Cansu Kaynak recipient of Google Anita Borg scholarship 2014

© 2014 EPFL

© 2014 EPFL

Cansu Kaynak, a PhD student in the Parallel Systems Architecture Lab (PARSA), directed by Prof. Babak Falsafi, has received a Google Anita Borg memorial scholarship. The award is given exclusively to women to inspire, motivate, and move them to embrace technology.

Anita Borg, founder of the Institute for Women and Technology, proposed the 50/50 by 2020 initiative, so that women earning computing degrees would be 50% of the graduates by year 2020. However, the percentage of computer science degrees earned by women is still far from 50% throughout the world.

Google Anita Borg memorial scholarship is a part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision. It also encourages women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of each candidate's academic background, on her passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science, and demonstrated leadership.

Cansu’s research interests lie in the area of computer architecture with an emphasis on server processors. Her research focuses particularly on effective and efficient instruction fetch mechanisms. These mechanisms predict and proactively stream instructions to mitigate instruction-fetch stalls in server processors and, as a result, boost server application performance. Visit her homepage for more information.