CSC News

April 15, 2011

Smith a Two-Time IBM PhD Fellowship Winner

Congratulations to Ben Smith, a graduate student in the computer science department at NC State University, who was recently awarded a prestigious 2011 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award. This is Smith’s second consecutive year of winning the award.

 Award recipients are selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their progress to-date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head.
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study including: computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences, business sciences, etc. 
Fellows are awarded tuition, fees, and a stipend for one academic year. The total value of the award is estimated at $30,000. All IBM Ph.D. Fellows are matched with an IBM mentor according to their technical interests, and they are encouraged to intern at an IBM research or development laboratory under their mentor’s guidance. All Ph.D. Fellowship awards are eligible for renewal yearly for a total of up to three years.
Special thanks go to Smith’s sponsor, Dr. Laurie Williams, and to IBM for their continued support of our department and students.

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