Awards and Milestones

Shodor Receives Honor in 2021 HPCwire Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards
On November 15, 2021, Shodor was recognized with the
2021 HPCwire Editors' Choice Award in Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Leadership, presented at the 2021 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC21), in St. Louis, Missouri.


Shodor Staff Receives Business Leader's Women's Extraordinaire Award
On December 2, 2011, Shodor's Associate Director, Patricia Jacobs, was honored at the annual Women Extraordinaire awards luncheon. Patricia was recognized as a top woman leader of the South through
Business Leader's Women Extraordinaire award for her role as an "influential leader" within Shodor and for her "extraordinary impact" on Shodor's economic success and forward-thinking strategies.

Shodor Executive Director Receives the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award
On April 16, 2011, Shodor's Executive Director, Dr. Robert Panoff, received the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service award from the
North Carolina Science Leadership Association, sponsored by Fisher Science Education. This award was in recognition of Dr. Panoff's "excellent work and dedication to science education."

Shodor Named a "Best of the Web" Resource by Shmoop
In February, Shodor was honored by being named a "Best of the Web" resource by
Shmoop, a national educational website for teachers and students, specifically for Shodor's resources in pre-algebra. Shmoop declared Shodor's materials "Best of the Web" for the categories of basic statistics and probability, basic operations, and fractions and decimals. Shmoop's mission is to make learning fun and relevant for today's students. Each of the learning guides includes a "Best of the Web" section where teachers and students are directed to quality, reliable websites for further exploration.

Shodor Intern Team Takes 1st Place at the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Competition
In 2011, Shodor intern Ada Taylor and her team, Unisecurity, took first prize at the
Conrad Spirit Innovation Competition located at the NASA-Ames Research Center. The theme was to develop mobile applications based in security. Their winning Android app, MedPAL, is intended to work in conjunction with Bluetooth heart rate technology to look for user health emergencies. If detected, MedPAL automatically notifies specific contacts and/or a call center with patient and situational information including a GPS location.

Shodor is a Four-Time Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award
Shodor won the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. This prestigious award, part of the national
When Work Works project, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the Triangle area and across the country. Shodor became a four-time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award ('06, '08', '09, '11).


Shodor Honored at Business Excellence Awards
On September 9, 2010, Shodor was recognized with the Business Excellence Award for impacting the community - making Durham stronger, specifically within the non-profit category. The
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce presented the award at its Business Excellence Awards dinner held at the Hilton Hotel Durham near Duke University, with more than 230 business and community leaders present.

Shodor Honors Volunteers with Volunteer Service Award
On August 12, 2010, Shodor announced that two Shodor students, Ada and Gala Taylor, were awarded with the
President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. Established in 2003, the Award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. As one of thousands of certifying organizations participating in the Award program, Shodor confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.

Shodor Staff Awarded Best Paper at TeraGrid '10
On August 5, 2010, Shodor staff member Andrew Fitz Gibbon co-authored the paper Teaching High Performance Computing to Undergraduate Faculty and Undergraduate Students, which was awarded Best Paper in the Education, Outreach, and Training category at the TeraGrid '10 conference.
TeraGrid is a scientific computing infrastructure that combines high performance computers, data resources and tools, and research facilities around the country. TeraGrid is the world's largest cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research.

Shodor Student Receives Student Leadership Award from North Carolina SMT Education Center
On April 17, 2010, Shodor intern Alex Revelle was awarded the Student Leadership Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education by the
North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Education Center . This award not only publically recognized Alex's great work at Shodor, but also awarded Alex a $1000 scholarship to help him continue his education in the science, math, and technology field.

Shodor Intern Wins NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
In 2010, Shodor intern Ada Taylor won the
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. This national award honors high school females for computing-related achievements and interests. In addition to national recognition, Ada was awarded $500 in cash, a new laptop computer provided by Bank of America, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, NC, and an engraved crystal award. Ada was selected for her skills in "computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education."


Shodor Wins Alfred P. Sloan Award for Back-to-Back Years
In 2009, Shodor won the
Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for the second year in a row. Shodor was the recipient of this award for three out of the past four years (06', 08', 09').

Shodor Receives Funding From National Spending Bill
North Carolina Congressman David Price announced Monday, December 14, 2009 that he had secured approximately $10 million in funding (allocated from a House of Representatives spending bill) for economic development in the Triangle area. Of that $10 million, $200,000 was earmarked for Shodor to put towards the
Computing MATTERS project to help Triangle-area high school students' master 21st Century work skills as apprentices and interns.

Shodor Interns Present at the MCNC/NCREN 25th Anniversary Celebration in Cary, NC
On December 3, 2009, Sidhartha Jandhyala and Avi Aggarwal presented the iPhone/iPod Touch application they worked on as Shodor apprentices. The application, called Spinner, is a graphing app based on an applet from Shodor's online curriculum,
Interactivate. The Microelectronics Center of North Carolina ( MCNC) is a non-profit organization that improves learning and collaboration in North Carolina's education community through advanced networking technologies and systems. The North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) is a leading statewide optical network produced by MCNC.


Shodor Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices
Shodor won the 2008
Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. This award is presented to organizations that best demonstrate "business excellence in workplace flexibility."

Shodor Intern Wins Southern Growth YouTube Video Contest
On April 29, The
Southern Growth Policies Board named Shodor intern Kelley Katzenmeyer the winner of its Future South Video Contest for a 90-second video she created about her experiences at Shodor. You can watch her video on YouTube.

Shodor Receives Statewide Partnership Award from NCSMT
On April 19th, Shodor's Pathways to Cyberinfrastructure program, which brings computational science (scientific computing) activities into existing after-school programs at community centers such as the Emily K Center in Durham, was recognized at the
NC Science, Math and Technology Education Center's annual Celebration of Science, Math and Technology as a leader for its partnership efforts.


