A consortium of folks have started a fellowship that would support a starving grad student (perhaps a bicyclist!) at the University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering. It’s named, aptly enough, “The Pastry Powered T(o)uring Machines Endowed Fellowship in Computer Science and Engineering.”
Fellowships are an important tool for the department to help them recruit and retain the “best and brightest” graduate students. Having exceptional graduate students in the program causes a ripple effect that touches every aspect of excellence in CSE from the Freshman experience to faculty research. A fund that has $600,000 will fund a student for 9 months of the year. A fund that has $1,000,000 will fund a student for a whole year. Do we expect to get to either of those numbers this year? It would (of course) be nice…. but more importantly there’s the 50% match.
50% match? Well…
Part of what inspired us to establish the fellowship *now* is that UW is offering a 50% match for all gifts applied toward new endowments for student support (i.e for $100 donated, UW matches $50). The 50% match ends on June 30, 2008. Any amount that you pledge by June 30, 2008 will receive the 50% match. You can take five years to pay off the pledge. If you would like to make a gift right away, you can visit http://pptm.cs.washington.edu and make a gift on-line. Or you can contact Rise at UW CSE.
As of 6/17/08 we have $199,000 for sure….but we’re probably really at $219,000!
So please, if you’re considering giving to UW at all, think about donating to the fund before June 30 so we can get the match!