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July 31, 2022

  • 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)
    • "Under Dr. Jun Li, I was able to apply for the MA Space Grant through MIT. I am studying the computational investigations of additively manufactured polymer composites.  This research has given me more knowledge about computational analysis. I have also been accepted into three different conferences: COExperience in New Orleans, ASEE Northeast 2022 Conference in Boston, and the Northeastern Regional Student Symposium of Society for Experimental Mechanics conference taking place at UMass Dartmouth." (source: https://www.umassd.edu/engineering/features/stephanie-decarvalho.html)
  • 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)
  • Devon Hood, San Diego State University:
    • "EMPOWER has allowed me to utilize powerful hardware to greatly improve the computation speed of my models which has directly aided in my ability to quickly iterate through experiments. It has also exposed me to a wonderful amount of resources, both with personnel and technical resources, which has improved my abilities as a successful computer scientist. EMPOWER has allowed me to focus more intently on my work which would have been difficult otherwise.  The resources EMPOWER offers is an opportunity to not only increase my productivity, but also my focus." (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)Four EMPOWER students participated in the PEARC22 Student Program and spoke during its Internship Spotlight event:
    • Sara El Houzaly, City College of New York
    • John Li, University of California San Diego
    • Davin Lin, Grinnell College
    • Arianna Martin, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Nirajan Acharya, Youngstown State University;
    Emma Liu, University of California, Los Angeles; and
    Alberto Lucas, California State University Monterey Bay:
    • Acharya, N., Liu, E., Lucas, A., & Lazar, A. (2022, May 31). Optimizing the Exa.TrkX Inference Pipeline for Manycore CPUs. Poster presented at the 7th International Connecting the Dots Workshop, Princeton University.
  • John Li, University of California San Diego:
    • First author in article submitted to International Computational and Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering (CMMSE) conference and SC22 conference.
  • Yilai Li (EMPOWER mentor), University of Michigan:
    • "With the EMPOWER students, I was able to initiate a software development project that will be very helpful in my field of study. I'm also planning to write a manuscript about the project, and I learned a lot myself from working with the students. EMPOWER connected me with students with software development skills which are very useful in our field, but not easy to find. I think from my perspective, the greatest part is to connect two groups of people that can benefit from each other, but are not familiar with each other otherwise." (written July 2022)
  • Lisa Liang, University of Connecticut:
    • "I loved participating in the EMPOWER program -- it was truly an incredible learning experience, where I got to learn not just the basics of computational chemistry using VASP, but even more so how to grow as a whole researcher. The project has been integral to both my aspiration to continue incorporating computational chemistry into my future research career as well as my growth as a student. I hope that in the future I will be able to participate in a similar program." (written June 2022)
  • Davin Lin, Grinnell College and
    Padma Prabagaran, Arizona State University:
    • Lin, D., Prabagaran, P., & Colbry, D. (2022, July). Validating new Automated Computer Vision workflows to traditional Automated Machine Learning. Proceedings of the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC '22). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 34, 5 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3491418.3535174
  • Soknarith Sem, University of Rhode Island:
    • "recently presented a research poster in a department research forum that we hold each spring." (written May 2022)
  • Josh Vermaas (EMPOWER mentor), Michigan State University:
    • "I have undergrads working in the laboratory that are actually paid for their time! Normalizing this through the program has made significant contributions to attracting undergraduates to computational science generally, since the unpaid alternatives don't make financial sense to many students working through college. It has given the lab a teaching focus beyond simply doing research on our own. In general, things go faster when the undergrads are there to run simulations and participate in the analysis. They also learn valuable coding skills. Our students will be presenting their research at an American Chemical Society meeting, and their postdoctoral mentors are working to get papers drafted for publication." (written July 2022)

February 1 – April 30, 2022

  • 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)
    • "Under Dr. Jun Li, I was able to apply for the MA Space Grant through MIT. I am studying the computational investigations of additively manufactured polymer composites.  This research has given me more knowledge about computational analysis. I have also been accepted into three different conferences: COExperience in New Orleans, ASEE Northeast 2022 Conference in Boston, and the Northeastern Regional Student Symposium of Society for Experimental Mechanics conference taking place at UMass Dartmouth." (source: https://www.umassd.edu/engineering/features/stephanie-decarvalho.html)
  • 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)
  • Devon Hood, San Diego State University:
    • "EMPOWER has allowed me to utilize powerful hardware to greatly improve the computation speed of my models which has directly aided in my ability to quickly iterate through experiments. It has also exposed me to a wonderful amount of resources, both with personnel and technical resources, which has improved my abilities as a successful computer scientist. EMPOWER has allowed me to focus more intently on my work which would have been difficult otherwise.  The resources EMPOWER offers is an opportunity to not only increase my productivity, but also my focus." (written April 2022)
  • Dorothy Najjuma Kamya, Swarthmore College:
    • "An important part of a career in research is understanding the work of others in your fields of interest, and the first part of my XSEDE project involved reading and understanding (at a high level at least) some research papers and related code, enough to edit it to run on XSEDE's servers. As an aspiring graduate student, I believe this has prepared me for engagement with others' research, an essential element of graduate school. EMPOWER introduced me to researchers working on very relevant cutting-edge work which I would not have been exposed to otherwise. Being able to make a contribution to a project that predicts the severity of COVID-19 strains without being a bioscientist was a significant achievement for me." (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)
    • Presentation at 2022 Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.
  • Maria Pantoja (EMPOWER mentor), Cal Poly Pomona:
    • "I was able to work with one student at UCSD on Distributed HyperParameter Optimization and based on this research, I did submit a visiting scholar proposal to Argonne National Lab that was accepted and I will start this July working there. I was able to work for a longer period of time with an undergraduate student to do research. I do work for a teaching institution with a very small master program so most of the time we need to do research with undergraduates. Undergraduates are very busy with school work and smaller stuff , so what xsede allowed me to do is to work with a student that is supported by this grant (so doesn't need to look for extra work) and did also allow a continuity. Plus Xsede Empower did the main job of searching for students interested and super motivated in HPC."
  • 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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