Elizabeth Clark '11 was recently chosen as a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. As a Ph.D. candidate in the field of computer science at the University of Washington, Clark was awarded the fellowship because of her demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.
With a degree in computer science and minors in both mathematics and linguistics from Middlebury College, Clark will focus on problems within natural language processing, which can be thought of as the intersection between computer science and linguistics. As Elizabeth explains, "A wide variety of research topics fall into this overlap between computers and language. For example, I'm currently working on automatically generating stories, while my fellowship proposal was related to performing better machine translation between English and American Sign Language." After completely her Ph.D. program, Clark plans to do natural language processing research in industry.
Elizabeth's success is yet another example that #CatalinaGirlsCan!