USC computer science students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Prescribed fires, also known as prescribed burns, are common in today’s volatile climate as a way minimize wildfire risk. But how do experts decide when to intentionally set vegetation on fire? 

Emily Nguyen, a Ph.D. student studying computer science, received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) award for her research in deep generative models focusing on wildfire prevention.  

Fellow computer science Ph.D. student, James Flemings, received the NSF GRFP award for his work addressing the privacy-utility tradeoff in machine learning. 

NSF has funded more than 60,000 graduate research fellowships dating back to 1952. Fellowship awardees receive a three-year annual stipend of $37,000 and a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees. More than 70% of students in the GRFP complete their doctorates within 11 years; 42 fellows have become Nobel laureates and at least 450 have been named members of the National Academy of Sciences. 

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