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NVIDIA Launches 10th Annual Graduate Research Program


Company to Provide $250,000 in Grants for Computing Research

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2010 Nvidia Graduate Fellowship Award winners (left to right in the photo):
Albert Sidelnik, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Henry Cook, UC Berkeley.
Michael Bauer, Stanford University.
Nicolas Pinto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bill Dally, NVIDIA Chief Scientist.
Anjul Patney, UC Davis.
Debapriya Chatterjee, University of Michigan.
Duane Merrill, University of Virginia.
Huy T. Vo, University of Utah.

Not pictured: Toshiya Hachisuka, UC San Diego.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Nov. 16, 2010—NVIDIA today kicked off its 10th Annual Graduate Fellowship Program to fund work that helps solve complex visual computing challenges. Up to ten selected Ph.D. students will receive individual grants of US $25,000 for research that advances parallel computing and graphics processing.

The program is open to applicants worldwide starting today. All applications must be received by Feb. 3, 2011. Winners will be announced in April, 2011. Eligibility criteria include completion of the first year of doctorate-level studies in computer architecture, computer science, electrical engineering, high-performance computing, scientific computing or a related area. Applicants must be a member of an active research team. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit // or email

“The world faces huge challenges today in computing, science and medicine,” said Bill Dally, chief scientist at NVIDIA. “The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program provides funding for research that will lead to major advances in graphics and high-performance computing, which can accelerate critical research in fields ranging from cancer research to energy exploration.”

In addition to receiving funding for their research, award recipients will also have access to NVIDIA® technology and programming talent.

Nicolas Pinto, a grant recipient over each of the past two years, said “The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Award helped accelerate our research efforts at MIT and Harvard on developing computational theories of how the visual cortex recognizes objects. Our work led to the development of some of today’s most promising large-scale object and face recognition systems. I strongly encourage any graduate student in computer science or neuroscience to apply for one of these grants.”

Since its inception in 2002, the NVIDIA Fellowship program has awarded more than $2 million to over 84 Ph.D. research students.

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About NVIDIA Research
NVIDIA Research has a variety of initiatives and programs aimed at advancing visual, parallel and mobile computing. These include funding and board donations for university research projects through professor partnerships and graduate fellowships; working with faculty to develop curriculum, providing access to developer forums, pre-released tools and drivers through NVIDIA’s Developer Relations Program; and providing free online access to some of NVIDIA’s award-winning books and coursework. Current work being done by the group spans many domains that include: realistic rendering, ray tracing, physical simulation, scientific computing, computational photography, programming languages and systems, computer architecture, and VLSI circuits. NVIDIA Research is led by the company’s chief scientist, Dr. Bill Dally. For more information, please visit

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from tablets and portable media players to notebooks and workstations. NVIDIA's expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. The company holds more than 1,600 patents worldwide, including ones covering designs and insights that are essential to modern computing. For more information, see

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