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Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)

Doctoral Fellowships in Computer Science:

Next-Generation Science and Practice of Software Engineering

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and The University of Alabama

All positions for the 2011-2012 academic year have been filled.

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Software is ubiquitous in society and a critical part of the Nation’s infrastructure. However, the ever-increasing size and complexity of modern software systems present challenges that the current generation of software engineering techniques and tools do not address efficiently or effectively. The result is that faults pervade our software infrastructure and threaten the livelihood and security of our Nation. A new generation of software engineering --- one that is science-based and has direct links to practice --- is needed, as is an influx of diverse students who are capable of assuming leadership positions in software engineering research and education.

We are seeking applications to join our research group from prospective Ph.D. students who plan to specialize in software engineering. Applicants for the 2010–2011 or 2011–2012 academic year who also meet the eligibility criteria may apply for a GAANN Doctoral Fellowship. Selected fellows enroll in a specialized curriculum, participate in a teacher education program, conduct basic research in software engineering, and conduct applied research in a production environment. Each Fellow is eligible for up to three years of service-free support followed by up to two years as a GRA/GTA for the Department, for a total of no more than five years of support.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicant must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a new Ph.D. student in CS at UA
  • Plan to specialize in software engineering
  • Have an outstanding academic record
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Plan to pursue a career in teaching and research
Participant will receive:
  • Stipend of up to $30,000 per year
  • Tuition and health insurance
  • Laptop and other computing equipment
  • Travel to research conferences
  • Professional society dues
  • Books and other research supplies

Potential Research Topics
  • Software Maintenance & Evolution
  • Program Comprehension
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Model-Driven Engineering
  • Mining Software Repositories
  • SE for Computational Science

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The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, is the first university in the state, founded in 1831, and is the largest institution in the state, enrolling over 30,000 students. In Fall 2010 the University is ranked 34th among national public universities by U.S. News and World Report, its 10th consecutive year in the top 50. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University as a research university with high research activity.

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