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CICS DEAN'S OPPORTUNITY FUND

The CICS Dean's Opportunity Fund is a Resource and Development fund for the dean, providing flexible resources to pursue new opportunities and respond to needs as they arise.  Contribute to the CICS Dean's Opportunity Fund.

CICS SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS

The following scholarships have been created by members of the College of Information and Computer Sciences community. Please consider making a contribution to any of these scholarships, or establishing a new one. Scholarship donations, in any amount, provide critical support to our talented students. Thank you for your generous support!

The David Mix Barrington Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship created by Quentin Clark '94 honors Professor David Mix Barrington. It provides scholarship support to undergraduate rising seniors with financial need who have double majors (primary major computer science).  Contribute to the David Mix Barrington Scholarship in Computer Science.  

  • 2018 Recipient: Nicholas Cummings (BS 2019)
  • 2017 Recipient: David Ter-Ovanesyan (BS 2018)

The Lori A. Clarke Scholarship in Computer Science

In 2013, a group of alumni created a scholarship in Professor Lori A. Clarke's honor. This scholarship provides scholarship support to a first-year graduate student who is a member of a group underrepresented in computer science. Contribute to the Lori A. Clarke Scholarship in Computer Science.

  • 2018 Recipient: Akanksha Atrey received a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from University at Albany in 2016. Her research interest is in artificial intelligence.
  • 2017 Recipient: Shiva Ramezani received a BS in software engineering from University of Tehran in 2017.  Her research interests are in artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithms and social networks. 

The John E. and Alice M. Flynn Scholarship

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students majoring in computer science.  Contribute to the John E. and Alice M. Flynn Scholarship.  

  • 2018 Recipient: Stephen Ulich (BS 2019)
  • 2017 Recipient: Tajour Cohen-Henry (BS 2019)
  • 2016 Recipient: Sarah Brockman (BS 2019)

The Jim Gray Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship was established by CS alumnus Hanuma Kodavalla (MS '88) to pay tribute to renowned Computer Scientist Jim Gray, who was lost at sea in 2007. The scholarship provides support to a first-year graduate student pursuing research in the area of systems. Contribute to the Jim Gray Scholarship Fund.

  • 2018 Recipient: Phuthipong Bovornkeeratiroj
  • 2017 Recipient: Emily First received a BS in computer science and mathematics from Harvey Mudd College in 2017. Her research is at the intersection of information theory and distributed systems.
  • 2016 Recipient: Anna Fariha received a BS and MS in computer science from Dhaka University in Bangladesh in 2011 and 2013. Her research interests are in data management and database systems.
  • 2015 Recipient: Mehrnaz Najafi received an MS in computer science from the University of Toronto in 2013. She also received a BS and MS in computer engineering from Shahid Beheshti University. Her research interests are in data management and software engineering.
  • 2014 Recipient: Dan Zhang received a BS in computer science from Harbin Institute of Technology, China. In 2013, she won the first Applied Surface Science journal Frans Habraken Best Paper Award.
  • 2013 Recipient: Yunmeng Ban received a BS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (top 3%). Previously she worked in the Software & Solutions Group (Hadoop Team) at Intel Corporation. She is interested in data management, database systems, distributed systems, and data mining.

The Sudha and Rajesh Jha Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Sudha Mishra and Rajesh Jha '90 in appreciation for the support Rajesh received while a student.  The scholarship provides support to first-year graduate students. Contribute to the Sudha and Rajesh Jha Scholarship.  

  • 2018 Recipient: Sudeep Raja Putta received a BS in computer science and engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2016. His research interest is in theoretical foundations of machine learning.
  • 2017 Recipient: Anirudh Sabnis received a Bachelors in Technology from National Institute of Technology Karnataka in 2012.
  • 2016 Recipient: Sam Baxter received a BA in computer science from Boston College. His research interests are programming languages, building and verifying systems, and computer networks.
  • 2014 Recipient: Amee Trivedi is the first recipient of the Sudha and Rajesh Jha Scholarship. She received a BS in information technology engineering from the University of Mumbai. Prior to joining UMass, she was a member of the technical staff at NetApp in Bangalore.

