For the fourth year in a row, the University of Chicago was one of a select group of institutions with students named as Siebel Scholars by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Three PhD students from the Department of Computer Science and two from the MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MS-CAPP) program received the honor, which provides funding for the final year of their degree and inauguration into a select group of 1500 scholars chosen since 2000.
This year’s UChicago Siebel Scholars — Steven Buschbach, Yongshan Ding, Huiying Li, Amanda Whaley, and Junwen Yang — study a diverse range of topics within the CS and MS-CAPP programs. From quantum computing, security, machine learning, and software engineering to physician shortages, pandemic response, and education, these students are already working at the frontier of computer science and its applications.
Since 2017, when the University of Chicago Department of Computer Science joined the Siebel program, 18 students have received the prestigious honor, which includes funding for their final year of studies and an invitation to a yearly conference. This year, 92 scholars were selected from 14 international universities. UChicago CS is one of 9 graduate programs in computer science to have students selected into the program.
“Every year, the Siebel Scholars continue to impress me with their commitment to academics and influencing future society. This year’s class is exceptional, and once again represents the best and brightest minds from around the globe who are advancing innovations in healthcare, artificial intelligence, the environment and more,” said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. “It is my distinct pleasure to welcome these students into this ever-growing, lifelong community, and I personally look forward to seeing their impact and contributions unfold.”
Read about the UChicago 2021 Siebel Scholars below: