Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow Alliance

Cristan Grant, Doctoral student at the University of Florida and 2010 NSF Graduate research fellowship awardee, discussed how to write a powerful personal statement and obtain great letters of recommendation in April 2011. Session url at http://bit.ly/ELA_CG

Christan's work relates to topic modeling, Machine Learning, and natural language processing. He is a lead researcher of the Morpheus project, a question answering system that uses the "deep web" as a resource.

He interned at IBM Almaden Research Lab where he developed a prototype for the Health-e-Assistant—an engine that seeks to lay the foundation for the personalization of healthcare by providing a comprehensive and user-friendly management system.  He was awarded a 2010 NSF Graduate research fellowship in the area of Databases, Information Retrieval and Web Search.

Christan has a beautiful wife of almost two years and a hilarious cat named Kizzy Kinte.