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NERSC Intern Wins Award for Computing Achievement

March 27, 2013 | Tags: Outreach

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Stephanie Cabanela, a student intern in the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center’s (NERSC) Operation Technologies Group was honored with the Bay Area Affiliate National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing award on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in a ceremony in San Jose, CA. The award honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.

A senior classman at Lowell High School in San Francisco, Cabanela was one of hundreds in the Bay Area to compete for this award. Recipients are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The competitions help to generate support and visibility for women's participation in computing communities nationwide.

“Working at NERSC, there were a lot of opportunities for me to work in different aspects of computing—including databases, networking and computer programming,” says Cabanela. “It made me realize that I would like to further explore computer programming in college and future internships.”

At NERSC, Cabanela worked with Iwona Sakrejda of Computational Systems Group and Elizabeth Bautista who heads the Operations Technologies Group to develop a weathermap for monitoring how PDSF, a cluster dedicated to High Energy Physics research, is being utilized. 

"We are all very proud of Stephanie, she is an example of success the Lab can have with high school students,” says Bautista. “Conversely, working with us can potentially change the direction of their career path or course of study. It's a win-win situation."  

NCWIT is a non-profit community of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing community, evidence, and action.

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary high-performance computing facility for scientific research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 4,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.