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Google on Campus

Joseph O'Rourke
Google Panel Discussion

Monday, March 6, 2006

Campus Center 103-104, 5:30 - 6:30PM

Pizza will be served!

Google is coming to campus!

Working at Google means tackling tough problems and developing innovative products that make a positive difference in tens of millions of lives every day. You will find fun, friendly colleagues, an incredibly supportive environment that values life as much as it does work, and the opportunity to test the limits of your intellectual abilities. Join us for an interactive session to get an insider's view on Google! Please come with some prepared questions that you would like to know about Google for our panelists.

Natasha Mohanty, Software Engineer

Natasha graduated from Mount Holyoke with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology and then began her PhD from UMass, Amherst. She was working on Multimedia Information Retrieval. She applied for the Google Anita Borg scholarship and as part of that was invited to Mountain View. During that time she interviewed for an internship. Natasha's first summer as a grad student she interned at Google and worked on image retrieval. At the end of the internship she applied for a full time position as a Software Engineer. She went back and finished her Masters where her thesis was on machine learning and social network analysis and then accepted a full time position at Google. She is currently on leave from the PhD program. She has been working for Google for about 6 months and works on websearch. She is also trying to begin a 20% project with the Google Book Search team.

Rebecca Shapley, User Experience Researcher

Rebecca joined Google in September 2005. Her starting projects have included field studies on the Picasa photo organizer and usability lab studies on books.google.com. She's recently graduated with a Masters in HCI from the iSchool SIMS at UC Berkeley, and previously worked as a project manager developing multimedia science education software for the Lawrence Hall of Science. Computer modeling of biological systems for her BA in Biology & Environmental Sciences from Bryn Mawr College planted the seed for the applied technical work she does now at Google.

Julie Torres, AdSense Coordinator/Administrative Associate

Julie joined the Google AdSense team in September 2004. When she began working in AdSense, she focused on working with new and potential publishers. Currently, she manages the Operations arm of the AdSense Sales team, supports the AdSense Director, and serves as a Team Advisor. Before coming to work at Google, she worked as a professional nanny. She received a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University in June 2003. She enjoys snowboarding and occasionally cheers around the office to raise team morale.

[Posted Thursday 3/2/2006]


Web Assistant/Designer

Joseph O'Rourke
Job Title: Web Assistant/Designer Department: Information Technology Services Description: This job involves updating and sometimes re-designing websites as requested by various Smith academic departments and faculty. Maximum 10 hrs a week with a flexible work schedule. Requirements: Excellent communication skills; working knowledge of Dreamweaver, HTML, FTP, and Photoshop; understanding of website file management and user interface design principles. CSS knowledge a plus, but not required. Seeking a highly-motivated person with a strong work ethic and ability to work independently. Start Date: January 2006 End Date: May 2006 Pay Rate: $8.50 per hour Location: Stoddard Hall 23, other on-campus offices as needed. Student will be able to work in own room for most projects. If you are interested in this Work-Study position, please visit the Student Employment JobX website to submit an initial application: http://studentemployment.smith.edu/JobX_FindAJob.aspx

[Posted Thursday 12/22/2005]


Research jobs at Smith

Nick Howe
I am currently looking for a student to hire to work on grant-funded research during the spring 2006 semester. The job will probably involve some programming, but may also include data-gathering and other activities. The precise duties can be worked out in consultation with me; just let me know if you're interested. I'll also probably have some positions open this summer, but I will send a separate announcement for those when the time is a little closer. -Nick Howe

[Posted Wednesday 12/21/2005]


