Anna Blasiak, a 2007 CS major, earns NSF fellowship at Cornell

In 2008 the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a Graduate Research Fellowships to Anna Blasiak ’07, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Cornell who majored in both computer science and mathematics at Middlebury.

Anna, from North Potomac, Md., is principally interested in graph algorithms and their practical applications, such as networks and computer vision.

At Middlebury Blasiak graduated summa cum laude, earned highest honors in both computer science and mathematics, and achieved appointment to Phi Beta Kappa.

As a senior Blasiak was on the three-member computer-programming team that finished first among 37 colleges in the annual competition conducted by the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Northeast Region. In addition, she won the Dr. Francis D. Parker ’39 Mathematics Prize and the Hazeltine-Klevenow Memorial Trophy for excellence in academics and athletics.

Daniel Scharstein, associate professor of computer science, said Anna is “an extraordinary young woman—multi-talented, intelligent, and independent . . . What truly differentiates her, however, is her amazing quest for knowledge and understanding. Unlike many other outstanding students, Anna is not primarily motivated by grades, but she pursues her studies out of a love of learning, is not afraid to take intellectual risks, and tenaciously pursues difficult subjects until she completely understands them.”