CSC News

May 06, 2015

Vail Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The NC State Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that Alexandria Vail has been chosen to receive a prestigious and highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
Vail, who completes her undergraduate degree this month, is double majoring in computer science and mathematics, and double minoring in physics and cognitive science.  This fall she will enter the NC State computer science PhD program to study natural language processing.  She has been working in the LearnDialogue lab with her advisor, Dr. Kristy Boyer.
“Alexandria’s accomplishments as an undergraduate are truly remarkable,” said Boyer.  “I am excited to see what she will achieve in her graduate studies!”
NSF awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship to 2,000 individuals from among 16,500 applicants in 2015.  The first Fellowship was awarded in 1952, with the goal of encouraging basic scientific research and ensuring comprehensive, competitive programs for U.S. students.  Since 1952, NSF has funded over 46,500 Graduate Research Fellowships out of over 500,000 applicants. 
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. 
Each Fellowship recipient receives three years of funding (approximately $138,000) during a five-year fellowship period for research-focused degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.  Additional information on the program can be found here.
For information on NC State’s other recipients, please see the related story here.

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