Software Engineering Internship

Nick Howe
Software Engineer Internship Knowledge Matters, Inc. 1 Roundhouse Plaza, Suite 304Northampton, MA 01060 Tel: 413-587-9917 Fax: 413-584-8485 Contact Peter Jordanjordan@knowledgematters.com Company Description Knowledge Matters is a leading maker of educational simulations. Our simulations are in over 3000 schools throughout the United States. Job Description As a Software Engineer Intern at Knowledge Matters, you will be involved in the development, design, and support of leading edge educational simulations. You will work closely with our lead engineer to build and test software products and tools for game like simulations of historical events. Job duties and responsibilities include: - Design and develop software products and tools using Java - Testing and debugging of software Job Qualifications - Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline - Experience with Java - Must be able to work independently and as part of a team - Must have strong communication skills and be self-motivated Exposed to the Following is Desirable: - GUI development with AWT and Swing - RPC (remoting) - Cross platform development (Mac and PC) Resume and code samples required. Position available January and Spring. Position is part time with a minimum of 15 hours. There is one position available per semester.

[Posted Wednesday 12/21/2005]


Social Networks talk

Joseph O'Rourke

TITLE: The Link-Prediction Problem for Social Networks

David Liben-Nowell

Lunchtime, Friday, 9 Dec 2005

ABSTRACT: Beginning with the "six degrees of separation" experiments of Stanley Milgram in the 1960's, interest in the structure and analysis of social networks has blossomed into a full-fledged area of research. Many interesting statistical properties of social networks -- e.g., the small average distance between entities in the network, the phenomenon of high "clustering" (two friends of Arnold Schwarzenegger are likely to be friends of each other as well), and a power-law degree distribution in the network -- have been identified, verified, and modeled. In this talk, I will review some of the interesting phenomena that have been observed in social networks, and then describe the *link-prediction problem* for social networks: given a snapshot of a social network, can we infer which new interactions among its members are likely to occur in the near future? I will discuss experiments on large co-authorship networks that suggest that interesting information about future interactions can be extracted from the network topology alone. Time permitting, I will also mention applications to Kevin Bacon and Paul Erdos, corporate profitability and national security, and Anna Lysyanskaya (Smith CS Class of 1997). Joint work with Jon Kleinberg.

[Posted Monday 12/5/2005]


Three Job Openings in Music Retrieval

Judy Frankline


THREE JOB OPENINGS IN MUSIC RETRIEVAL

The Institute of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University has three job openings for the WITCHCRAFT project (http://www.cs.uu.nl/research/projects/witchcraft/). The aim of the project is to a develop content-based retrieval system for folksong melodies stored as audio and notation. The system will be integrated in the Nederlandse Liederenbank ( of Dutch Songsor Dutch language and culture research.

The project team will include a postdoc, a PhD student and a scientific programmer. The closing date for applications is 25 October, 2005. For more information and details about the application procedure please follow the links below.

The postdoc will concentrate on systems design and integration, and evaluation. Specific tasks include:
    * designing and implementing the framework
    * cognitive modelling of melodies
    * designing similarity measures and algorithms
    * developing evaluation methods
job description: http://www.cs.uu.nl/vacatures/en/62510.html

The PhD student will concentrate on methods of Music Retrieval. Specific tasks include:
    * selection and creation of a test corpus
    * cognitive modelling of melodies
    * designing similarity measures and algorithms
    * user modelling and visualisation
    * performing system evaluation
job description: http://www.cs.uu.nl/vacatures/en/62512.html

The programmer will implement system components and integrate them into the Nederlandse Liederenbank. Specific tasks include:
    * implementing the framework, the audio transcription module, search algorithms, and the user interface
    * providing technical and user documentation
job description: http://www.cs.uu.nl/vacatures/en/62513.html


[Posted 20 Sep 05]


Grad School: CS Department at UMass

Joseph O'Rourke
From Neil Immerman, Professor of Computer Science @UMass:

Thank you very much for helping us attract participants to our grad student recruiting event which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10:00 to 4:30 at the computer science department, UMass, Amherst. Attached is a flyer suitable for emailing and/or printing and posting. We are also sending you a few color copies of this flyer. The flyer and a registration page are also available at cs-saturday.

