Funded by a fellowship from the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Distributed Mentor Project, senior Allison Heath will spend her summer working side-by-side with Professor Lydia Kavraki and members of the Physical and Biological Computing Group.
"Competition was fierce this year," said Kavraki. "Allison was selected among a large pool of extremely qualified applicants for the CRA-W Award. This speaks very highly of her qualifications and hard work."
For her project, Allison will focus on the development of computational tools to assist in the process of phamaceutical drug design. By developing more effective computational tools, the duration of the drug design process can be shortened, thereby reducing costs.
Through the Distributed Mentor Project, the CRA strives to increase the number of women entering graduate school in computer science and computer engineering.
"I hope that in the future more of our undergraduate women will apply for the CRA-W Fellowship," Kavraki said. "It is a wonderful opportunity to spend a summer doing research in close collaboration with a female faculty member at a U.S. institution. The experience has affected the life and career of many young women so far. It has given them a glimpse of the research and academic process that can be invaluable in deciding whether to go to graduate school or not."
May 12, 2003