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McKinley Strahan Graduate Fellowship Fund

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Project ended on May 12, at 10:59 PM CDT
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McKinley Strahan Graduate Fellowship Fund

Why Support Graduate Fellowships?​

Graduate students are absolutely essential to the UT Computer Science’s mission to lead in the creation of scientific knowledge and practical technologies that are defining the digital revolution of the 21st century. Through decades of sustained commitment to the highest standards in graduate education, UTCS has maintained top ten rankings not only in its overall graduate program (ranked #9 by US News), but also in all four subfields ranked by US News (theory, artificial intelligence, systems, and programming languages). But our program is only as good as our students. As a woman and the first member of her family to earn a Ph.D., Dr. McKinley herself was often confronted with bias and limited social support during her Ph.D. studies. However, she was extremely fortunate to have a few faculty members who introduced her to research, mentored her, and encouraged her persistence. She has taught and mentored over a 1,000 Ph.D. students and directly supervised 22. For over 20 years, she has been a speaker and mentor in CRA-W and other programs that encourage women and minorities to pursue their Ph.D.s. This fellowship represents her and her family’s continued devotion to Ph.D. students and their success, and in particular, to students who face any obstacles due to their social environment or financial resources. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to strengthen UTCS and to give our graduate students all of the financial resources they need to pursue their studies.

Honoring Kathryn McKinley

Dr. McKinley is currently a Research Scientist at Google and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She was previously a Principal Researcher at Microsoft and held an Endowed Professorship at The University of Texas.  She received her B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from Rice University. Dr. McKinley’s research seeks to make systems more efficient, secure, and programmable.  She and her collaborators have produced several widely used tools: the DaCapo Java Benchmarks (30,000+ downloads), the TRIPS Compiler, the Hoard memory manager, the Jikes RVM Java Virtual Machine, the MMTk memory management toolkit, and the Immix garbage collector. Her awards include the ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award and the ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award. Her research received test-of-time awards from OOPSLA (2), ICS, and SIGMETRICS, and best paper awards from ASPLOS, IEEE Micro Top Picks (4), SIGPLAN Research Highlights, and CACM Research Highlights (2). She currently serves as secretary of SIGPLAN and a board member of CRA and CRA-W.  She is an IEEE and ACM Fellow.


What is an endowmentEndowments are a sound investment in a better future. With an endowed gift, you provide permanent support for the University. Your gift is invested — never spent — and each year a distribution, like dividends on a mutual fund account, is made to your chosen program or area. Investment earnings above the dividend rate help the endowment value grow over time, to keep pace with inflation and maintain your endowment’s spending power.

What is a pledge? A pledge is a promise to pay a specific amount over a set period of time. Pledges for the McKinley Strahan Graduate Fellowship Fund can be made over a 5-year window.  For example, if you make a $2,000 pledge today (matched by the Kodosky Foundation) you can pay off the pledge by making a $400 gift each December for the next four years.  We will send you a reminder each December. If you would like to make a pledge, click here

Can I utilize my company match?  YES!  Many employers sponsor matching gift programs (Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc.) and will match any charitable contributions made by employees.  To find out if your company has a matching gift program, please click here.  Tip: You will need to request the matching gift from your employer.

What is a gift matching program? Matching gifts are donations a company, employer, or individual makes to match charitable contributions made to a specific cause. For the McKinley Strahan Graduate Fellowship Fund, The Kodosky Foundation will match your donation or pledge dollar-for-dollar up until December 31, 2018. Any gifts after this date will not be included in the Kodosky Foundation matching gift program.

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All gifts, large or small, help ensure that graduate students at UTCS have access to the best education in the country. Right now all donations to this graduate fellowship fund are matched 1:1. Make your gift go further by giving today!


Ada Lovelace Level

UTCS had 214 graduate students in 2016. Of the 155 Ph.D. students, only 12 were funded by graduate fellowships.


John Backus Level

UTCS received top 10 rankings in all areas of specialty, including all four subfields ranked by US News: artificial intelligence (seventh), programming languages (eighth), computer systems (eighth), and computer theory (tenth). - U.S. News & World Report


Grace Hopper Level

Though women now represent 47% of the workforce, as compared to 38% in the 1970s, only 12% of engineers are female. -


Edsger Dijkstra Level

“If this nation is to thrive—economically, socially, politically—we must do all we can to ensure that all of our citizens are able to reach their full potential. Only then will we realize the full benefits to be found in a society peopled with different cultures, races and nationalities.” -Charles Vest, former President of MIT

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