$20,000 Fellowship for PhD students | Due Dec. 1st

Are you pursuing innovative research related to information security, storage and availability? Then, this fellowship has your name on it!

The Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

Symantec is accepting applications for  2015 Fellowship Program. Award decisions will be made in January 2015. Symantec will award Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below. A key goal of the program is to fund innovative research that has real-world value, in areas where Symantec conducts business. We are soliciting applications for the following areas:

  • Next Generation Security: security and cryptography in the areas of mobile computing, data center, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, web, big data analytics, networks, information security, etc.
  • Storage and Systems: areas such as storage, backup, virtualization, cloud computing, big data infrastructure, etc.
  • Machine learning and data mining: including predictive analytics and anomaly detection, in support of the security, storage, and systems areas mentioned above.

Provisions of the Award

The SRL Graduate Fellowship provides up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student’s tuition fees and to reimburse expenses incurred by the student to engage into research collaboration with Symantec, such as conference registration fees, travel expenses, hardware, etc. If the fellowship is to cover tuition, this portion of the award will be made through the university.

Apply here —> http://www.symantec.com/about/careers/college/fellowship.jsp


Why I Hope My Ex Was A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kind Of Love

I loved this piece. I needed to share it with you. I echo her sentiments perfectly. Love is not about finding your “other half.” You are a whole person from the day that you were born. Therefore, in a relationship, you bring 100% you and your partner should bring 100% too. Learn to love yourself, first. Your whole self. All 100% of you. Then, only then, are you ready to love 100% of your partner. Love is a partnership.

Thought Catalog

Yesterday I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. As we did our quick five-minute catch-up, she asked me how my ex was doing. After I did my well rehearsed polite response, “Actually we aren’t together anymore, so I am not entirely sure,” she gave me the immediate look of sadness and sympathy that I always get. I’m well used to that look, I guess that’s what happens when the man you thought you were going to marry breaks up with you, but after giving me “the look,” she told me that she knows I’ll find someone new and I will love him just as much, if not more. Her words, meant to make me feel better about being single, really got me thinking.
I hope she is wrong. I hope I never find someone I love as much as him.
I don’t say that because…

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Love 6 | Just Be

Stop thinking so much.
Stop analyzing, re-analyzing, and over-analyzing.
Just be.
Be in the moment.
Be in the minute.
Be in the second.

Let ‘it’ go.
Let love flow.
Just enjoy.
Enjoy this moment.
Enjoy this minute.
Enjoy this second.

Everyone comes into our life for a reason.
Maybe it is just for a short season.
Short is relative.
Long is too.
Love each moment.
Love each minute.
Love each second.

Just be.
Just chill.
Just love.

Letters to Graduate Students 3 | Creating a WOW Resume

Dear Dr. You

Dear Dr. You –

Graduation is over! Thesis is submitted! Diploma is on its way! And, now you are ready to for this new, wonderfully frustrating period of your life – job hunting! Whooohooo (not! ;/)

Well, I have good news. This is the best article I’ve found to date on how to create a WOW resume.

Best of luck to you! Now, go ahead and wow the recruiters with your awesome expertise!

Kindest regards,

Bella A.

La Cambusa | Family-Owned Ristorante Italiano

Located in Garfield, NJ.

A cozy family-owned Italian restaurant: the father is the chef, one son is the bartender and it seems the mother plays a hand with recipes given the new menu item “Nonna’s Sunday Dinner.”

Best salad ever!

I know you can’t really see the salad in the picture. But, please believe me when I tell you that this is the best salad ever. It is so, so, so, sooooo refreshing. Truthfully, there is nothing amazing about the vegetables. It is just lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and kale. But, the vegetables taste so FRESH! Maybe, they have a garden in the back. Or maybe it is the lightly grazed olive oil and the hint of white balsamic vinegar. I don’t know the ingredients, but man-oh-man, trust me, TRUST me, this is the best salad ever! I hate salad, so if I tell you this is good, this is GOOD!

The artichoke dip was pretty good too.


Zuppa di Pesce mixed seafood, light tomato sauce w/ linguine

If you love seafood as much as I do, you have to get the Zuppa di Pesce. There’s scallops, clams, mussels, lobster, salmon, shrimp, and calamari. This dish was made for people who cannot decide what to order. So the easiest choice is to just “get everything” haha. And, then ask for a To Go box.

I also tried my friend’s Penne del Golfo with vodka sauce, and that meal was simply divine. The next time I head back there, and there WILL be a next time, I’ll get the Penne del Golfo with shrimp. That’s a promise.

Love 5 | Love is a Choice

Love is a Choice. I am a pragmatic romantic; for me, love is more of a promise to love instead of a feeling. The “in love” phase typically subsides after 2 years. After that period, it becomes a choice to love that perfectly, imperfect person with all his / her flaws. There is no pretense. It just is. You feel comfortable with him / her, more so than with any previous partner. You don’t have to do anything spectacular. His / her presence is all you need. Watch TV in bed, take a walk, dine out at a restaurant, discuss spiritual beliefs, cuddle, share a laugh. Quality time for me is Love. And, it is a Choice. I can choose to spend time with him / her or I can choose not to.

