Kempner Institute Announces Recipients of Inaugural Graduate Student Fellowships

May 31, 2023

Twenty-two Harvard graduate students awarded fellowships to pursue cutting-edge research at the intersection of natural and artificial intelligence

22 headshots containing the faces of the 2023 Kempner graduate fellowship recipients

The 2023 recipients of the Kempner graduate fellowship (pictured left to right, by row): William Qian, Sabarish Sainathan, Dianna Hidalgo, Anat Kleiman, Mohammed Osman, Kenneth Li, Shuze Liu, Yongsoo Ra, Ciara Sypherd, William Tong, Ada Fang, Hugh Zhang, Zachariah (Zach) Cohen, Gustaf Ahdritz, Colton Casto, Sonia Murthy, Mozes Jacobs, Ann Huang, Fenil Doshi, Shubham Choudhary, Usha Bhalla, and Natalie Abreu.

Cambridge, MA – The Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence today announced the names of the 22 students chosen as the inaugural cohort of Kempner Graduate Fellows. This year’s recipients include eight incoming and fourteen continuing graduate students enrolled across nine Harvard PhD programs.

The 2023 recipients of the Kempner graduate fellowship are: Natalie Abreu, Gustaf Ahdritz, Usha Bhalla, Colton Casto, Shubham Choudhary, Zachariah (Zach) Cohen, Fenil Doshi, Ada Fang, Dianna Hidalgo, Ann Huang, Mozes Jacobs, Anat Kleiman, Kenneth Li, Shuze Liu, Sonia Murthy, Mohammed Osman, Yongsoo Ra, Sabarish Sainathan, Ciara Sypherd, William Tong, William Qian, and Hugh Zhang.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first cohort of graduate fellows to the Kempner,” said Ella Batty, assistant director for educational programs at the Kempner. “Graduate students are a cornerstone of our community. Each of these exceptional students is pursuing research that will push the boundaries of what we currently know about intelligence.”

While fellows have a primary research focus aligned with the Kempner’s mission of understanding the basis of intelligence, the Kempner graduate fellowship supports a diverse community of PhD students, seeding new and innovative scientific discovery in departments and labs across the University. This year’s graduate fellowship recipients are PhD students in a range of disciplines, including Computer Science, Speech Hearing Bioscience & Technology, Program in Neuroscience, Applied Math, Biophysics, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Electrical Engineering, Psychology, and Bioengineering.

Kempner graduate fellows receive mentorship, access to the Kempner’s computing resources and facilities, and funding up to and including the sixth year of graduate school.

About the Kempner Institute

The Kempner Institute seeks to better understand the basis of intelligence in natural and artificial systems by recruiting and training future generations of researchers to study intelligence from biological, cognitive, engineering, and computational perspectives. Its bold premise is that the fields of natural and artificial intelligence are intimately interconnected; the next generation of artificial intelligence (AI) will require the same principles that our brains use for fast, flexible natural reasoning, and understanding how our brains compute and reason can be elucidated by theories developed for AI. Join the Kempner mailing list to learn more, and to receive updates and news.


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