CSC News

May 06, 2008

Massey Wins Walter H. Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellowship

Congratulations to Aaron Massey, doctoral student in computer science, who was recently awarded the 2008-2009 Walter H. Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellowship.  Recipients of the Fellowship receive a non-renewable $3000 stipend.

Massey is advised by Dr. Annie Antón, associate professor of computer science at NC State University and director of ThePrivacyPlace.Org.

The Walter H. Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellowship is funded through an endowment established by N.C. State alumnus Walter H. Wilkinson. Each year, the Fellowship is awarded to a doctoral student at N.C. State. Within the University’s larger Responsible Conduct of Research Program, the Walter H.Wilkinson Research Ethics Fellow is a doctoral student who engages in an in-depth study of responsible conduct of research for one academic year, exploring the guidelines for professional conduct and ethical decision-making that are part of the very foundation of a research University.

Massey received the Fellowship from the NC State University Graduate School, based on a proposal he submitted, focused on the ethics of behavioral advertising.  His responsibilities associated with the Fellowship will include: taking PHI 816: Introduction to Research Ethics; conducting an extensive literature survey on the ethics of collecting and using online behavioral information; developing a courseware module for Dr. Anton’s spring 2009 course entitled, “Privacy Technology, Law and Policy;” organizing an ethics seminar in the computer science regular colloquium series; and preparing a manuscript for the IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to perform this research with the support of the Walter H. Wilkinson Ethics Fellowship,” Massey said.

More information on the Fellowship can be found at:


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