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San Diego Supercomputer Center Sponsors Middle School Creative Writing Contest

Center Will Award Apple iPod to Students in Creative Writing Contest

Published 04/20/2004

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego is shaking up "cyberinfrastructure." The center's education department is hosting the first annual Creative Writing Contest and will award an Apple iPod Mini digital music player to three winning San Diego County Middle School students.

Students are asked to submit an essay no longer than 750 words, creatively describing what "cyberinfrastructure" means to them. Cyberinfrastructure is the integration, coordination, and deployment of technology to support modern science and engineering problems.

Essays must be either typewritten or neatly handwritten. Deadline for essay submission is May 28, 2004 and award recipients will be notified on or before June 11, 2004.

Along with the student award, sponsoring teachers or counselors will receive a $50 gift certificate to the UCSD Bookstore if local or an SDSC gift basket for teachers outside of the San Diego area.

Entry applications and contest guidelines are available at or by calling the SDSC Education Department at (858) 534-5064.

About SDSC

The mission of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is to innovate, develop, and deploy technology to advance science. SDSC is involved in an extensive set of collaborations and activities at the intersection of technology and science whose purpose is to enable and facilitate the next generation of scientific advances. Founded in 1985 and primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), SDSC is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego. With a staff of more than 400 scientists, software developers, and support personnel, SDSC is an international leader in data management, grid computing, biosciences, geosciences, and visualization. For more information, see

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