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Google Announces Winners of 2014 Google Ph.D. Fellowships

The Google computer science fellowship program, in its sixth year, rewards graduate students around the world for their innovative and compelling research.

Google has announced the names of 38 graduate students from around the world who have been selected as the winners of the 2014 Google Ph.D. Fellowships.

The new Fellows were announced in a June 18 post by David Harper of the Google research programs team, on the Google Research Blog.

"Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google," wrote Harper. "These students, recognized for their incredible creativity, knowledge and skills, represent some of the most outstanding graduate researchers in computer science across the globe. We're excited to support them, and we extend our warmest congratulations."

Fourteen of this year's fellowship winners are in the United and States and Canada. They are David Lo of Stanford University, Energy Efficient Computing; Tony Nowatzki of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Computer Architecture; Guillaume Basse of Harvard University, Statistics; Vincent Liu of the University of Washington, Networking; Robert Gens of the University of Washington, Deep Learning; Peggy Chi of the University of California, Berkeley, Human Computer Interaction; Gabriel Reyes of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Wearable Computing; Hema Koppula of Cornell University, Machine Perception; Craig Chasseur of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Structured Data; Zakir Durumeric of the University of Michigan, Security; Mohammad Norouzi of the University of Toronto, Machine Learning; Carl Doersch of Carnegie Mellon University, Computer Vision; Vahid Liaghat of the University of Maryland, Market Algorithms; and Ohad Fried of Princeton University, Graphics.

Two winners are from Australia, while four were chosen in China and 15 selected in Europe.

Google's Ph.D. Fellowship program is aimed at Ph.D. students in computer science or closely related fields, according to Google. The program, now in its sixth year, covers North America, Europe, China, India and Australia. Google has so far awarded 193 fellowships in 72 universities across 17 countries.

Google has long been active in offering fellowship and awards programs to encourage innovation and new thinking.

In August 2013, Google named the winners of 105 Google Research Awards for computer science projects that will be conducted by graduate students around the world.

Google also offers a 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.

In February 2013, Google awarded its first 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 subjects such as mathematics, computer vision, bioinformatics, climate and computer science.