Three Computing Students Win NSF Fellowships

April 15, 2006

ATLANTA, April 16, 2006  Three students from the College of Computing (CoC) at Georgia Tech have won the most prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation to support their graduate studies. Ralph Dunlap (Databases), Adebola Osuntogun (Artificial Intelligence), and Gallagher Pryor (Artificial Intelligence) are among the 1,000 students nationwide to receive a fellowship this year from a pool of approximately 9,000 applicants. In addition to full tuition for up to three years, these computing students will receive a $30,000 annual stipend which includes a $1,200 for research education. CoC Ph.D. student Adam O'Neill (Cryptography) also received an NSF graduate fellowship honorable mention this year.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

"These prestigious awards are a testimony to the outstanding talent of our students and a positive reflection on our interdisciplinary computing programs," said CoC Dean Rich DeMillo. "Every such award we receive frees up resources to recruit and fund more outstanding students from across the country.”

The NSF fellowships also help CoC’s strategic mission, demonstrating the College’s ability to recruit the most talented graduate students in the nation and prepare them for careers as university, government and industry leaders. DeMillo attributes the success of receiving so many national graduate fellowships to a combination of top students and faculty, as well as the graduate education leadership at the College.

"These fellowships are the most esteemed in the nation, and receiving this many in a single year is a strong indication of how the College of Computing is increasing its recognition and reputation at the national level," said DeMillo. "These applicants are some of the best in the nation, and that they elected to come to the College of Computing for their graduate studies speaks volumes about the research opportunities that we offer here at Tech."