Preparing a Competitive Application for Graduate School and External Fellowships
This session will provide information, examples, and strategies for how to prepare a competitive application for graduate school and external fellowships. The session will address questions such as: What should you write in the personal / research statement? What should you highlight in your resume? Should you take the GRE? Who and how should you ask for letters of recommendation? How are applications reviewed? Should you contact professors at the schools you are applying? How important is prior participation in research? Do awards (e.g., CRA Undergraduate Research Award) matter?
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working broadly in the area of computer architecture. I hold affiliate appointments in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois.
I lead the ARCANA Research Group, where we explore several aspects of designing data-centric computer architectures and systems. I am particularly interested in processing-in-memory, introducing interactions between different levels of the compute stack that allow the levels to cooperate with each other, and architectures for emerging platforms and application domains.
Prior to joining Illinois, I was a postdoc and then a systems scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CMU, working in the SAFARI Research Group led by Prof. Onur Mutlu. Before moving to CMU, I was a graduate student in the M3 Architecture Group, which is part of the Computer Systems Laboratory at Cornell University. At Cornell, I designed efficient, high-performance memory systems for multicore architectures.