Schlumberger has awarded Anne Christian, a junior in Associate Professor Lydia Kavraki's Physical Computing Group, a $5,000 scholarship for the 2002-2003 academic year.
Schlumberger, a member of the department's Corporate Affiliates Program, awarded the scholarship based on Christian's academic achievement and interest in computer engineering.
Under the direction of Kavraki, Christian also completed a summer internship in 2002 as part of the Distributed Mentor Project sponsored by the Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W).
"Annie has been very aggressive in seeking research experiences from very early on, and I was very happy to see her earning a CRA-W fellowship, and later a Schlumberger scholarship," Kavraki said. "She worked hard and with diligence over the summer, and her work was instrumental in the advancement of our project. She was, and still is, a very active participant in all our group activities. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have her in our group."
For her internship, Christian worked with graduate student Brian Chen on a computer program that compares protein structures. "My project involved finding known functional sites in proteins of unknown function," Christian explained. "The identification of a functional site determines the role of the particular protein. Ideally this type of program will one day be able to compare a protein of known structure and functionality to one of unknown functionality and determine the functionally significant amino acids in the latter protein's sequence."
Christian is a founding member of CSters, the Rice Society for Women in Computer Science. The organization provides a support network for women in the computer science.
February 11, 2003