PhD student Jackie C.K. Cheung and 11 other graduate students in North America were selected as the 2013-2014 Facebook Graduate Fellows. The Fellowship program supports "emerging research leaders who demonstrate potential to advance our mission of making the world more open and connected." Recipients of the award will have their tuition covered and are awarded a $30,000 stipend, in addition to some other benefits.
Jackie, the only student from a Canadian school honoured with a Fellowship this year, is in DCS' AI: Computational Linguistics group. Supervised by Gerald Penn, Jackie's research focuses on Natural Language Processing; the goal of his work "is to help users manage this information by providing automatic summaries of some source text. In particular, he works on semantic representations of text that can be used to make inferences about what is salient or important in a domain for use in complex tasks such as summarization."
See Facebook's announcement here.