What's Up UA? - UA Undergraduate Researcher Earns Prestigious National Award - The Explorer: University Of Arizona

What's Up UA? - UA Undergraduate Researcher Earns Prestigious National Award

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 9:29 am

A University of Arizona Honors College student is one of 14 students in the U.S. selected as a 2014-2015 Churchill Scholar by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, which provides funding for one year of graduate school in the United Kingdom.

The awards range from $50,000 to $60,000 – depending on the student's field of study – for tuition and fees, a living allowance and transportation.

Daniel Fried, a Tucson native, has three majors: computer scienceinformation science and technology and mathematics. He plans to use the scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge, where he will pursue a Master of Philosophy in advanced computer science.

Fried is the second student from the UA to receive the prestigious award. The first Churchill Scholar from the UA was Diane M. Thomson, selected for the 1994-1995 year to study environment and development.

Fried, a highly accomplished student, entered the UA as a Flinn Scholar, selected for his academic and personal achievements. He also was named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar, chosen for his strong potential to pursue a research career in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

In addition to conducting research at the UA, Fried has studied in Germany and Japan. His main interest is in artificial intelligence, focusing on computational linguistics and machine learning.

"Cambridge is particularly strong in my main research interest: computational semantics, or automatically producing representations of the meaning of language," Fried said. "The Churchill Scholarship will give me the chance to investigate this area further and prepare for future research in natural language processing and machine learning."

While at the UA, Fried has served as a teaching assistant and as an ambassador in the College of Science. 

"Daniel is a wonderful representative of the University of Arizona," said Karna Walter, assistant dean for student engagement in the UA Honors College. "He will make the most of being part of the Churchill Scholars and Cambridge communities.” 

Ultimately, Fried is interested in creating computer systems that not only store and retrieve information, but also understand the information and process it.

Fried said he is grateful to UA faculty members Paul CohenStephen Kobourov and Kobus Barnard; professor Kevin Duh at the NARA Institute of Science and Technology in Japan; and also Felix Wolf and Ali Jannesari at Germany's RWTH Aachen in Germany "for giving me such great research opportunities and supporting and advising me throughout our projects."

After finishing his year at Cambridge, Fried plans to complete doctoral studies in computer science, and then pursue a career in research.

"Recently, huge amounts of knowledge have become available electronically – for example, through scanned books and the billions of Web pages on the Internet," Fried said.

"If we can develop methods for extracting structured meaning from these sources of data," he said, "we should be able to create better artificial intelligence systems to help us answer questions, make plans and reason about the world."

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

More about

Welcome to the discussion.

Kino College

Kino CollegeEnroll today: http://www.kinocollege.com/

Thursday 08/21/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Fall Enrollment Sets Record for Diversity, Number of Freshmen

Tuesday 08/19/2014

What's Up UA? - Remarkable Résumé: UA Student Journalist's Career Includes CNN, NYT Phoenix

Friday 08/15/2014

What's Up UA? - Through Innovative Partnership, 'Hot Shot' Team Tackles Yuma Produce Perils

Wednesday 08/13/2014

What's Up UA? - The UA Named a Top College by The Princeton Review

Monday 08/11/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Researchers Study Increasing Lifespan and Immune Function What's Up UA? - UA Undergrads Conducting Microgravity Research Aboard NASA's G-Force One

Monday 06/09/2014

What's up UA? - UA to Host U.S. and Mexico Officials Exploring Collaborations in Education, Innovation, Research

Thursday 06/05/2014

What's Up UA? - New Wilderness Medicine Class Hones Patient Care Skills in Rugged Conditions

Tuesday 06/03/2014

Track Cats Send Eight Athletes to TrackTown USA

Monday 06/02/2014

What's Up UA? - Bringing a Spacecraft Back From the Dead

Friday 05/30/2014

What's Up UA? - Heart Attack Patient Defies Odds with Tailored Surgical Treatment at UA Medical Center

Thursday 05/29/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Marketing Students Win National AT&T Competition

