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Computer Science Ph.D. students Connor Gramazio and Mark Leiserson recently received fellowships from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, a prestigious and highly competitive program.

Connor Gramzaio is interested in researching interactive visualization, and how such systems can be used to explore and analyze the ever-increasing amount of data that surround us. He is currently developing a new indexing method for geospatial-temporal data to improve the scalability and efficiency of interactive visualization of such datasets. Connor will be advised by David Laidlaw.

Mark (Max) Leiserson is currently a PhD student in the department’s Center for Computational Biology. He is working in the field of cancer genomics, investigating the differences in the DNA of normal and cancerous cells and is advised by Ben Raphael.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships provide three years of support leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Awards are granted based on previous research experience, the proposed plan of research, and the student’s ability to make a “broader impact” in their program of study in terms of educational, industrial, and societal relevance. NSF Fellows are expected to become experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

Since 1952, NSF has funded 43,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants.