Google Announces Research Award Winners

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-08-14 Print this article Print

"Located in our South Carolina data center, the Computer Science Teaching Fellows is a two-year postgraduate fellowship for new [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] STEM teachers and [Computer Science] CS graduates," wrote Fadjo. "The goal is to bring computer science and computational thinking to all children, especially under-represented minorities and girls, and close the gap between the ever-increasing demand in CS and the inadequate supply. We hope to learn what really works and scale those best practices regionally and then nationally."

One problem the program seeks to address is a deficiency in the number of CS students in U.S. colleges and universities, he wrote. "This prompted the development of several programs and activities to start raising awareness about the demand and opportunities for computer scientists, and to spark the interest of K-12 students in CS."

The Google teaching Fellows "will be testing after-school programs, classroom curriculum and online CS programs to determine what works and why," wrote Fadjo. "They'll start in the local Charleston (South Carolina) area and then spread the best programs and curriculum to South Carolina, Georgia, [and] North Carolina (where we also have large data centers). They are currently preparing programs for the fall semester."

Google has made a point of creating programs that foster innovation and ideas in technology around the world.

In June, Google announced the recipients of its 2013 Ph.D. Fellowship program, which the search giant promotes as a way to gain new insights and innovations from some of the best minds in colleges and universities around the world. Google launched its Ph.D. Fellowship Program in 2009 as a way of recognizing and supporting outstanding graduate students who were pursuing work in computer science, related disciplines or promising research areas.

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 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.


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