Six Rice CS PhD students win Ken Kennedy Institute Graduate Fellowship Program Awards

Rice CS' fellowship recipients are supported by bp, SLB, Shell, Andrew Ladd Memorial Excellence in Computer Science, and the Ken Kennedy-Cray Inc. endowment

K2I PhD CS Grad Fellows

The Ken Kennedy Institute’s annual graduate fellowship program awarded $65,000 to nine Rice graduate students in four departments within the George R. Brown School of Engineering. Six of the recipients are PhD students in the Department of Computer Science.

Recipients use fellowship awards to further research pursuits, attend conferences, travel, and develop networking relationships in industry. Past recipients have spent summers as research interns with sponsoring companies. An important aspect of the fellowships is presenting research at Ken Kennedy Institute’s annual Energy High Performance Computing Conference, a gathering of 500 leaders and experts in high performance computing, computational science and engineering, machine learning, and data science.

With the support of industry, the Energy HPC Conference, and nominating departments (for recruiting fellowships), the Ken Kennedy Institute has awarded $1.6 million to 188 students since 2001. The 2022-23 graduate fellowships are supported by bpExxonMobilSLBShell, the Scott Morton Memorial (provided by the Energy HPC Conference), Andrew Ladd Memorial Excellence in Computer Science, and the Ken Kennedy-Cray Inc. endowment.

We congratulate the following computer science fellowship recipients for 2022-2023:

  • Paola Cascante-Bonilla: SLB, $7,500

  • Aditya Desai: Shell, $7,500

  • Yumeng Liu: bp, $7,500

  • Zichang (Emma) Liu: bp, $7,500

  • Nicolae Sapoval: Andrew Ladd Memorial Excellence in Computer Science, $5,000

  • Guanchu Wang: Ken Kennedy-Cray, $7,500

Sapoval's fellowship was made possible by the Andrew Ladd Memorial Excellence Fund in Computer Science. In honor of the late Dr. Andrew Ladd, this fund was established by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Ladd, his sister Ms. Kelly Ladd, and his widow Dr. Fumiko Chino. Ladd excelled in his studies at Rice University and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Read more about the Andrew Ladd Fellowship and Ladd's work.

A full list of the Ken Kennedy Institute's graduate fellowships can be found on their website

Author: Ken Kennedy Institute