Recall that we want to reach out to undergrads in computer science and related areas who are potential candidates for graduate school, filling in some of the blanks to help them seriously consider that possibility. We are especially interested in attracting women and minority students, but all appropriate students in their junior or senior year are welcome.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 1. We are planning a fun day with short talks and panels and lunch, including some invited speakers from industry and government labs, all giving a sense about what graduate school is like -- here is what you can learn, here is what you can do, here are some careers that graduate work can lead to, plus some other useful information, e.g., rather than paying tuition, in many cases you will be paid as a grad student.

The event will be free, but we ask that participants register by September 22 so we can plan for lunch and coffee breaks.

[Posted 6 Sep 05]


NSF Research experience for undergraduate (REU) at Hampshire College

D. Thiebaut
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SUMMER 2004

TYPE OF POSITION: NSF Research experience for undergraduate (REU) at Hampshire College

TOPIC: research on low power designs for microprocessors
BACKGROUND: a course in computer architecture plus programming experience, must be a US citizen
DESCRIPTION: The research project will investigate the effect of the power model on the evaluation of power-aware architectural features. Many current studies rely on Wattch for modeling power savings for hardware and software features. However, Wattch was designed with an implicit model of the processor in mind, which may not be reflected in currently available systems. In order to increase the applicability of research in this area to actual chip design, it is necessary to have a more flexible power model. The project will involve the integration of Wattch with the SimpleScalar architecture simulator, and will have two parts. The first will be a study of how the Wattch counters and parameters affect the power estimation results for SPEC bencmarks. The second part will be to design a framework for adding and modifying counters.

CONTACT: Richard Weiss (rweiss@hampshire.edu) 559-5365

[Posted Monday 3/29/2004]


Former CS major seeks part-time help

D. Thiebaut

I have an individual Strategy Consulting Practice for high-end Strategy Consulting in the high-tech industry working with both large and small companies, including with venture-funded startups. I am seeking 2 interns to start as soon as possible. Job Description * Market Research, Market Segmentation, other related work * Project Based * Pay is dependent on the project size; fixed price projects Qualifications / Interest * Bright, fast-learner, interested in Business-to-Business Marketing * Interested Marketing, Sales, Channel Development * Interested in the High tech industry, in Business in general, and a generally curious person * Personable, good phone skills, very detail-oriented Application Process Send a resume, and cover letter explaining why you want to do this sort of work, your availability, constraints, compensation expectations, and longer term goals. Contact Sramana Mitra 1410 Steiner Street, PH2D San Francisco, CA 94115 Ph: 415-563-6957 Fax: 415-563-2029 sramana@alum.mit.edu

[Posted Saturday 3/27/2004]


Summer job at Smith: Computer Vision Research

Nick Howe
Interested in working on a hands-on, visually motivated research project? I seek to hire several students this summer to work on computer vision research projects, particularly relating to my current work in video-based motion capture. Programming skills will be very helpful for this position. Although the project will use the Matlab environment, no previous experience with Matlab is required. Up to 10 weeks of employment are available, beginning the week after graduation. The exact length of emplyment and work schedule are negotiable: we can plan around vactions, etc. that you wish to take, and employment for less than ten full weeks is possible. If you think you might be interested, please contact me by e-mail (nhowe@cs.smith.edu) for further details. There is no specific cutoff date, although the number of spots is limited and those applying earlier will receive preference.

[Posted Monday 3/1/2004]


Univ VA Nanoscale Materials

Joseph O'Rourke
University of Virginia Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Nanoscale Materials Design

Jointly sponsored by NSF/DoD

We are seeking college students to participate in a cross discipline program in Nanoscale Materials Design Research. The program will focus on applications from biomedical, chemical, computer, electrical, materials science, and mechanical engineering as well as applied mathematics and science majors. Students must have completed their sophomore year of an engineering, pre-engineering or science based curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3:0.

