Monday, March 30, 2009

I have been named a Goldwater Scholar!

(BULLETIN: drop your papers and coffee!)

The Goldwater Foundation finally released its list of 2009 Goldwater Scholars, and I am very honored to be on the list!

Official Press Release
2009 Scholars

As I only woke up a few hours ago, it has yet to really sink in that after more than a year and a half of applying, all of that work has finally come to fruition. From here, I am not sure what will happen; at the least, I suppose I will be recognized at the university-wide honors convocation, as well as the College of Science and Computer Science equivalents. My house representative Carl Levin is on the Goldwater committee, so I may be hearing from my congressman soon. *nervous chuckle*

A sincere thanks to all of the letter writers, advisers, admin staff, and most importantly the professors who have been patient with me in my short academic career.

(we now return to the regularly scheduled programming of paper reading)

EDIT: Posted on the homepage of CS Department. Yes I know my hair looks silly, get over it.

Making sense of the (functional) world

I stumbled across the original "Lambda the Ultimate" papers by Sussman and Steele and the effect produced from reading them is profound. It is as if someone suddenly lit a huge halogen floodlight into an enormous black cavern. :)

More seriously, several topics such as continuations, continuation-passing-style (CPS) and the compilation of functional languages make about 100 times more sense now. Hopefully I can get back on track and read what I was *supposed* to be reading before the research meeting on Wednesday..

Friday, March 27, 2009

Lack of updates

Still no word on the Goldwater application. I would have guessed that it would come by end of day Friday, but apparently not.

Expect a research post in the next week.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Awaiting awards..

I have received notification that I will be receiving an award (likely a corporate partner-sponsored scholarship) at the Purdue CS Awards Banquet in early April.

Also, by that time, I will have definitely learned my Goldwater award status.