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AIAS names 2009 Randy Pausch winners

Carnegie Mellon University professor's memorial awards four scholarships

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the winners of the second annual Randy Pausch Scholarship, each of whom will receive USD 2500 as an aid to starting a career in the videogames industry.

This year's winners were: John Kolencheryl from Carnegie Mellon University; Sebastian Gosztyla of DePaul University; William Graner of University of Southern California; and Kimberly Kiser from Saint Vincent College.

"Being able to help such talented young adults pursue their dreams to be interactive entertainment creators is one of the Academy's most important pursuits," said Joseph Olin, president of the AIAS. "If these awards can help students to 'Dream Big,' as Randy Pausch was fond of saying, than we are truly helping to keep his wishes alive."

Pausch, formerly a professor of computer science and human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, passed away last year aged 47 from complications arising from pancreatic cancer.

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