The James Kurose Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship, established by Steve Vinter '85, provides support to first-year graduate students in the field of systems. The scholarship recognizes the outstanding contributions of Distinguished Professor James "Jim" Kurose to the UMass Amherst computer science community and the field of computer science. Contribute to the James Kurose Scholarship in Computer Science.

  • 2018 Recipient: Assan Toleuov recieved his BS in computer science from Nazarbayev University in 2017. 
  • 2017 Recipient: Brandon Oubre received a BS in computer science and mathematics from Louisiana State University in 2015.
  • 2016 Recipient: Hia Ghosh received a Bachelor of Technology from West Bengal University of Technology, India in 2016. Research interests include networks and information theory.

The Victor Lesser Graduate Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

This scholarship, created by former graduate students of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Victor Lesser, honors Lesser's extraordinary career and thoughtful mentoring of more than 30 computer scientists specializing in multi-agent systems. The scholarship is awarded to a talented Ph.D student specializing in Artificial Intelligence. Contribute to the Victor Lesser Graduate Scholarship.

  • 2018 Recipient: Mahmood Jasim
  • 2017 Recipient: Doctoral student Connor Basich received a BS in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. His research interests are in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • 2016 Recipient: Doctoral student Justin Svegliato received a BS in computer science and philosophy from Marist College in 2014. His research interest is in problems in automated reasoning.
  • 2014 Recipient: Doctoral student Kaleigh Clary received a BS in computer science and mathematics from Hendrix College.  She was awarded a competitive Goldwater Scholarship in 2013.
  • 2013 Recipient: Doctoral student Daniel Garant received a BS in mathematics and applied computer science at Keene State College in 2013. He was vice president of KSC's Computer Science Club and the CS honor society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

The Robert Moll Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship, established by Steve Willis '78, is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who has attended community college. It honors Professor Emeritus Robert Moll, an innovative researcher and popular teacher noted for his dedication to his students. Contribute to the Robert Moll Scholarship in Computer Science.

  • 2018 Recipient: Chester Moses (BS 2019)
  • 2017 Recipient: Manuel Moquete (BS 2019)
  • 2016 Recipient: Joseph Geneva (BS 2017)

The Robin Popplestone Memorial Fellowship

Established in memory of Professor Emeritus Robin Popplestone, this scholarship provides scholarship support to a Computer Science graduate student pursuing research in the area of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Contribute to the Robin Popplestone Fellowship.

  • 2018 Recipient: Alyx Burns is a second-year MS student who recieved his BS in computer science from Mount Holyoke College. 
  • 2017 Recipient: James E. Kostas is a first-year doctoral student who graduated magna cum laude with a BS in mathematics from Villanova University. His research interest is in machine learning.
  • 2016 Recipients: David Balaban and Spencer Lane. David is a first-year MS student who received a BS in computer science and physics from UMass Amherst. Spencer is a first-year PhD student who received an MS in aerospace engineering from MIT and a BS from Old Dominion University.
  • 2015 Recipient: Sandhya Saisubramanian, a first-year doctoral student, received an MS in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a BS in computer science from Pondicherry University.  She is a research assistant in Professor Shlomo Zilberstein's Resource-Bounded Reasoning Lab.
  • 2014 Recipient: Tsung-Yu Lin, a first-year doctoral student, received a BS and MS in electrical engineering and computer science from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. His research interests are in computer vision.
  • 2013 Recipient: Li Yang Ku, a first-year doctoral student, received an MS in computer science from the University of California Los Angeles in 2011 and a BS in electrical engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in 2008. Ku is interested in robotics and vision research.
  • 2012 Recipient: Tiffany Liu graduated from Smith College with a BS in engineering science and computer science in May 2012.
  • 2011 Recipient: James Atwood graduated from Oberlin College with Honors in physics in 2007.  After graduating he went on to work as an Associate Scientist at Archimedes, a disease modeling firm.

