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Applications Are Open For The Pausch Undergraduate Summer Research Award

Click the link that follows for more content on the Randy F. Pausch '82 Computer Science Undergraduate Summer Research Award.

Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) is glad to announce that applications are open for the Randy F. Pausch '82 Computer Science Undergraduate Summer Research Award, which provides $10,000 annually to support an undergraduate engaged in an intensive faculty-student summer research partnership at Brown CS. 

The award is available thanks to a generous gift from Brown CS alum Peter Norvig, now a Director of Research at Google and a thought leader in the areas of artificial intelligence, natural language processing, information retrieval, and software engineering, was drawn to Brown as an undergraduate by the open curriculum and his interests in computer science and linguistics, which he studied in high school. His gift honors the life and work of Randy F. Pausch '82, a renowned expert in computer science, human-computer interaction, and design who died of complications from pancreatic cancer in 2008 and whose "Last Lecture" has been widely praised. "I didn't know Randy when I was at Brown," Peter says, "but we met afterward and corresponded for many years. His story is inspiring, and this is an opportunity to remember him."

Norvig sees this award as a "multiplier" that will amplify the value of his gift and extend it through time. "I'm interested in students with a wide range of personalities and interests," he says, "and in putting students and faculty together. In the past, we had to build all our own tools, and we didn't have time to combine computer science with other fields. Now, there are so many opportunities to do so. I think it's a wise choice: you invest in things that you think will do good, and educating a student allows them to help add to the things that you're already trying to accomplish." 

Last year, the award went to Sorawee Porncharoenwase, who worked with Postdoctoral Reserach Associate Tim Nelson to use logic to aid users in verifying correctness of a system. He was introduced to software verification and programming languages at Brown and continued his interest in them by taking Logic for Systems with Tim, then TAing the course twice. Over the summer, he worked on program synthesis combined with past work that Tim, Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi, and their PhD student, Natasha Danas, have done on presenting the output of formal methods tools. 

To apply, no later than February 10, 2018, students should email Associate Professor (Research) and Vice Chair Tom Doeppner either: (A) a copy of their summer UTRA application or (B) a two-page description of their proposed research and a letter of support from the Brown CS faculty member that they intend to work with.

For more information, click the link that follows to contact Brown CS Communications Outreach Specialist Jesse C. Polhemus.