Two undergraduate students from the University of California San Diego – Adam Alemi, Senior from the Computer Science and Engineering department along with an anonymous recipient, a Communication major, have been awarded the 2023-2024 Alan Turing Memorial Scholarships from the Center for Networked Systems (CNS).
CNS established the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of Alan Turing, the cofounder of computer science and a World War II era mathematician and cryptanalyst. Turing’s contributions to code breaking accelerated the Allied victory, saving lives. After the war, Turing was persecuted for his orientation as a gay man and died by suicide in 1954.
“It is imperative that we recognize the importance of equal treatment for all individuals, without any form of discrimination,” said Alemi. “Let us collectively embrace one another with unconditional love and equality, irrespective of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
Adam will receive $10,000 from the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship and another $2,000 from the newly established Alan Turing Teradata Scholarship. The anonymous recipient will receive $12 thousand from the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship.
The Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship and the Alan Turing Memorial Teradata Scholarship are open to undergraduates who are active supporters of the LGBTQIA+ community and majoring in computer science, computer engineering, public policy, communications, and other programs touching on networked systems. They are awarded to students based on academic merit, with a preference for those with demonstrated financial need.
In February 2020, CNS reached its endowment goal of $250,000 for the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship, for an annual award of $10,000. In 2021, the Teradata Corporation donated $50,000 to endow a second scholarship, the Alan Turing Memorial Teradata Scholarship, which gives an additional annual award of $2,000.
CSE is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts (DEI). Those interested in supporting scholarships related to those efforts can contact Jennie Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship, please contact Jennifer Folkestad at email@example.com.
Story Written by Kimberley Clementi