This summer program is aligned with an ongoing NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Virginia. This MRSEC, the Center for Nanoscopic Materials Design (www.mrsec.virginia.edu), is developing techniques for, fundamental understanding into, and applications of, guided self-assembly of materials on patterned semiconductor surfaces. By combining fundamental understanding and control of short-range self-assembly phenomena in Ge(Si)/Si structures with long-range pattern definition techniques, broad applications of diverse materials to quantum-engineered semiconductor devices can be envisioned, with possible extensions to nanoscale structuring of gels, biological templating and control of electrochemical reactions

Students in this NSF/DoD REU will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members and graduate students of the Center. Students will be responsible for a written and oral final report as well as submitting a poster of research findings. Program participants will take a 2-credit seminar course examining the societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology research. They will also have numerous social opportunities; including Friday evening outings to Charlottesville's historic downtown mall for "Fridays After Five" and weekend hiking opportunities in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. The program will begin on Sunday, June 1, 2003 and continue until Saturday, August 9, 2003. All students will receive a $4,000 stipend and on-campus living accommodations (some meals will also be provided). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit the following information:

1) Application
2) Statement indicating research interest and why you should be selected.
3) Resume
4) Two letters of reference (current or previous faculty)
5) Official university transcript(s)
Applications must be received by March 15, 2003. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

For more information: http://www.mrsec.virginia.edu/sreu/SREU2003.html

[Posted Tuesday 3/4/2003]


Peer-to-Peer: Summer at Cornell

Joseph O'Rourke

I received this concerning summer research internships at Cornell. They are interesting in hiring at least two Smith students for this summer! :-j


The exponential growth in the amount of information has resulted in the creation of very large databases. Such databases record an unprecedented amount of data, including scientific, business, personal and government data. One approach to managing all of this data is to fully centralize and integrate the data and host it on huge server farms; this is the prevalent approach today. This approach, however, suffers from the following drawbacks. First, the centralized approach offers limited fault-tolerance if the centralized server (or few central servers) either fail or are disconnected from the network. Second, the centralized approach requires sophisticated infrastructure with huge investments, which may not always be available or feasible in many cases. Finally, even if a centralized approach could be employed, there are non-technological reasons that limit its applicability, such as the autonomy of individual sites and privacy concerns.

As part of the PEPPER project at Cornell University (http://www.cs.cornell.edu/people/egs/pepper/), we are pursuing a research agenda that could lead to a different future. Instead of having all data integrated in one large central database system, we propose to host the data at the edge in a distributed peer-to-peer data sharing network. Doing so would provide increased fault-tolerance by avoiding a single point of failure, would enable graceful scaling of the system by attaching many cheap PCs to the Internet, and would enable data providers to ensure the privacy of their sensitive data.

The specific scope of the summer project would be to develop a P2P query processing layer that allows users to query the peer-to-peer system as though it were one huge database system. Note that a peer-to-peer query processing layer differs from a traditional distributed database system in terms of scale (hundreds to thousands of peers, as opposed to five to ten distributed databases), dynamics (peers could go on and off the network frequently, and without warning), and fault-tolerance (the system should still be operational even if many independent peers fail).

What the Internship will Offer

The internship will be a great opportunity to gain research experience by working with a leading research group on current, cutting-edge research problems. It will also be a good opportunity to learn more about database systems, distributed systems, web technologies, and the design and implementation of large-scale software systems.

Requirements

Programming Languages: C++, Java
Academic Background: Preference will be given to Juniors, even though outstanding Sophomores will also be considered. Experience with database systems and web technologies is a plus.

[Posted Wednesday 2/26/2003]


Music Plus One. Talk on March 6

Judy Franklin

Music Plus One: A System for Interactive Musical Accompaniment

Christopher Raphael
Mathematics Department
University of Massachusetts

4:00 March 6, 2003
403a McConnell Hall
Refreshments served.
Abstract

I discuss my ongoing work in creating a computer system that plays the role of a sensitive musical accompanist in a non-improvisatory composition for soloist and accompaniment.
My accompaniment system synthesizes a number of knowledge sources including the musical score, on-line analysis of the soloist's performance, and the musical interpretations demonstrated by both the soloist and accompanist in rehearsal. I present a probabilistic model --- a Bayesian Belief Network that represents these disparate knowledge sources in a coherent framework.
During live performance, my accompanist "listens" to the soloist by using a hidden Markov model and makes principled real-time decisions that incorporate all currently available information. I will provide a live demonstration of my system.

