Three students working in a computer science lab together looking at a segway robot.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the recipients of its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP) for 2024, and students from the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences (CNS) have been prominently recognized. This year, four Computer Science students were honored with fellowships or honorable mentions, highlighting their outstanding contributions and potential in various cutting-edge research areas.

Fellowship Recipients

  • Leo Orshansky, undergraduate student - Unconventional Computing, Quantum Computing
  • Stephane Hatgis-Kessell, undergraduate - Artificial Intelligence

Honorable Mentions

  • Arthur King Zhang, graduate student - Robotics
  • Jason Ho, graduate student - Computer Architecture
  • Jacob L. Block, graduate student - Machine Learning

College-Wide Recognition

Aside from the accomplishments within the Computer Science department, a total of six undergraduate students and nine graduate students across various departments within the College of Natural Sciences were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Additionally, two undergraduates and twelve graduate students received honorable mentions. These awardees represent a broad spectrum of research fields, including Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Marine Science, and Astronomy.

In total, 15 students from seven different departments within CNS were honored with fellowships, underscoring the diverse and high-caliber research being conducted at The University of Texas at Austin.

About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF GRFP is a highly competitive program that supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $37,000 along with a $16,000 cost-of-education allowance, providing significant support to pursue their research at any accredited U.S. graduate institution.

These fellowships not only recognize the exceptional talents and research potential of the students but also contribute to the advancement of knowledge and technological innovation critical to the nation's economic and social well-being. The achievements of the Computer Science students, along with their peers from other departments, highlight the University of Texas at Austin's role as a leader in scientific research and education.

Adapted from an announcement by the College of Natural Sciences.