Living in this age of technology, we are bombarded with the love stories of friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and personal Blogs. Usually, 1% of our friends / acquaintances post pictures of their “in love” phases. And, for people, like me, who love simply and easily and in private, seeing these images may force us to question whether we are settling or if that really is love. But, in the words of Nicholas Sparks, “love, I’ve come to understand, is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.”

I’m not poor! I’m impecunious.

One of my best friends, is studying for her GRE. She keeps me entertained with her new vocabulary.

“Bella, I don’t want to be impecunious,” she said.

And, I couldn’t help but laugh. I am quite convinced that the Queen created that word to avoid using the word “poor.” The Webster dictionary hints that I am right because the word was first used in the Medieval times.

If you saw a vagrant, with a placard that read, “Help me, I’m impecunious,” what would your first instinct be? I’d think it was a new disease. When in fact, poverty has existed from since the dawn of time.

I imagine the Queen loved that word. She could now say, “My royal subjects, many people in The United Kingdom are living in dire, impecunious conditions. Today, I implore Parliament to implement the anti-impecunious decree.”

Ahh, GRE, I wish I knew why you existed.

On Spirituality

I believe there is good and there is evil.
that upon death, the good are rewarded and the evil are not.
That good is relative because we are all susceptible to sin.
Small sins and big, deliberate sins.

I believe that there is a God.
And God has no gender.
That God lives in all of us.
That atheists do not believe in God because they blame Him for allowing awful things to happen.
That atheists, by default, believe in God because they are blaming Him.
That scientists who are atheists should have their degrees revoked.
Because physics and biology prove that God exists.

I believe that God created us to heal the world.
And when we sit back and let awful things happen, we are not fulfilling our purpose.

I believe in reincarnation.
Because it’s the only way I can explain meeting someone in this life for the first time while knowing in my heart that I’ve met them before.
Because when I look at them, I am staring into familiar eyes.

I believe that religion divides but love unites.
But that a child should grow up in a church because it gives him the basic foundation of who God is.
That the bible is a guideline and not a rule book.
That irregardless of culture and race and religion, our core belief to love is the same.

I believe in love.
Love is my religion.

Bella’s Bookshelf 2 | The Five Love Languages

DE best book I have ever read! Yes, I said “de” instead of “the”. Why? Because my native Caribbean slang allows me to emphasize just how much I loved this book. If you haven’t added this book to your library, do it now. If you haven’t read this book, read it now. It is available in any place that sells / rents / stores books. I am dead serious. Read it. Now.

I cannot post a picture of this book…because…my mom visited me recently, fell in love with the book, and somehow convinced my abso-positively, most favorite book to fly across the Caribbean Sea and live on her bookshelf. Le sigh.

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of what used to be one of my most prized possessions. If you ever meet him, please tell him I am eternally grateful to him. I’ve applied this book to not only, my relationships, but also to my friends, family members, and coworkers. I am convinced that most relationships / friendships end not because two people are incompatible, but because they do not understand how their spouse / friend loves him / her. In other words, most couples do not speak the same love language.

The 5 love languages are:

1) quality time – You feel most loved when someone gives you his / her undivided attention. No, it’s not just going to eat at a restaurant. It’s when someone does something just because they want to be with you. It’s most likely your love language if you complain  that “He/she never spends time with me.”

2) words of affirmation – You feel most loved when someone speaks words of admiration to you. They don’t just compliment you, they breathe life into you with their positivity. You love when they express their gratitude or appreciate something you’ve done.

3) receiving gifts – You feel most loved when someone gives you a gift. When you receive a gift, your heart does somersaults because it communicates that “he / she was thinking about me.” If you tend to complain that “he / she went on a trip and didn’t buy me anything!” then chances are this is your love language.

4) physical touch – You feel most loved when you are hugged or cuddled.

5) acts of service – You feel most loved when someone “shows” you how much they love you. You don’t really care how much someone says he / she loves you. You need them to “show” you. When they wash the car, take out the garbage, cook you dinner, etc. and do these things consistently, you know they love you.

Usually, the way you show your lover / best friend you love him / her is the way you want to be loved. If you complain about something, then your complaints will reveal your love language too. You can take a quick test to learn your love language here. What is yours? Mine is quality time :). Most times though we express love to our friends / spouses how we want to be loved. Unfortunately, if they do not have the same love language as we do, then they may not feel loved. Simply, it would mean you are speaking French while he / she only understands Spanish. It doesn’t mean that you are incompatible. It just means that you have to make an effort to love your friend / parents / spouses / children in the language that they understand. And, teach them how to love you in the language that you understand best.

Today’s Lesson: Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, does not mean that they don’t love you with all they have. Love is a choice. Spread some love today!!

Love 4 | Be Patient

Dear Lord,
Help me to not mistake Your silence for Your absence.
Help me to remember that Your timing is perfect,
and Your presence is constant.
Teach me to trust Your sense of timing
rather than my own.
Your thoughts are not my thoughts.
Your ways are not my ways.
Wherever you lead me, I will go.