[Posted Tuesday 2/25/2003]


iD Tech Camps

Joseph O'Rourke
I'm currently looking to hire your students as top notch Instructors and Directors for our summer technology camps and thought you might be able to assist me.  We run amazing programs for kids ages 8-17 at top universities across the country like MIT, Smith, Princeton, Vassar, Stanford, and Northwestern.  Perhaps you would pass along the following to graduate students, undergrads, and/or educators that might be interested in this great opportunity.  In addition, as faculty of an iD University, you qualify for additional discounts if you would like to send your own child or teen to our camps.

We offer great pay -- not to mention a job with iD Tech Camps is a valuable resume builder. See the Job Description below and/or attached flyer:

iD Tech Camps provides summer technology camps for students ages 8-17 at top universities nationwide. Teach students age 8-17 how to produce digital movies, create video games, design Web sites, animate in stop motion, compose & mix digital music, master programming & robotics, and more.  Our day and overnight, hands-on, project-based programs offer one computer per student and an average of 6 students per Instructor. Limited Camp Director positions are also available. 

You'll teach students the latest software while balancing out the day with swimming, chess, and field trips to the beach or nearby arcade. Spend a rewarding summer giving back what you've learned.  It will be a summer that you will never forget.

Preferred Job Qualifications (for Instructors)

* An energetic, fun-loving personality

* A flexible summer schedule

Web Design + Graphic Arts, Digital Video + Movie Production, Programming + Robotics, Multimedia + Game Creation, Digital Music Editing, and/or Stop Motion Animation.

Preferred Job Qualifications (for Directors)

* Must be 25 or older

* Experience teaching and/or working with kids

* Ability to lead and motivate

* Strong Organizational skills

* A passion for education

* Flexibility and a good sense of humor

* Familiarity with Web Design & Graphic Arts, Digital Video & Movie Production, Programming & Robotics, Multimedia & Game Creation, Digital Music Editing, and/or Stop Motion Animation.

  In order to apply, you MUST complete iD's online application.  Go to www.internaldrive.com/staff.htm.

  Make a difference with iD this summer!

  Regards,

  Andrea Ajemian

East Coast Regional Manager

iD Tech Camps

andrea@internaldrive.com

www.internaldrive.com

[Posted Thursday 2/20/2003]


ESP Web Design

Joseph O'Rourke
The ES&P Program is looking for a computer savvy student to update and transform its current web page into a more dynamic site. Hours are flexible.

If you know of any such student, please have them contact Joanne McMullin by email at: jmcmulli@smith.edu to schedule a time to discuss the position. Please also feel free to share this announcement with your classes.

Thank you for your help.


Environmental Science & Policy Program
Bass Hall
x 2387
enviro@smith.edu

[Posted Thursday 2/20/2003]


Space Science Scholarship

Joseph O'Rourke
This might be of interest to juniors and seniors in your field:

LINK

Thanks for spreading the word. Jane

Jane Sommer, J.D., Associate Director
Smith College Career Development Office
Northampton, MA 01063 USA
(T)413-585-2582; (F)413-585-2596

[Posted Wednesday 2/12/2003]


Welsh Consulting internship

Joseph O'Rourke
A Smith alum named Jennifer Donovan will be coming to Smith next Wednesday, February 12, to present and discuss a new internship opportunity Welsh Consulting is making available to Smith students.

We appreciate all the CDO has done to get the word out about the internship itself, including the E-Access posting and the internship's inclusion in the CDO's Internships newsletter. We were wondering, however, if there is any way you could also advertise and get the word out about the presentation itself.

I'll include our little write-up about the presentation below. Would you let me know if there's anything else you can do (posters, flyers, etc.) to let Smith students know about it?

