Five computer science graduate students named 2018 Siebel Scholars

Five computer science graduate students at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have been named 2018 Siebel Scholars.

Jean Pouget-Abadie, Hongyao Ma, Andy Miller, Brandon Reagen, and Sam Wiseman will each receive a $35,000 award for their final year of graduate studies.

They are among more than 90 students selected worldwide from 17 partnering institutions by the Siebel Scholars Foundation, which recognizes exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of computer science, as well as business, bioengineering, and energy science. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top 5 percent of their class, and many are within the top 1 percent.

The five SEAS students join more than 1,000 Siebel Scholars who are global leaders in academia, government, and industry. Siebel Scholars are chosen by the deans of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership qualities.

“You embody the best of computer science at SEAS and you make us all very proud,” said Frank Doyle, John A. Paulson Dean and John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, during a reception honoring the scholars. “We are delighted to have you representing us. I wish you all the best with your projects.”

Student Biographies

Jean Pouget-Abadie, a computer science Ph.D. candidate, is advised by Salil Vadhan, Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, and Edoardo Airoldi, Associate Professor of Statistics. His current research focuses on causal inference with network interference, which aims to better understand A/B tests when the experimental units are not independent. He has served as a teaching fellow for Machine Learning (CS 161), interned on the Core Data Science team at Facebook and the music recommendation team at Spotify, and collaborated with LinkedIn and Google to better understand the practical problems facing…

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