Cisco Recognizes Shodor with National Award
On October 9, 2007, Shodor was recognized on the national level for its innovative use of networking technology at the Cisco Growing with Technology Awards 2007. Shodor was the Grand Prize Winner in the Non Profit Category. Cisco states that the winners of the program represent their industries and constituencies as role models, showcasing best practices on the use of technology to address business challenges, fuel success and compete more effectively.

American Library Association Selects Shodor as an Outstanding Reference
On October 8, 2007 was selected as one of the MARS Best Free Reference Web Sites of 2007. MARS is the
Machine-Assisted Reference Section of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. Shodor was one of only twenty-six sites recognized. Among the other sites on this list are The National Human Genome Research Institute, The History Channel, The Smithsonian Institution, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Interactivate Receives A+ Review.
In January, Shodor's
Interactivate was featured by Education World and given A+ ratings, both for content and site design. Education World is a highly rated website for educators that features about 12 education-related websites each month.

First, Second, and Third Modules of Interactivate Translated to Spanish.
The Spanish-language education technology web portal
Eduteka, run by the Gabriel Piedrahita Foundation of Colombia, has completed three quarters of the translation of Shodor's Interactivate website into Spanish. The Matematicatica Interactiva, is available at

Shodor Recognized as Webby Honoree in Two Categories.
Two of Shodor's websites, the
Computational Science Education Reference Desk (CSERD) and Interactivate, were selected as Official Honorees in the 11th Annual Webby Awards. CSERD and Interactivate were honored in the categories of Science and Education, respectively. The Official Honoree distinction has been awarded to sites that score in the top 15% of submissions. With over 8,000 entries received from all 50 states and over 60 countries, this is an outstanding accomplishment.


Shodor Receives $2.8 Million Grant

The Shodor Education Foundation and North Carolina Central University announced a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to open a new Pathway to the National Science Digital Library, NSF's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Mentor Center Receives Rambus Grant

Shodor's Mentor Center has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Rambus Foundation at Community Foundation Silicon Valley. This grant will expand the opportunities available for high school students to gain expertise in the fields of math, science, technology, and engineering through mentor-guided internships at Shodor.

Shodor's Website Among Top 101 for Secondary Educators

Shodor's website was selected for inclusion in the book 101 Best Web Sites for Secondary Teachers, written by James Lerman and published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Shodor Helps Redesign Grant Program

Four Shodor staff members participated in a nationwide videoconference for NSF's redesign of its Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program. Bob Panoff served as the regional facilitator for the videoconference held at MCNC in Research Triangle Park, March 29, 2005.

Shodor Receives $900,000 for Apprenticeship Program

Shodor announced an award of $900,000 from The National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new apprenticeship program. One of NSF's ITEST (Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) grants, this funding provided students with the opportunity to grow from excitement, to experience, to expertise through Shodor's student programs.

Shodor Receives 3-year Grant for DEAF STEM

Shodor received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its DEAF STEM (Deaf Educational Access for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) research project. The grant will support the development of sign language translations for online lessons, as well as resources to help educational interpreters improve their sign language skills.


Special Recognition Award

Shodor was honored by the Durham Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities. This award is given to an individual or group for extraordinary contributions and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities as well as exploring their capabilities and potential.

Project Interactivate Digital Dozen Award

Project Interactivate received an Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Digital Dozen Award. This award recognizes the efforts of businesses to improve schools. Shodor was recognized for its programs in math, science and medical careers.

$177,000 grant for SUCCEED

Project SUCCEED, one of the Shodor's most active programs, received a $177,000 grant from The Burroughs Wellcome Fund in February. This financial award is pivotal in completing Project SUCCEED, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has been instrumental in expanding this program to reach dozens of local students from throughout the Triangle. Activities sponsored by this award include the Internet Explorers Club, Computational Science Classes, and Workshops and Research Apprenticeships.

Memorandum of Understanding

Shodor was named one of seven partners in the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the revitalization of the nation's undergraduate education. This prestigious group, consisting of some of the nation's most successful companies, seeks to unite the individual efforts of its members in an attempt to develop national education strategies. To further explain the role of Shodor, the NSF has released a Memorandum of Understanding elaborating upon the role of Shodor and its partners.

Annenberg/CPB INPUT award

Dr. Holly Peters Hirst's MAT1010 course at Appalachian State University was named an Annenberg/CPB INPUT award winner in quantitative literacy. The INPUT award is given to teachers, selected from across the nation, who "promote innovative use of technology in instruction of mathematics service courses." Dr. Holly Peters Hirst is a member of Shodor's Board of Directors, and an active member in the Foundation's operations.


Top Priority Education Finalist

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and the Durham Public Schools honored Shodor as a finalist in the non-profit division of the 1996 Education Top Priority awards. The Education Top Priority awards are given to businesses that go beyond their mission statement to contribute to education and to implement policies that promote education in the work force. Shodor met or exceeded nearly every criteria of possible contribution or influence, including employing local students as apprentices, providing training for local teachers, and volunteering for other community efforts.

Shodor Intern Wins Student of the Year

Intern Monte Evans won the 1996 Student of the Year award for Durham County. Monte Evans, a 13 year old at the time of the award, attended Lowes Grove Middle School. In addition to his excellent academic record, Monte has been a volunteer intern at Shodor since 1993.

Shodor Helps Department of Defense Dependent Schools

Simulations and supporting materials developed by Shodor staff were used as the basis of an international science collaboration demonstrating network technologies involving four of the schools from the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, for which Dr. Panoff, Shodor's executive director, received a letter of commendation from the Department of Defense.