My name is Christopher Cook. I am a sophomore undergrad at Mountain View Community College in Dallas, Texas. I hope to get your support to assist in costs associated with attending the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, CSE15. I plan to present my work conducted during a 10-week internship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I will be presenting in a mini-symposium along with Ricardo Ferreira of Mountain View Community College on the topic of, “Creating the Largest Decoy Database to Improve Scoring Functions Using Machine Learning”. This mini-symposium is being organized by Dr. Silvia Crivelli.
Mountain View Community College is a small community college with very limited resources and yet, we are working hard to build a community of students that can be competitive in computational science. Attending this event will help me advance my professional development by connecting with other students and researchers working in the field and by providing me the opportunity to learn about the state of the art in computational science. I feel that I am deserving of this award because I am a first generation college student who is trying to make a positive contribution to the scientific community at large. Throughout my college and career path I have faced and overcame many challenges and I have excelled in almost all of the challenges that I have faced. I would like to share my experience with other students in order to help them in their challenges related to college and career choices. Read more about Christopher’s summer experience here.