SCE Undergraduate Student Wins Best Paper Award


SCE Computer Science senior Rebecca “Becca” May recently received the Best Paper award at an international telecommunications conference, an especially unique and prestigious honor for an undergraduate student.

The peer-reviewed paper, “Using Multi-Topology Routing to Improve Routing During Geographically Correlated Failures” was a joint effort between May, and SCE student M. Todd Gardner, and was overseen by Dr. Cory Beard and Dr. Deep Medhi of the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. May was chosen to present the paper at the 10th International Conference on Design of Reliable Communications Networks, a conference highly regarded in the computer networking research community due to its focus on reliable network design.

May takes part in undergraduate research through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, where she works alongside SCE professor and co-author Dr. Deep Medhi, who was particularly impressed by May’s presentation and award.

“I rarely see a graduate student, doing his or her first international presentation, handle it so well,” said Medhi. “For me to see an undergraduate do this well is a treat of a lifetime.”

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