The Krithi Ramamritham Computer Science Scholarship

The Krithi Ramamritham Computer Science Scholarship was established by a group of Krithi's former students in recognition and appreciation of his work and influence.  The scholarship provides support to graduate students pursuing research in the areas of data management, computer systems, or related fields. Contribute to the Krithi Ramamritham Scholarship.

  • 2018 Recipient: Virat Shejwalkar recieved a Dual Degree in electrical and electronic engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2015. 
  • 2017 Recipient: Sohaib Ahmad received a BS in computer science from The University of Lahore, Pakistan in 2017.
  • 2016 Recipient: Sainyam Galhotra is a doctoral student who received a Bachelors in Technology in computer science at IIT Delhi. His research interest is in data analytics.

Edward Riseman and Allen Hanson Scholarship in Computer Science

Established in memory of Professor Emeritus Edward Riseman and in honor of Professor Emeritus Allen Hanson, this scholarship provides support to a first-year graduate student interested in computer vision research. Contribute to the Edward Riseman and Allen Hanson Scholarship.

  • 2018 Recipient: Zezhou Cheng received a BS in computer science from Sichuan University in 2015. His rsearch interests are in computer vision and machine learning.
  • 2017 Recipient: Mikayla Timm graduated summa cum laude with a BS in computer science from University of West Florida in 2017. Her research interests are in computer vision, machine learning, and natural language processing.
  • 2016 Recipient: Yang Zhou received an MS in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech and a BS/MS in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The David W. Stemple Scholarship

Established in memory of Professor Emeritus David Stemple, the fund provides scholarship support to a first-year graduate student specializing in systems research (priority to women candidates). Contribute to the David W. Stemple Scholarship.

  • 2018 Recipient: Trung Nguyen Ba received a BS in computer science from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016. He received a PhD in philosophy and computer science in 2017 from University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • 2017 Recipient: Breanna Devore-McDonald received a BS in computer science from University of Notre Dame in 2017. Her research interests are in systems and programming languages.
  • 2016 Recipient: Bobby Powers received a Masters in Philosophy in system dynamics from Universitetet i Bergen in 2011 and a BS in environmental studies from SUNY in 2008. His research interests are in systems and programming languages.
  • 2015 Recipient: Rian Shambaugh received a BS in computer science from The George Washington University in 2015. She is a doctoral student with research interests in programming languages and formal verification.

The Sidney Topol Scholarship in Computer Science

Established through the generosity of UMass Amherst alum Sidney Topol, the fund provides scholarship support to an undergraduate student who shows promise in the field of computer science.

  • 2018 Recipients: Nhi Lam (BS 2020), Duy Nguyen (BS 2020)
  • 2017 Recipients: Patrick Kelley (BS 2020), Chung Hin Lee (BS 2020), Maggie Zhang (BS 2020), and Wei Erica Zheng (BS 2020)
  • 2016 Recipient: Lisa Iudiciani (BS 2017)

The Paul Utgoff Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Established in memory of Professor Paul Utgoff, the fund provides scholarship support to first-year  graduate students pursuing machine-learning research. Contribute to the Paul Utgoff Memorial Scholarship.

  • 2018 Recipient: Neha Nayak recieved a BS in computer science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in 2013. Neha also recieved a MS in computer science from Stanford University in 2015.
  • 2017 Recipient: John Wamburu received a BS in software engineering from Kenyatta University, Kenya. His research interest is in the field of systems, primarily intelligent transportation systems.
  • 2016 Recipient: Katie Keith received a BA in mathematics from Lewis and Clark University in 2015. Her research interests are in natural language processing and machine learning.
  • 2015 Recipient: Su Lin Blodgett received a BA in mathematics from Wellesley College in 2015. Blodgett spent a semester abroad as part of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. Her research interest is in using statistical text analysis to answer social science questions.
  • 2014 Recipient: Kristina Fedorenko received a BA in astronomy and computer science from Smith College in 2013. Prior to joining the MS program this fall, she was a developer at the Gemini Observatory.
  • 2013 Recipient: Juston Moore received a BS in computer science (with highest honors) from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2010. Prior to joining the PhD program, he was an MS student in the College in the Machine Learning and Data Science Laboratory.
  • 2012 Recipient: Ariel Kobren graduated in 2010 from Tufts University with a BS in computer science. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, he was a Research Scientist at MIT Lincoln Labs. He was also awarded a 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • 2011 Recipient: Benjamin Mears graduated from Amherst College in 2011 with a BA in computer science and mathematics. 

