Google Award 39 Ph.D. Fellowships in Computer Science
"We welcome the latest recipients of the Global Google Ph.D. Fellowships for 2013 with great excitement and high expectations," wrote Rennaker. "Recognized for their incredible innovation, creativity and leadership, we are very happy to support these excellent Ph.D. students and offer our sincere congratulations." A previous winner, 2009 Ph.D. Fellow Roxana Geambasu, Visiting Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University, was interviewed in Rennaker's post and said that the experience helped lay the foundation for her academic career. "Beyond the financial support, I think that the fellowship impacted my career in many important ways," Geambasu told Rennaker. "First, the Google fellowships are regarded as highly competitive, so receiving the award was probably a big plus on my resume when I was interviewing for faculty positions. Second, the award yielded a mentor within Google, Brad Chen, with whom I've kept in touch ever since, as well as opportunities to visit the campus, deliver talks and meet Google engineers." The Google Fellowship also continues to expose her "to new people from Google and gain valuable advice about faculty award opportunities," she told Rennaker.In February, Google sought applicants for its sixth annual Google Policy Fellowship Program, which brings interested college and university students together to spend their summers immersed in the world of Internet policy as Google Policy Fellows. Also in February, Google awarded its first-ever Google App Engine Research Awards to seven projects that will use the App Engine platform's abilities to work with large data sets for academic and scientific research. The new program, which was announced in the spring of 2012, brought in many proposals for a wide variety of scientific research, including in subject areas such as mathematics, computer vision, bioinformatics, climate and computer science. Google's Summer of Code contest is in its ninth year this summer. The program has involved some 6,000 college and university students from more than 100 countries since its start in 2005.
Google has made a point of creating programs that foster innovation and ideas in technology around the world.