Monday, December 1, 2008

About CRA Outstanding Undergrad Award

Late last night, I received word that I have been selected as an Honorable Mention for the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award! Wohoo! I wasn't expecting that really, since it's a competition against the wunderchild seniors at Princeton, MIT, CMU, UCB, Harvard etc. Luckily every school can only nominate 2 male and 2 females :)

Also, congratulations to Rob Gevers, the other honorable mention from Purdue CS. Rob and I were the lone CS presenters at last year's Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, and he won an award there as well. It is a strange coincidence that our advisors are married and got two honorable mentions.

Here's the email. The full list will be posted on the CRA website later this week.

TO: Brian Burg

FROM: CRA Undergraduate Award Selection Committee 2009
Dick Waters, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (Chair)
Geoff Keunning (Harvey Mudd College)
Clement Lam (Concordia University)
David Novick (University of Texas, El Paso)
Lynn Stein (Olin College)

CC: Department Chair and Nominators

We are very pleased to inform you that you have been selected for Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for 2009. Congratulations! Your award will be forwarded to you early in the New Year.

This year's nominees were a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several were authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others had made presentations at major conferences, and some had produced software artifacts that were in widespread use. Many of our nominees had been involved in successful summer research or internship programs, many had been teaching assistants, tutors, or mentors, and a number had significant involvement in community volunteer efforts. It is quite an honor to be selected for Honorable Mention from this group.

A list of the winners, runners-up, finalists, and honorable mentions appears below. A copy of the announcement as it will appear in the January 2009 issue of Computing Research News will be posted on CRA's website ( later this week.

On behalf of the Computing Research Association, we are pleased to have you as a member of the computing research community, and wish you the best for the future.

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