The Center for Networked Systems (CNS) established the Alan Memorial Scholarship in 2015 to encourage a more diverse and inclusive community of engineers and to honor the memory of Alan Turing, the mathematician, and cryptanalyst who co-founded the field of computer science. During World War II, Turing devised the techniques that led to breaking codes produced by Germany’s Enigma machine—a breakthrough credited with accelerating the Allied victory by more than a year. After the war, he was persecuted for being gay. He died by suicide in 1954.
The scholarship is 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 have an opportunity to carry out guided research under the direction of one of the center’s faculty mentors.
With the endowment, CNS can award $10,000 per year in perpetuity.
Preference is given to students who demonstrate one or both of the following: academic merit, financial need
- For residents of the following states: California
- Award is available to U.S. citizens