Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship

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In 2015, the Center for Networked Systems established the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship the first of its kind in the nation, for enrolled UC San Diego undergraduate students majoring in computer science or computer engineering, public policy, communications and other programs touching on networked systems and who are active in supporting the LGBT community. In addition to receiving a scholarship, recipients are also provided with an opportunity to carry out guided research under the direction of one of the center’s faculty mentors.

CNS aspires to affirm the importance of a diverse and inclusive community of engineers and to pay homage to Alan Turing, a titan in the field, whose contributions were tragically cut short.  A founder of the field of computer science and a brilliant mathematician, Alan Turing’s work contributed substantially to the Allied victory in World War II through his brilliant codebreaking. After the war, Turing suffered outright persecution for his activities as a gay man. He died by suicide in 1954.

Quote from Dermot Turing, Alan Turing’s nephew, “I am delighted that you are able to support students through the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship and I am certain that this kind of initiative is one which would have received his whole-hearted support. As I expect you know, Alan helped support the education of a Jewish refugee boy escaping from Nazi Europe during World War II, and it is vitally important that young talented people get assisted in achieving their potential. Furthermore, it is essential to ensure diversity of talent, and in particular to encourage those who might feel that their interests or approach are out of the mainstream. Alan Turing is a role model, showing how it is possible to succeed – and to achieve the extraordinary. I hope he is an inspiration to those who receive the scholarship and I am proud to be able to support it in this small way.”


Establishment of the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship will highlight the Center for Networked Systems’ interest in celebrating students from all backgrounds and orientations, and emphasize our alignment with philanthropic partners who share these important goals. Increasingly, innovation-oriented enterprises are working to improve the diversity of their teams – it’s not only the right thing to do, but it also makes for better business. Employee teams featuring a wide range of backgrounds enjoy greater flexibility and depth, in considering solutions that engage a variety of users.

The first three years of the scholarship 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 have been funded by seed money and a crowdfunding campaign.  CNS is currently working to raise $250,000 to endow the scholarship, ensuring that it is available for students for years to come.


Thanks to a generous $10,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, Giselle Mejia, a fourth-year student studying cognitive science with a specialization in design and interaction, is now among the 2019 Turing Scholarship recipients. A second student, who wishes to remain anonymous, was also recognized and will be awarded a scholarship through support from CNS.

Awarded Fall 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year, Anton Sydorenko and Adrian Mendoza.  Thank you to a generous $10,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Awarded Fall 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year Sothyrak Srey

Awarded Spring 2016 for the 2016-2017 (inaugural year) Valeria Gonzalez


Your gift can have a tremendous impact on a student’s future and on the computer science and engineering community. Help support a better tomorrow by making your tax-deductible gift at any amount today.


This scholarship fund may be converted to an endowment fund if a cash balance of $50,000 is reached by June 30, 2020. For information on endowment funds, please see

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On behalf of the students whose futures are made brighter by your generosity, thank you!

Donation levels:  

Universal Turing Machine – $100 Donation  –  Alan Turing wrote a paper in 1936 in which he presented the idea that forms the foundation of the modern computer: the “Universal Machine”- a machine that is capable of computing anything that is computable. Your contribution is greatly appreciated- with your generosity you are shaping the future!

Codebreaker – $500 donation – Support the Allied effort by contributing! Your gift at this level helps us to break the code of silence and ensures that discrimination against members of the LGBT community in computer science and engineering will not continue.

Ace – $1,000 –  Alan Turing led the design work for the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE), an innovative and seminal blueprint for stored-program computers that provides the basis for most computers currently in use today. Your contribution at this level helps us to build a strong foundation for our scholarship fund.

The Bombe! – $2,000 –  The Bombe was an electromechanical device based upon Turing’s design that was used to help decipher the German Enigma machine. A gift at this level is key to achieving our goal by providing one-fourth of one scholarship for one student.

Turochamp – $5,000 – Turochamp was a chess-playing computer program designed by Turing in 1950. A gift at this level will set us up for a checkmate by providing half of one scholarship for one student.

Singularity – $10,000 – Alan Turing was one of the founders of the study of artificial intelligence. Your contribution at this level shows a greater than a human level of altruism and intelligence.


Applications for the 2020-2021 scholarship are being accepted until January 27, 2020. The selection committee will review the applications and the recipient will be notified in June 2020. 

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the UCSD Scholarship Office at or (858) 534-4480.


Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Recognizes Two Outstanding Scholars [January 8, 2020]

Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Recognizes Two Students in Computer Science  [November 2, 2018]

Actor and Activist George Takei’s Visit to UC San Diego  [May 3, 2018]

Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Celebrates Diversity in Computer Science [September 28, 2017]

CNS Scholarship Winner Gets First-Hand Insight into Computer Science Pioneer Alan Turing [November 14, 2016]

Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Valeria Gonzalez! [May 26, 2016]

Third video for Crowdsurf crowdfunding campaign.

The second video for Crowdsurf crowdfunding campaign. 

First video for Crowdsurf crowdfunding campaign.

Press release announcing the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship [June 1, 2015]

Alan Turing Campaign Flyer [December 2017]

Link to the project flyer

Video announcing the Turing Memorial Scholarship used in the Crowdsurf crowdfunding campaign [May 28,2015]