Friday, October 28, 2011

Opp: Join us for the 2012 Google GRAD CS Forum!

Looks like a great opportunity. Open to non-citizens and masters students, deadline nov 14. Abstract only. 

Google Student Blog
We are happy to announce that the 2012 GRAD CS Forum application is now open!

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encouraging students of underrepresented backgrounds in technology to pursue graduate study, we are pleased to host the 2012 Google Graduate Researchers in Academia of Diverse backgrounds (GRAD) CS Forum. This forum will bring together students who are historically underrepresented in the field to connect with one another and with Google.


January 2010 brought the launch of the initial Google Graduate Researchers in Academia of Diverse backgrounds (GRAD) CS Forum. Over 70 students from universities across North America came together to meet Googler developers and researchers to discuss topics ranging from security, to databases, and machine learning.

During the second day, researchers mapped out their own research topics during the “unconference” style portion.

The 2012 GRAD CS Forum will invite up to 75 computer scientists to an all-expenses paid forum that will run Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon on January 18–20 at Google’s offices in Mountain View, CA and San Francisco, CA.

The Google GRAD CS Forum will include technical talks from established researchers – both from Google and universities – and a unique occasion to build and strengthen networks with other emerging researchers. Students will also enjoy tours of the Googleplex, have the opportunity to meet with Google engineers in their focus areas, and have fun exploring the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must:
  • be a computer science (or related technical discipline) graduate student currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD program at a university in North America
  • demonstrate academic excellence and leadership in the computing field
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 4.3 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program
How to Apply
Applicants will be asked to provide:
  • a current copy of your resume
  • unofficial or official copies of your transcripts from both your undergraduate and graduate degree-granting institutions
  • brief thesis abstract or description of your current research (500 words or less)
Please note that recommendation letters are not required.

The forum is open to all qualified graduate students, and is committed to addressing diversity in our company and in the technology industry. Students who are a member of a group that is historically under-represented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply, including women, Native American, African American and Hispanic students as well as students with disabilities.

Please send any questions directly to We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Apply today!

Posted by Liz Arnold, University Programs Specialist

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