May 26, 2003
New fellowships will support graduate students
in computer science
By Tim Stephens
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a major grant to the Computer
Science Department to support graduate student fellowships. The award--which
provides $200,000 a year for three years--is from the Graduate Assistance
in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program.
"The GAANN awards are very important to the campus as a source
of funding for science and engineering programs," said Ira Pohl,
professor and chair of computer science and a principal investigator
on the grant.
With the required cost-sharing from UCSC, the funds available to assist
graduate students will total $750,000.
"This grant will provide enough funding for full three-year fellowships
for six graduate students in our department," Pohl said.
The GAANN program is highly competitive, and only a handful of other
computer science departments in the country received such grants this
year, Pohl said. Proposals are judged on the basis of the quality of
the department and its commitment to graduate students from underrepresented
Several other departments on campus receive funding for graduate students
through the GAANN program, including physics, chemistry, biology, and
The GAANN program is intended to assist graduate students with excellent
records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest
degree available in a field designated as an area of national need.
The areas of national need include biology, chemistry, computer and
information sciences, engineering, geological science, mathematics,
"The fellowships can be used both as a recruitment tool to attract
the best graduate students to the campus, and to support students who
are already here," Pohl said.
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