Computer Science Ph.D. students Jay McCarthy and Warren Schudy recently received awards from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
Jay received a NSF Fellowship and placed in the top 6th percentile of awardees. His proposed plan of research is to create a programming language that eases the development of correct and richly featured Web applications. This language will be amenable to analysis to help guarantee various kinds of safety properties. Jay's award is worth approximately $120,000 over three years.
Warren received a NSF Honorable Mention for his proposal concerning automatic tuning of combinatorial optimization algorithms. While the Honorable Mention does not carry a monetary value, it is considered a significant academic achievement nationwide.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Awards are granted based on previous research experience, the proposed plan of research, and the student's ability to make a "broader impact" in their program of study in terms of educational, industrial, and societal relevance.
More details about GRFP can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05601.