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Facebook Selects 12 Fellows for 2012-2013

Facebook has selected 12 winners, more than doubling the number from previous years, for the 2012-2013 Facebook Fellowship Program.

Each winner will receive full payment of their tuition for the 2012-2013 school year, a $30,000 expense stipend, $5,000 for conference travel, $2,500 for a computer, and an invitation to visit Facebook and speak with engineers working on problems related to the winner's individual research interests.

Launched in 2010, the program seeks "to foster ties to the academic community and support the research of promising computer science Ph.D. students," according to information released by the company. "Since then, our Fellows have shown remarkable progress in their study of computer security, compiler technology, distributed systems, machine learning, and more."

This year's winners include:

  • Jeremy Andrus of Columbia University for his research on mobile computing and virtualization;
  • University of California at Berkeley's Mosharaf Chowdhury for his work on networking and cloud computing;
  • John Duchi, also of Berkeley, for his research into machine learning;
  • Berkeley's Rashmi Korlakai Vinayak, who is studying distributed storage systems and how they're encoded;
  • Tyler Harter from the University of Wisconsin, Madison won for his research on storage systems;
  • The University of Washington's (UW) Jeff Huang for his work in search;
  • Adrian Sampson, also of UW, for his research in computer architecture and programming languages;
  • Heontaek Lim of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) won for his work on distributed systems;
  • CMU's Michelle Mazurek won for her work in computer security;
  • Gregory Malecha of Harvard for his research on programming language technology;
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Emily Stark for her work on computer security; and
  • Jean Yang, also of MIT, for her research on programming languages and computer security.

More information about the winners and their research is available at Visit for more information about the fellowship program, including applicant requirements and instructions on how to apply.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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