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QInF 2009

We believe that research and development is the key to harnessing the power of imagination and to discovering new possibilities. We are excited to announce a new kind of fellowship that promotes Qualcomm’s core values of innovation, execution and teamwork. Our goal is to enable students to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas.

Qualcomm invited applications for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship from outstanding graduate (MS/PhD) students in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Fellowship applications included an innovation proposal by a team of two students and at least one faculty advisor recommending the idea. We received total of 46 (23 from UC Berkeley and 23 from Stanford University) very interesting applications from which eight teams were initially selected as finalists and then two teams were awarded fellowships for the 2010 calendar year for their innovation proposal.

On November 18th, Qualcomm held an award ceremony in its Santa Clara campus where the finalists presented their proposals to their peers and the Qualcomm researchers and engineers. All sixteen students of the eight finalist teams received a Kindle for their hard work and excellent proposals. After the dinner, the winners of QInF 2009 were announced.

Each of the two winning teams received a $100,000 fellowship award for submitting the most innovative ideas. The respective academic departments at UC Berkeley and Stanford University will administer funds to the winning students for their fellowship work and research expenses for the calendar year of 2010. Total funding for two teams x two students x $50,000 each = $200,000. Additionally, Qualcomm has assigned a research mentor to each team to help bring their proposal to reality. Qualcomm has also made available offices and labs at Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley to facilitate closer interaction and collaborations with the teams.

2009 Winners

School Student(s) Recommender(s) Innovation Title
Berkeley Leo Meyerovich
Seth Fowler
Ras Bodik Parallel Web Browsing for Mobile Devices
Stanford David Stavens
Jesse Levinson
Sebastian Thrun Precision Localization for Indoor Environments

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