Computer science GAANN program

Become a GAANN fellow and conduct cutting-edge research

An interdisciplinary fellowship program in Computer Science with a focus on the application of big data, machine learning, security and safety

GAANN Fellows will conduct research in the Department of Computer Science or in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under the co-guidance of faculty members from these two departments. Fellows will also have access to the numerous laboratories and resources available in the research labs and centers. Fellows’ research area will be determined based on the individual student and his/her research advisor. Possible research areas include the following:

  • Data Analytics using Machine Learning for Cyber Security
  • Surveillance using Smartphone Sensors for Persistent Object Tracking
  • Modeling Spatio-Temporal Autocorrelations using Machine Learning for Air Quality Monitoring for People Safety
  • Attribute-Based Encryption Scheme for Secure Multi-group Large Scale Big Data Sharing in Cloud
  • Machine Learning for Combat Cloud


Dr. Sanjay Madria

Computer Science GAANN Program Director
325 Computer Science Bldg, 500 W. 15th St., Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: 573-341-4856

Fax: 573-341-4501



Apply to the computer science doctoral program at, and send the required application documents to Dr. Sanjay Madria at

Underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.

Program benefits

  • Fellowship Stipend: Up to $34,000 annually, depending on financial need (decided by FAFSA)
  • Educational Allowance: Up to $15,750 annually that covers tuition, research-related expenses, and travel
  • Academic and Research Support: GAANN faculty and the academic advisor provide academic support and research mentoring to the selected GAANN fellow
  • Mentored Teaching Experiences: Participate in various teaching workshops, involving all aspects of teaching with a teaching mentor during a semester, and teach one undergraduate course as an instructor for two semesters


The program is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrated financial needs determined by FAFSA
  • Are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Are accepted into the regular or direct (i.e. straight from B.S.) Ph.D. program in computer science
  • Have an excellent academic record
  • Are planning a career in teaching and/or research

Required application documents