Mayor Announces Recipient of 2024 MGHPCC Scholarship

June 12, 2024

Annual Award Tops $100K.

Read the MGHPCC Press Release

Holyoke, Massachusetts, June 4, 2024 – Holyoke Mayor Joshua A. Garcia today announced the winners of college scholarships from the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The scholarship recipients are Allison Jourdain and Anais Santiago, who will be attending UMass Amherst, Alivia Kaifer heading to Northeastern University and Alina Fairlie who will be attending Boston University. Now in its 11th year, the MGHPCC’s merit-based scholarship program has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to date, with this year’s winners receiving $4,000 each.

“Our city is stronger due to our community partners and we appreciate MGHPCC and their commitment to Holyoke residents,” said Mayor Joshua A. Garcia. “This scholarship program encourages young people to reach for their dreams as they pursue higher education and expand their futures.”

“Supporting the education of Holyoke’s students is part of our mission, and we were thrilled to see such an impressive set of students this year,” said MGHPCC Executive Director John Goodhue. “Our ongoing partnerships with the mayor, the superintendent, community members and state and federal government aim to enable workforce development and the growth of the city of Holyoke.”

“These are four dedicated students who have worked hard to prepare themselves for college,” said Superintendent Anthony W. Soto. “We proudly congratulate them on their achievements and the inspiration they provide to students in our community. They deserve this recognition, and we wish them all the best.”

The MGHPCC scholarship program is open to any Holyoke Public School student enrolling at one of the five founding members of the MGHPCC: Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, MIT or University of Massachusetts. It is open to students in any major and not limited to students of computer science or other scientific disciplines. Recipients are chosen on the basis of an 800-word essay answering the question, “What do you see as the three biggest challenges currently facing Holyoke, and what would you do to address them?”

In addition to sponsoring the scholarship program, the MGHPCC works with the mayor’s office, Holyoke Public Schools, Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College and local community service organizations to host internships, robotics competitions, and teacher workshops.

Research projects

Dusty With a Chance of Star Formation
Checking the Medicine Cabinet to Interrupt COVID-19 at the Molecular Level
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold But Still, Is It Just Right?​
Smashing Discoveries​
Microbiome Pattern Hunting
Modeling the Air we Breathe
Exploring Phytoplankton Diversity
The Computer Will See You Now
Computing the Toll of Trapped Diamondback Terrapins
Edging Towards a Greener Future
Physics-driven Drug Discovery
Modeling Plasma-Surface Interactions
Sensing Subduction Zones
Neural Networks & Earthquakes
Small Stars, Smaller Planets, Big Computing
Data Visualization using Climate Reanalyzer
Getting to Grips with Glassy Materials
Modeling Molecular Engines
Forest Mapping: When the Budworms come to Dinner
Exploring Thermoelectric Behavior at the Nanoscale
The Trickiness of Talking to Computers
A Genomic Take on Geobiology
From Grass to Gas
Teaching Computers to Identify Odors
From Games to Brains
The Trouble with Turbulence
A New Twist
A Little Bit of This… A Little Bit of That..
Looking Like an Alien!
Locking Up Computing
Modeling Supernovae
Sound Solution
Lessons in a Virtual Test Tube​
Crack Computing
Automated Real-time Medical Imaging Analysis
Towards a Smarter Greener Grid
Heading Off Head Blight
Organic Light-Harvesting Antennae
Art and AI
Excited by Photons
Tapping into an Ocean of Data
Computing Global Change
Star Power
Engineering the Human Microbiome
Computing Social Capital
Computers Diagnosing Disease
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