Thanks again for your help.

Regards, Adele Johnsen '02

Description: Welsh Consulting is a computer network consulting firm located in downtown Boston. Come join our informal discussion to learn more about the exciting internship opportunity we're offering to Smith students interested in network engineering and administration.

The discussion will be held on Wednesday, February 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Engineering Building. There will be a brief presentation and a Q & A session. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Donovan '00 (jen@welsh.com).

To learn more about Welsh please visit www.welsh.com.

Adele Johnsen
Welsh Consulting, Inc.
31 Milk Street, Suite 805
Boston, MA 02109
617-695-9800 Tel
617-695-0350 Fax
adele@welsh.com
www.welsh.com

[Posted Thursday 2/6/2003]


Summer Research @ Smith

Joseph O'Rourke
I seek to hire 8-10 students to work with me in the Summer of 2003 on my National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project on "Folding and Unfolding in Computational Geometry." The basic parameters of the work situation are: up to 10 wks, starting sometime after graduation (18 May), and ending sometime before 1 Aug 03. The pay is something like $3500/10wks; I don't know it precisely at this writing. Last year I was able to pay an additional $1000 lodging stipend, and I presume that will work out again. I am quite flexible on schedules: any number of workdays that fit within those basic parameters are welcome. In particular, the total work time can be much less than 10 wks. I will take a week of vacation in early July, and will be teaching a course at Smith July 14-25th, but will otherwise be here. Although I do not have funding for that many students, last year we were able to parlay Praxis Internships into full summer stipends; so that is a possibility, if you have not yet cashed your Praxis chit.

The grant funds various aspects of a project to develop and integrate my research on folding and unfolding into the school system at various levels, from grade school through graduate school. I could use help from Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or Education majors to work on different aspects of this project: Web page development, C++ programming, Java programming, research in computational geometry, development of educational modules, and so on. The more you know, the more courses you have taken, the better. But I am quite flexible, and will hire from first-year students to already-graduated seniors to graduate students.

During the last two weeks of July, as mentioned, I will be teaching a course to high school girls on this topic,

http://www.smith.edu/summerprograms/ssep/ssepabout/courses.html#folding

and those working with me will assist me in this endeavor in various ways. So there will be an educational component, as well as the research component.

Please write to me at orourke@cs.smith.edu expressing interest, by 7 February 2003, and I would be happy to provide more information. I have to make commitment decisions by 14 February (Valentine's Day!). Feel free to contact any of the students who worked with me last summer to get the *real* lowdown on the job:

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         Beenish Chaudry ,                              
         Emily Zaehring ,                            
         Heather Dyson ,                               
         Melody Donoso ,                                 
         Michiko Charley ,                           
         Monta Lertpachin ,                          
         Sonya Nikolova ,
         Teodora Nedialkova 

[Posted Saturday 2/1/2003]


Microsoft Interviews

Joseph O'Rourke
January 15th Deadline:
MICROSOFT: www.microsoft.com 
They're back!   This will be your last chance to interview on-campus with Microsoft this school year...and remember they're on the west coast, so...if you have any interest at all, it would be wise to take advantage of this!   They're recruiting for Software Test Engineer , Program Manager, Software Design Engineer, Software Design Engineer in Test.  One simple resume drop puts you in the running for all of these. You don't even have to write a cover letter for this one!  Job descriptions/etc. on E-access, as is the resume drop. 

