Indiana University

Skip to:

  1. Search
  2. Breadcrumb Navigation
  3. Content
  4. Browse by Topic
  5. Services & Resources
  6. Additional Resources
  7. Multimedia News

Media Contacts

Lisa Herrmann
School of Informatics

Last modified: Monday, December 15, 2008

IU Computer Science undergraduate finalist for prestigious computing research association award

Dec. 15, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Sarah Loos, a student in the Indiana University School of Informatics, was named as a finalist for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) 2009 Outstanding Female Undergraduate Award.

Sarah Loos

Sarah Loos

Loos was one of 22 women cited. As a finalist, she is one of the top seven females in this highly competitive selection process.

Each year, the CRA honors undergraduates who have excelled in their field. The CRA is an organization of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies.

Loos is a senior with a dual major in computer science and mathematics. She received third place in the student research competition at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in October 2008. IU has also nominated her to apply for a Churchill Scholarship -- given to only 13 American students nationwide -- to pursue graduate study at Cambridge University. The recipients of that scholarship will be notified in January 2009.

"Sarah is an exceptional student, and a fine representative for the School of Informatics," said computer science Chair Andy Hanson. "To be named a finalist for this CRA award is quite an honor. She's in company with other students who are the 'best of the best.'"

The 2009 CRA competition was sponsored by Microsoft Research. Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs and Microsoft Research were sponsors in alternate years.

About the School of Informatics

Founded in 2000 as the first school of its kind in the United States, the Indiana University School of Informatics is dedicated to research and teaching across a broad range of computing and information technology, with emphases on science, applications and societal implications. The school includes the Departments of Computer Science and Informatics on the Bloomington campus and Informatics on the IUPUI campus.

The school administers a variety of bachelor and masters degree programs in computer science and informatics, as well as Ph.D. programs in computer science and the first-ever Ph.D. in informatics. The school is dedicated to excellence in education and research, to partnerships that bolster economic development and entrepreneurship, and to increasing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in computing and technology. For more information, visit