New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Supercomputing Challenge Awards

In addition to being an educational experience, the Challenge is a competition. It is designed to encourage students to perform at the highest possible level. While we recognize that many first-time participants may feel as though they cannot compete with more experienced students, there are many levels of recognition that can be attained for participants of all level.

As the year goes on, we continue to solicit awards from various sponsors so this list will probably change by April.

  • First Place Team: Each student on the team will receive $1,000.00.

  • Second Place Team: Each student on the team will receive $500.00.

  • Honorable Mention Teams: Each student on the team will receive a Gift.


The following are anticipated as additional awards consisting of trophies and/or plaques:

Additional Team Awards

  • Agent-based Modeling Award - SFI/MIT

  • Best Computational Science Award

  • Best Parallel Programming Project - NM TECH (Dr. Lorie Liebrock)

  • Best Visualization of Output - NM TECH (Dr. Lorie Liebrock)

  • Best Web Presentation of a Final Report

  • Best Written Report - Society for Technical Communications

  • CHECS Award for Research - New Mexico CHECS

  • CHECS Award for Teamwork - New Mexico CHECS

  • Community Impact Award

  • Creativity and Innovation - Sandia National Laboratories

  • Crowd Favorite Award - New Mexico Technology Council

  • Environmental Modeling - LANL

  • High Performance Computing - Cray

  • Judges Special Recognitions

  • Most Professional Presentation -

  • Poster Contest

  • Programming Innovation: Python

  • Python Award - Fourth Watch Software (Gus Landis)

  • Teamwork - New Mexico CHECS

  • NM EPSCoR Research Award: Water/Climate Change

  • NMNWSE award - The New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering (NMNWSE) will present an award to the best project by a woman or a team with a majority of women. The award will consist of $50 per team member, plus for each team member a CD of our booklet "Careers: Exploring the Possibilities" (also available online at, a NMNWSE book bag, and an NMNWSE award certificate. NMNWSE is sponsoring this award to promote gender equity and to encourage female students to continue their studies in math and science.

  • Senator Jeff Bingaman Middle School Award -

  • Five $100 awards from New Mexico CHECS. These awards will be given randomly to a student or teacher in attendance at the Awards Ceremony.

Supercomputing Challenge Teacher of the Year Award

Nominate your teacher sponsor! Tell us why your supporting teacher rocks! In 100 words or less, tell us why she deserves to be honored. How has he supported you? How has she helped with mentors? How has he helped you think through your problem?

The winning teacher will receive an award at the Awards Ceremony, in Los Alamos. Your nomination is due April 6th. Just email your nomination to consult @

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