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Women Computer Science Students Secure Grant Funding

Five women students from the Department of Computer Science (CS) at Stony Brook University will travel across the country to participate in mentoring and learning opportunities thanks to several funding awards.

The first group will travel to the 2014 CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop, which takes place April 11-12 in Santa Clara, California. The workshop is the cornerstone of CRA-W’s efforts to increase the ranks of senior women in computing by building and mentoring nationwide communities.

CRA-W received more than 500 applications for this award, but recognized the academic accomplishments of SBU CS graduate students Samhitha Kuduvalli Vasudeva Murthy and Jesmin Jahan Tithi to attend the conference. The Department of Computer Science also acknowledged the accomplishments of Anchal Agarwal, Jayashree Divakara Reddy and Aakrati Talati, awarded travel funding to them as well.

The CRA-W workshops are extremely well received by women participants, with 302 women attendees last year. The 2014 Grad Cohort Workshop is sponsored by Microsoft Research, ACM SIG Special Project Fund, Computing Research Association, Google, ACM SIGPLAN, ACM SIGSOFT, Yahoo!, IEEE-CS, Two Sigma, IBM and others.

In addition to the CR-W funding award, Jesmin Jahan Tithi was honored with several other funding awards. She will use an ACM-W Scholarship and IEEE TCPP grant to attend IPDPS in Phoenix, Arizona, May 19-23. IPDPS is an international forum for scientists to present their latest parallel computation research.

“Every year only 20 awards are made worldwide by ACM; this is a great honor for Jesmin,” said Rezaul Chowdhury, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University.

The National Science Foundation also awarded Tithi a grant to attend ISPASS 2014 in Monterey, California. The 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS) was held in March.

Stony Brook’s Department of Computer Science is ranked among the top 20 computer science departments in the nation. Interdisciplinary collaboration and research recognition elevates and attracts internationally renowned faculty who have made significant contributions in visual computing, networking, computer systems, cybersecurity, algorithms, verification and intelligent computing.

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