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IBM Expands Higher Education Research Program

IBM Expands Higher Education Research Program
By Ronald Roach


IBM announced in December that it is working to speed cancer research and explore advanced technical applications in “e-education,” medicine, bioinformatics and human behavior through partnerships with more than 130 of the world’s leading universities — all part of its expanded, $36 million global university award program.

Through a set of highly competitive and selective initiatives, the company and its university-based partners explore leading-edge information technology concepts and bring them to bear on some of society’s most complex challenges — including life sciences, education and the environment.

Long a supporter of academic partnerships, IBM stepped up its university initiatives significantly for the 2002-03 academic year. The company conferred 52 Shared University Research (SUR) awards, representing a market value of $28 million, to universities and institutions and 60 Ph.D. fellowships valued at $1.8 million in 2002. IBM also awarded more than $5 million in awards to 203 faculty members at 75 institutions. As added support for college and university faculty using the Eclipse open source code for teaching or research, IBM presented 40 Eclipse Innovation Awards in December, representing another $1 million.

The IBM Scholars Program, launched worldwide this year, has enrolled more than 4,000 faculty members and researchers at 2,000-plus institutions. Through the Scholars Program, IBM delivered over 15,000 software products and resources to members free of charge reaching students internationally.

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