Lenwood S. Heath
Prospective Graduate Students

I am happy to consider new students who wish to pursue research in bioinformatics or in theoretical computer science.

However, I am unable to advise any prospective student who has not applied for graduate admission (typically into the Department of Computer Science) and been offered admission.

Furthermore, I am unable to discuss any possibility of graduate research funding with anyone who is not enrolled for graduate study at Virginia Tech.

ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDY IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
BIOINFORMATICS
THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • My research interests in the past have primarily centered around algorithms for discrete problems, graph theory, and symbolic computation. See my abbreviated vita. I am happy to supervise the research of a student in theoretical computer science. I concentrate on hard algorithmic questions that require mathematical sophistication. In theoretical computer science, I prefer to supervise PhD students to Masters students.

  • While I will be happy to talk to you about research in theory, we need to realize that research funding for a student is much harder to obtain in theory than in most other research areas, such as bioinformatics. On the other hand, a graduate student doing research in theory is very likely to be able to support herself/himself on a teaching assistantship in the Department of Computer Science. This has been my primary means of supporting theory students in the past, and I have graduated 5 PhD students and 3 Masters students in theory.