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Call for Nominations for 2018 NERSC Scientific Achievement Awards: Early Career

Nominations are now closed for the current round of NERSC Early Career Achievement Awards.  

 Any NERSC user who was a student or postdoctoral fellow at the time of their achievement, made in 2017-18, is eligible.  One award will be made in each of the following two categories:

Innovative Use of High Performance Computing

 Innovative use of high performance computing (HPC) and/or data resources that opens a fresh perspective on HPC or presents a new way to solve a previously intractable problem will be considered.  Examples may include application of HPC to a new science domain or combining HPC, storage, and data services to do something entirely new in a domain where HPC is already established. Surprise us!

High Impact Scientific Achievement

 This award will recognize work that has or is expected to have an exceptional impact on scientific understanding, engineering design for scientific facilities or experiments, or a broad societal impact.  This category is about using HPC resources to address a clear and present science problem.


The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 8, (extended to) March 15, 2019.  Nominations are closed.

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Recipients will be recognized by NERSC in a press release and story on the NERSC web site and will also receive an invitation to visit NERSC at Berkeley Lab and present their work.  Each recipient will also receive up to 1 million NERSC hours from the Director’s Reserve to apply to their scientific research.

Selections will be made by representatives from the NERSC User Group Executive Committee (or their proxies) and NERSC staff. Decisions will be made based on innovations and achievements where NERSC resources were critically important. Those resources can be any combination of computational systems, storage systems, and/or NERSC services.

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