Professor Receives Award for Internet Research Related to Mental Health

Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:00 AM by KOMU 8 Staff

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ROLLA - An assistant professor of computer science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been chosen to receive the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award.

The award is for young faculty members and honors Dr. Sriram Chellappan's work on understanding human behavior through Internet usage patterns.

Chellappan has received the NSF's Faculty Early Career Development CAREER Award. This is the "most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."

Chellappan has been a member of the Missouri S&T faculty since 2008. He will use the funds to continue his research efforts to determine how Internet usage patterns can lead to a better understanding of human behavior.

In a recent study of how Missouri S&T students use the Internet, Chellappan and his fellow researchers found that students who show signs of depression tend to use the Internet differently than those who show no symptoms of depression.

Chellappan will receive $428,409 in CAREER funding over three years to continue his research. The award takes effect on Feb. 1, 2013.

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