Student gets Google scholarship

Student gets Google scholarship


UGA graduate student Jennifer Rouan (BS ’12) received the 2013 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, an award that honors its namesake by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology.

Borg was a computer scientist who devoted her life to revolutionizing perceptions of technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. The Google scholarship—worth $10,000 for the 2013-14 academic year—also encourages women to become active role models and leaders in these fields.

Rouan served in the U.S. Air Force from 2004-2008 and worked in network intelligence. She attended UGA on the GI Bill, and after completing her bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2012, she joined the master’s program in the fall of 2012.

Through her expertise with CUDA, a parallel computing platform and programming model invented by the NVIDIA Corporation, Rouan is conducting research on developing parallel algorithms for solving problems that model water waves and optical fiber communications systems. She manages the UGA CUDA Teaching Center, funded by NVIDIA, and has presented three workshops on teaching CUDA for the university community since April 2012.

Rouan also was selected for the 2013 Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship, but chose the Borg award because she could only accept one.