Deborah Hanus

How to write an outstanding software conference talk proposal

Three years ago, I submitted my first talk proposal to PyCon. I threw it together the week before the deadline, and it was rejected. The next year, I spent more time putting together a proposal. I asked my friends for feedback and submitted a proposal that I was proud of two weeks before the deadline. It was rejected too. This time, I was surp... Read more

Advice for your ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowship application

The ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowship is a mouthful to say, but it is a wonderful fellowship to have. It provides graduate student awardees an annual $15K to offset the costs of their program, renewable for up to five years. As one of the fellowship's inaugural awardees, I've had several people ask me for application ... Read more

How to get into a top PhD program

Unlike in professional programs (i.e. JD, MD, MBA, etc.), when you apply to a PhD program, you usually apply to work with one professor, who will be your primary advisor. That professor needs to publish research papers and go to conferences, so when she reads your application, she wants to know "Can this person do research? Will she publish pap... Read more