Adobe Research has awarded 2018 Fellowships and Women-in-Technology Scholarships to 20 talented students, encouraging the work of future leaders in fields ranging from computer vision to artificial intelligence to human-computer interaction.
In an event on July 20 at Adobe’s San Jose headquarters, winning students were given their awards and had the chance to hear from company leaders about the impact they could make at Adobe and beyond. Students received $10,000 to further their studies.
“We created these awards three years ago to bring great students to Adobe and to support them in their careers. And even though it’s still early days, we already have evidence of their success,” said Mira Dontcheva, principal research scientist, who helped create the awards. “Three of our fellows are starting jobs at Adobe this year, and more and more of our scholarship winners are thinking about graduate school.”
Dontcheva also hosted a career workshop for this year’s honorees before the ceremony, on the theme of communicating with impact. The session included a panel discussion between award winners and senior researchers.
The applicant pool for these scholarships and fellowships was extremely wide-ranging. Scholarship applicants this year were undergraduate students from 33 different countries and 222 universities. Fellowship seekers, all graduate students, represented 101 universities.
“I’ve had the chance to meet amazing students from across the world,” said Danny Kaufman, senior research scientist, who has helped launch and run the awards, in introducing fellowship winners. “The depth and diversity of our winners’ talents never stops impressing us.”
A key example is Richard Zhang, a fellowship winner and intern at Adobe Research who then decided to join the team this year as a research scientist after earning his PhD. Zhang spoke about his experience at the event.
“The fellowship and internship gave me a firsthand look at Adobe Research. I found a supportive environment with wonderful mentors and fellow interns,” Zhang explained. “I decided that Adobe was a great fit for conducting research in computer vision, graphics, and machine learning.”
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Story by Meredith Alexander Kunz