Smith contact: Deborah Wijnhoven <DWIJNHOV@email.smith.edu>

[Posted Friday 1/10/2003]


Microsoft Scholarship

Joseph O'Rourke
Dear Engineering Scholarship Office:

Microsoft recognizes the value of a diverse workforce and is committed to hiring the best and brightest from all backgrounds.  We know that having a wide range of perspectives will enable us to continue to provide great software and services in the 21st century.  We have a scholarship program that is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in Computer Science and other related technical fields. Microsoft is excited to be offering full tuition scholarships totaling over a half million dollars for the 2003-2004 academic year. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 31, 2003.  Microsoft will contact finalists by the end of February 2003. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 21, 2003.  All recipients of the scholarship will be required to complete a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. (Microsoft reserves the right not to offer a position to the scholarship winner if an appropriate match cannot be found.) Undergraduate students from across North America will be selected in recognition of their passion for software and the ability to make a difference in the software industry.  We request that you forward the information about the scholarships to students at your school that fit the criteria and might be interested in applying.  For your convenience, you can send students to http://www.microsoft.com/college/scholarships for application information.  I've also attached the same information to this email as a Word document so that you can post it on your bulletin boards.  Please contact scholars@microsoft.com or me directly with any additional questions you may have.

Sincerely,
Anne Cheng
Sr. Recruiting Coordinator
Microsoft Scholarship Program for 2003-2004 School Year
www.microsoft.com/college/scholarships

Program Overview Microsoft is committed to building great software and services. To do that, we need a wide range of great perspectives. Our scholarships are designed to encourage students to pursue studies in computer science and related technical disciplines.

Microsoft is excited to be offering full tuition scholarships totaling over a half million dollars for the 2003-2004 academic year. Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2003. At Microsoft, we want to encourage students from groups currently under-represented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees. While all candidates who meet the criteria for eligibility described below may apply, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, under-represented minority students or students with disabilities. Minority applicants must be a member of one of the following groups under-represented in the software field: African American, Hispanic or Native American. Microsoft will review all applications and select recipients on the basis of eligibility, quality of application, interest in the software industry and financial need.  Finalists will be contacted by March 1, 2003. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 21, 2003. What are the provisions of the award? Scholarships are awarded to recipients for one academic year. The scholarship will cover 100 percent of the tuition for the 2003-2004 academic year as posted by the financial aid office of the university or college. The scholarships are made through the designated school and are not transferable to other academic institutions. The funds are to be used for tuition only and may not be used for other costs on the recipient's bursar bill.

All recipients of the scholarship will be required to complete a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. (Microsoft reserves the right not to offer a position to the scholarship winner if an appropriate match cannot be found.)

What are the criteria for scholarship eligibility? Students must be enrolled full-time and making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline, such as math or physics, with a demonstrated interest in computer science. Because the scholarship is merit based, the student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0. What is required to apply? A complete application includes four items:  your résumé, transcript, essay questions and letter of referral.  There is not a separate application form to submit in addition to the above materials. Résumé. Enclose a copy of your résumé that includes your e-mail address, campus address and phone number, student ID number, permanent address and phone number, major and expected graduation date. Transcript. Enclose a copy of your current academic transcript. Essay Questions. Use one page to answer all four of the following essay questions (not one page per question). -       Describe how you demonstrate your passion for technology outside the classroom. -       Describe the toughest technical problem you've worked on, how you addressed the problem, your role in reaching the outcome, if it was team-based, and the final outcome. -       Describe a situation which demonstrates initiative and your willingness to go above and beyond. -       Describe how you are currently funding your college education. Letter of referral. Enclose a letter of referral from a faculty member or an academic advisor who knows your work. Gender/Ethnicity/Disability (optional). Please note your gender , ethnicity or disability on the page with your essay questions if you would like that information to be considered with your application. Please send your completed application to:

Microsoft Scholarship Program
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-8303

[Posted Thursday 1/9/2003]


Brown Summer Research

Joseph O'Rourke
Time: Tuesday, 19 November, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: EGR Bldg. Room 201

Pizza Lunch!

Dear Computer Science Students and Faculty,

Tomorrow there will be a talk by Dr. Iris Bahar on *summer research opportunities* in computer engineering at Brown University. She will also speak about the graduate program in computer engineering at Brown.

Iris Bahar is an Associate Professor at Brown University's Division of engineering. Her research interests include computer architecture, computer-aided design for electronic design automation, and nano-computing. Her particular emphasis within these areas is on high-performance and low-power design techniques. Prof. Bahar holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.