhuan Tan, Bellevue College:

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