Background to SICSA Prize Studentships
SICSA Prize Studentships were established in 2008 in order to attract the very best Informatics and Computing Science students to come and study in Scotland. There are now over 80 SICSA Prize students working across Scotland.
All SICSA universities reached their quota of SICSA Prize students in 2012 and we are no longer accepting applications for SICSA Prize Studentships.
SICSA Prize Student case-studies:
Heather Crawford, University of Glasgow:
"Applying for funding from SICSA has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I was excited when I received word that I’d been selected, although I was still anxious because it seemed like SICSA was going to demand a lot of me in return for funding my PhD. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Rather than demand, SICSA encourages and supports me. There are numerous courses, summer schools, and workshops that I can attend in order to get the most from my PhD experience, as well as to prepare me for my future career. I have been exposed to more people, ideas and opportunities than I would have done without SICSA’s support. My self-esteem has improved, and I feel as though I’m being rewarded for previous hard work and encouraged to do and be more. I’ve attended workshops such as Paper Writing and Thesis Writing, attended two SICSA Student Conferences, been involved with the organization of the 2011 SICSA Student Conference, and attended the iPhone Development boot-camp. Being a SICSA student has been a great experience. I’m glad I took the chance because my PhD has become a much richer and diverse experience because of SICSA."
Heather Crawford, April 2011
Claire Maternaghan, University of Stirling:
"I decided to embark upon a PhD as I wanted to ensure I
maximised my options for future career paths. A PhD also offered me the
opportunity to develop my communication skills; both in written and oral form,
and exposed me to life in academia. My research explored various aspects of
home automation, focusing on the design and development of a home system that
could offer both technical and non-technical users the ability to control, monitor
and program their home. I have completed three internships during my PhD at Sword
Ciboodle in Glasgow; an academic internship for the MATCH project; and at
Google, based in their Mountain View headquarters in California. Subsequently I
received an offer from Google near the end of my internship, and will start as
a full time software engineer on the Android team in November. I personally feel that SICSA has brought Scotland together,
allowing PhD students the opportunity to get to know one another and network
within the country. The PhD student conference is a prime example of this,
where we can get to know each other on both professional and social levels. I
have personally found some of the summer schools and workshops hosted by SICSA
to be invaluable to my PhD."
Claire Maternaghan, August 2012
Khajeh-Hosseini, University of St Andrews:
"I was one of the first SICSA sponsored PhD students and
recently submitted my thesis, which studied the challenges that enterprises
face when making system deployment decisions in public clouds, and developed
tools to help them investigate the costs, benefits and risks of doing so. For
me, SICSA was much more than just funding; during my thesis I went to numerous
workshops around Scotland, helped organise SICSA student conferences, demo'ed
my work to others during DEMOfest and got to know many other PhD students. I co-founded PlanForCloud.com towards the end of my PhD.
This is a cost forecasting tool for cloud computing and helps users estimate
the cost of deploying their systems on the likes of Amazon Web Services,
Microsoft Azure or Google Compute Engine. PlanForCloud was acquired by
RightScale in July 2012."
Ali Khajeh-Hosseini, October 2012