Dean's Merit Scholarship

One or more students in the Computer Science degree program will be selected for a Dean's Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to recognize and reward academic excellence, passion for computer science, and innovation in computer science applications. Eligible applicants will be students in the BS or BA program in Computer Science, with at least one completed semester in the major. Preference will be given to students with a history of high achievement, passion for computer science, and a vision for how their computer science degree will enable them to make a difference in the world.

  • 2018 Recipients: Colin Stern (BS 2019), Anjali Devakumar (BS 2019), Rachit Nigam (BS 2018), Joanna Olson (BS 2019), Nicholas Merlino (BS 2018), Kyu Min (Caroline) Kim (BS 2019), Joshua Girard (BS 2018)

Dean's International Scholarship

One or more international students in the Computer Science degree program will be selected for a Dean's International Scholarship. Recognizing that international students face travel and other expenses in order to attend the program, and that many families make significant sacrifices in order for the student to attend UMass, the Dean invites eligible international students to apply for this scholarship.

Eligible applicants will be students in the BS or BA program in Computer Science, with at least one completed semester in the major. Preference will be given to students with a history of high achievement, passion for computer science, and compelling financial need.

  • 2018 Recipients: Ziwei He (BS 2019), Johnny Tian-Zheng Wei (BA 2019), Xin Liu (BS 2018), Chinmay Patil (BS 2020), and Qiqin Zhao (BS 2018)

Conrad Wogrin Undergraduate Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship honors Professor Emeritus Conrad "Connie" Wogrin. It provides scholarship support to undergraduate students who show particular promise and demonstrate financial need, with preference to students who are members of groups underrepresented in computer science. Contribute to the Conrad Wogrin Undergraduate Scholarship.

  • 2017 - 2020 Recipient: Olivia Higgins (BS 2020)

Silicon Valley Computer Science Alumni Scholarship 

This scholarship was created by a diverse group of professionals working in Silicon Valley.  These alumni and friends of the College of Information and Computer Sciences recognize the importance of bringing employees with a broad range of life experiences, interests, and backgrounds to enrich the innovation of Silicon Valley and build more inclusive companies. Recognizing that computing has transformed every industry and academic discipline, they wish to support the development of truly interdisciplinary students well-trained in computer science and broadened by exposure to other fields. Established to support rising sophomores, juniors and seniors within the College of Information and Computer Sciences who are pursuing interdisciplinary programs combining computer science and other disciplines. Contribute to the Silicon Valley Computer Science Alumni Scholarship.

  • 2018 Recipient: Nabihah Sheikh (BS 2019)

W. Bruce Croft Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship created by Dr. Trevor D. Strohman (M.S. '05, Ph.D. '08) and Dr. Anne-Marie Strohman (English Ph.D. '14) honors Distinguished Professor W. Bruce Croft.  It provides scholarship support to graduate students in the Ph.D. program in computer science.  Eligible candidates will be admitted or continuing students in the Ph.D. program.  Preference will be given to students whose computer science research area is information retrieval, or natural language processing.  Contribute to the W. Bruce Croft Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science

  • First recipient will be selected in 2018

 

Please join us in providing scholarship support to the talented students in the College of Information and Computer Sciences!

Gifts may be made using the secure donation page https://www.cics.umass.edu/donate; by calling 413-545-4721 to make a credit card gift; or with a check made out to University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gifts may be sent to CICS Development, UMass Amherst, 140 Governors Drive, Amherst, MA 01003-9264. Please contact Director of Development Julie Stubbs at stubbs@cics.umass.edu or 413-545-1220 for further information.