Computer science student earns $100,000 NSF Research Fellowship

Monday, June 01, 2009

Recent University of Tulsa graduate Frank Grove, a computer science major from Tulsa, has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship worth more than $100,000.

Grove joins two other TU computer science majors in 2009 NSF awards: Nathan Brooks received his NSF fellowship earlier this spring and Matt Matlock was named an NSF honorable mention.

“I truly cannot hide my excitement and elation at this news,” said Sandip Sen, professor of computer science. “It has been my privilege to work with all three of these outstanding and proactive students and I wish them continued success in their academic and life endeavors.”

Grove, Matlock and Sen recently returned from the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems held in Budapest, Hungary, where Grove and Matlock presented their work to the leading researchers in the technical community.

Grove will use his NSF Fellowship to attend TU for a master's degree in computer science. Because of his advanced undergraduate work, he plans on finishing his master’s in just one year. He intends to use the remaining NSF fellowship to fund his doctoral degree at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech or Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While an undergraduate at TU, Grove’s academic research centered on multiagent systems – an area of study that explores how artificial intelligence entities (like robots or software programs) interact autonomously to achieve specific goals.

His work benefited from participation in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, an innovative program that funds undergraduate research, provides faculty mentors and encourages community service. Grove also presented his work at the 2008 and 2009 TU Student Research Colloquium, published two papers at the 2009 Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems conference, and placed third in the 2008 Agent Reputation and Trust (ART) Competition.

NSF Graduate Research Fellows receive an annual $30,000 stipend, $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, $1,000 one time international travel allowance, and TeraGrid Supercomputer access. TeraGrid is the world's largest, most comprehensive distributed cyber infrastructure for open scientific research.

With his NSF Fellowship, Grove joins a growing list of TU students who have earned nationally competitive scholarships. Since 1995, TU students have received 44 Goldwater, 8 Truman, 4 Marshall, and 6 Udall scholarships; and 29 National Science Foundation, 7 Department of Defense, 7 Fulbright and 8 Phi Kappa Phi fellowships.

Amethyst Cavallaro