SIParCS alum receives prestigious scholarship

By AJ Lauer
03/25/2016 - 1:00pm

2014 SIParCS alumna Lauren Patterson has been accepted into the inaugural cohort of Apple’s prestigious Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Program. Over 1,200 students competed for 30 spots in the program.

Lauren Patterson presents her SIParCS internship project at NCAR Mesa Lab
Lauren Patterson presents her Raspberry Pi Hadoop Cluster project in July, 2014. (Photo: Brian Bevirt)

Program awardees receive up to $25,000 in scholarship funds for their senior year of study; participate in a summer internship with Apple in Cupertino, California; participate in a year-round development program to prepare for post-graduation careers; are paired with an Apple employee mentor during their senior year; serve as ambassadors on their HBCU campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative; and participate in the Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California during the Spring of 2016.  

During her time in the SIParCS program Lauren worked on the Raspberry Pi Hadoop Cluster project, which used small-scale Raspberry Pi units to model and replicate how large parallel tasks run on the Yellowstone supercomputer, in order to analyze the performance of jobs. Lauren and was mentored by Rich Loft and Professor Bruce Chittenden from Hampton University.