CSE Student Selected as Microsoft Research Graduate Women Scholar

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February 9, 2011

Lacey Best-Rowden, a first-year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), has been selected to receive a Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship. She is one of 10 winners from across the United States and Canada.

This prestigious award, sponsored by Microsoft Research of Redmond, Wash., is a one-year scholarship for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing PhDs. The program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies and includes $15,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year and a $2,000 conference and travel allowance.

Best-Rowden, from Lansing, Mich., has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Alma College. Her area of research for her PhD is algorithms and theory with applications in computer networking. She chose MSU and the CSE department because she believed they best suited her interests. “The professors at MSU were committed to providing the best care for their graduate students out of all the schools I considered,” says Best-Rowden.

“We are extremely proud of Lacey,” says Eric Torng, associate professor of computer science and engineering and Best-Rowden’s adviser. “This is a very competitive and prestigious fellowship, and Lacey is a most-deserving recipient.”