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Clarkson's Todd Deshane is IBM Ph.D. Fellow

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Todd M. Deshane, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Clarkson University, is the recipient of the prestigious and coveted IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for the 2007-08 academic year.deshanet

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award is an annual, worldwide competitive program that recognizes exceptional Ph.D. students in many academic disciplines and areas of study, such as computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences, business sciences and service sciences, management, and engineering. Award recipients are selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM, and their progress to-date.

The IBM Fellowship provides Deshane with tuition, fees and a $17,000 stipend for the academic year. IBM Ph.D. Fellows are matched with an IBM mentor according to their technical interests, and they are encouraged to intern at an IBM research or development laboratory under their mentor's guidance. Internship assignments are designed to strengthen and broaden the awardee's technical experience and contacts. An IBM ThinkPad is awarded to the fellow during the internship.

Deshane was nominated for the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship by Jeanna Matthews, associate professor of mathematics & computer science at Clarkson. "Competition for IBM Ph.D. Fellowships is international. The award is highly competitive and very prestigious," stated Matthews. "This is a wonderful recognition of the high quality work Todd has done both at Clarkson and at IBM this past summer and the high caliber of the students being educated at Clarkson."

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University Ph.D. candidate Todd M. Deshane has been awarded an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for the 2007-08 academic year. Deshane's major is mathematics and computer science. The award pays tuition, fees and a $17,000 stipend. Deshane is from Brasher Falls, N.Y.

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