UCSB Engineering

February 27, 2009

CS Grad Student wins Symantec Fellowship

Marco Cova

Computer Science doctoral candidate Marco Cova, a member of the department’s Computer Security Group, is one of only three recipients nationwide of the Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship. His research tackles the important problem of malicious Web code, which targets web browsers. Cova invented a unique approach to analyze Web code and detect malicious code that behaves abnormally in order to exploit client vulnerabilities—for example, as part of a drive-by-download attack.

He and the other fellows will receive full one-year fellowships covering 100 percent of tuition and fees, along with competitive stipends to fund ongoing research in their respective areas of expertise. Past recipients of the graduate fellowship program have made substantial contributions to Symantec's market-leading products, prestigious industry groups, and the academic community.

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