Nine Students Cited by Anita Borg Scholarship Program

Byron SpiceTuesday, May 4, 2010

Nine Carnegie Mellon students- including one from Carnegie Mellon Qatar- are among the 62 scholars and finalists who are being recognized by Google this year through its Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship program.

Winners in the U.S. are Moira Burke, a PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Anna Molosky, currently a high school senior in Issaquah, Wash., who will be a freshman in the School of Computer Science this fall. Molosky is one of seven high school seniors eligible for the Borg scholarship for the first time this year. Each winner receives a scholarship of $10,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year. Samreen Anjum of Carnegie Mellon Qatar will receive a scholarship equivalent to 7,000 euros.

All of the winners also are invited to all-expenses-paid networking retreats with workshops, speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities at Google offices.

Finalists for the scholarship from Carnegie Mellon were Lirida Kercelli, a master's student in the Information Networking Institute; Michelle Burroughs, a junior in computer science; Rachael Harding, a junior in electrical and computer engineering; Wei Chen, a PhD student in the Language Technologies Institute, Miray Kas, a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering, and Yang Shan, a student in computer science and at the Entertainment Technology Center.

The scholarship program honors Dr. Anita Borg, a computer science pioneer who dedicated her life to changing the way people think about diversity and technology. Now in its seventh year, her namesake scholarship continues to support under- and post-graduate women completing degrees in computer science and related areas, recognizing and encouraging the next generation of technical leaders and role models.

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