Research Management Group (RMG)

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science

Limited program-only two applicants are permitted-this webpage contains the university-wide internal selection process. This award is for a graduate student who has completed two, three or four years at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education. A track record of outstanding results in theoretical computer science is the key criterion.

# of applicants from the university: 2 (see internal submission guidelines below)

Timeline:
Internal deadline: Jan. 11, 2014, 5 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines below)
Sponsor deadline: Feb. 12, 2014 via proposal central by Stanford representative


Sponsor's guidelines >>

Eligibility:
To be eligible, the applicant must be a graduate student who has completed two, three or four years at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education.
A track record of outstanding results in theoretical computer science is the key criterion.
There are no citizenship requirements.

A mount of funding:
Simons Award for Graduate Students is awarded for a period of two years for up to $24,000 per year. An awardee must be a graduate student for the duration of the award. Each award will provide support for the following:


Purpose:

The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for the Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science program. These awards will be made to graduate students with an outstanding track record of research accomplishments.

Theoretical computer science is unique in that graduate students working independently produce some of the best results in the field. With the Simons Award for Graduate Students, the foundation seeks to identify and support these emerging stars by providing additional support to enable them to freely pursue their research interests. The award is not intended to replace the regular academic-year support of these outstanding students.

The intent of the program is to support graduate students who have already produced outstanding results.

Internal submission guidelines

By Jan. 11, 2014, 5 p.m. please submit one PDF file containing the following (in the order listed below) to:

Mary Jane Swenson
Computer Science Department
mswenson@cs.stanford.edu

Format: should be typewritten, single-spaced and in typeface no smaller than 10-point font. Margins, in all directions, must be at least ½ inch
PDF File name: Last name_ Simons_Grad_Student_Computer_Sci.pdf
Note: You do not have to submit your internal proposal through your institutional representative.

(The following internal proposal items #2, #3 and #4, are based on the sponsor's guidelines)

1) Title page
Name of this RFA: The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science program
Applicant (PI): Name, Graduate Program Program, address, phone, email, applicant’s website, if applicable.
Advisor: Name, title, department, address, phone, email

2) Thesis Topic: Provide a brief summary of the student’s thesis topic.

3) Two Letters of support
1. from your faculty advisor
2. from a Reference Outside the Student’s Institution

4) A research statement (2-page limit) summarizing the applicant’s research contributions, research plans for the immediate future, and career goals. References do not need to be included within the page limit but should not exceed an additional page.

5) Nominee's curriculum vitae (2-page limit) that includes institution, advisor and a list of publications.


Selection process

Your proposals will be reviewed by the Computer Science Department internal review committee. They will select the two applicants to represent Stanford.


Contact Person
Mary Jane Swenson
Faculty Administrator
Computer Science Department
353 Serra Mall, Gates 279
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-9025
Phone: 650-723-0748
Fax: 650-725-7411

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