Mary Hudachek-Buswell, a computer science professor in the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences at Clayton State University, and two Clayton State undergraduate students, both rising juniors, Esmeralda Duenas (Atlanta) and Christina Gardner (Peachtree City), have been awarded a $17,000 Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) grant by the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). The grant includes academic year and summer stipends for both students, conference travel expenses, and additional funds for the students to attend the Fall 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
The award is based on a 24-page proposal, written by Hudachek-Buswell and the two students, entitled “Blur Models Suitable for Representation by Hierarchical Structured Matrices in Image Reconstruction.” They were recently notified of the award via a letter from Andrea Danyluk, of the Department of Computer Science at Williams (Mass.) College, and the CREU program co-director.
The general project description of their proposal states, “Students entering graduate school in computer science are rarely prepared for the task of identifying and solving an open problem. To successfully conquer this, the students must be educated on computer science research methods, research document interpretation, result analysis, and the overall effect of research.” In effect, the project that has been set up is to teach the students how to effectively and efficiently do research, so that they will have a greater chance of succeeding in graduate school. The specific area of investigation will involve computational image processing of satellite images that have been degraded by atmospheric turbulence and additive noise.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing honors Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a mathematician, computer science pioneer, social scientist, systems designer, programmer and rear admiral in the United States Navy. These events invite thousands of women together to celebrate the contributions of women in computing, to present research and to have an opportunity to network with other women in the field and are designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. The Fall 2010 conference was held in Atlanta, with Hudachek-Buswell serving as the local chair.