Two of the eight graduate students receiving 2016-17 Rice Special Endowed Fellowships are enrolled in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University.
Kuldeep Meel, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in computer science, received one of five Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowships, and Samantha Paulsen, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in bioengineering (BioE), received the Nettie S. Autrey Fellowship.
The Vaughan Fellowship is given annually by the Rice Graduate Council to students who display “evidence of outstanding achievement and promise.” Five awards are presented each year, one in social sciences, one in humanities and three in any discipline. The amount varies but typically totals about $16,000.
In March, Meel received an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship for his work in constrained sampling and counting, two fundamental problems in artificial intelligence with applications to probabilistic reasoning and computer-aided verification. His doctoral adviser is Moshe Vardi, Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.
The Autrey Fellowship is given each year by the Graduate Council to a graduate student in science or engineering who demonstrates “outstanding achievement and promise,” and carries an award of $13,500. Paulsen is a researcher in the Physiological Systems and Advanced Materials lab under Jordan Miller, assistant professor of BioE.