Tuesday 05/27/2014

What's Up UA? - Scientists Discover Genetic Basis of Pest Resistance to Biotech Cotton

Friday 05/23/2014

What's up UA? - Four UA Students Picked for Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarships

Wednesday 05/21/2014

What's Up UA? - Scientists Discover Genetic Basis of Pest Resistance to Biotech Cotton

Monday 05/19/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Tunnels Get Carbon Fiber Makeover

Thursday 05/15/2014

What's Up UA? - Earning a UA Degree, in a Grandfather’s Memory

Tuesday 05/13/2014

What's Up UA? - UA's Phoenix Cancer Center is 'Topped Off,' Joins Award-Winning Medical School Building

Thursday 05/08/2014

What's Up UA? - University of Arizona to Offer Nation’s First Bachelor of Arts in Law

Monday 05/05/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Combating Health Disparities to Build Healthier Communities

Wednesday 04/30/2014

What's Up UA? - Scientists at the UA Make Critical End-Stage Liver Disease Discovery

Friday 04/25/2014

What's Up UA? - A Century-Long Track Record of Serving Arizona and Benefiting the State's Economy

Wednesday 04/23/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Opens Nation’s First Resource Center for Student Vets Studying Health Care UA Wildcat Instant Decision Days at PCC campuses April 29-May 2

Monday 04/21/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Scientists to Begin Construction on NASA Spacecraft that will Visit Asteroid in 2018

Thursday 04/10/2014

What's Up UA? - Spring Fling Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Return to UA Mall

Monday 04/07/2014

Mauga’s Walkoff Sweeps Stanford

Thursday 04/03/2014

What's Up UA? - 4-H Programs Bring Enrichment and Learning to Thousands in Arizona

Monday 03/31/2014

What's Up UA? - The Viruses You Don't Know About (Yet)

Tuesday 03/25/2014

What's Up UA? - Twice Torn Apart: A UA Alumna's Road to the Paralympic Games

Tuesday 03/18/2014

What's Up UA? - Tucson Village Farm Honored as Model Program for the Nation

Friday 03/14/2014

What's Up UA? - Several UA Graduate Programs Reach New Heights

Tuesday 03/11/2014

What's Up UA? - Olympics Interns Share Sochi Experiences

Friday 03/07/2014

What's Up UA? - Seeing Cancer Differently

Wednesday 03/05/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Offers Accelerated Bachelor's to Master’s Program in Environmental Health Sciences

Tuesday 03/04/2014

What's Up UA? - Third-Ranked Men's Basketball Heads to Corvallis to Face OSU

Friday 02/28/2014

What's Up UA? - UA College of Optical Sciences to Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Laser Fun Day

Thursday 02/27/2014

What's Up UA? - Obesity-Related Gut Bacteria Higher in People in Northern Climes

Monday 02/24/2014

Wildcats Sweep Sunday Doubleheader, Series From Alcorn State

Thursday 02/20/2014

What's Up UA? - First-Year UA Minority Student Retention Rate Highest Ever

Monday 02/17/2014

What's Up UA? - The Flu and You

Friday 02/14/2014

What's Up UA? - Miller to Add to Arizona’s USA Basketball Legacy

Wednesday 02/12/2014

What's Up UA? - $10M Gift to Optical Sciences is Largest Gift for Scholarships in UA History

Monday 02/10/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Study Shows Aggressive Management of Gunshot Wounds to Brain Significantly Increases Survival

Thursday 02/06/2014

Arizona Football Announces 2014 NLI Class

Tuesday 02/04/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Wind Quintet is Finalist in National Competition

Thursday 01/30/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Undergraduate Researcher Earns Prestigious National Award

Tuesday 01/28/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Renewed as a Tillman Foundation Partner

Thursday 01/23/2014

What's Up UA? - Thousands to Celebrate Chinese New Year at UA

Tuesday 01/21/2014

What's Up UA? - UA Mathematician Earns Presidential Early Career Award
Spacer4px

Follow us on Facebook

Online poll

Loading…