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We love telling the stories of our students. Several of our recent features include:
Yifan “Eva” Li, a student in the masters of computer science (MCS) program at Rice University, is willing to take calculated risks to advance her career. “When I was considering my choices for graduate school, Rice was known to have a great professional masters program for students who aim to find a good job.”All she knew about the university had been learned through websites and comments from Rice students and alumni in a China-based group chat. None of her friends were headed to Texas, but Li balanced the risk of the unknown against the promise of future results and accepted the Computer Science Department’s admission offer.
Andrew Wells is a member of Lydia Kavraki’s research team and won NASA Fellowship as a first year student. He said, “I came to visit during recruiting weekend and I really liked the people I met. Lydia’s research interests in two apparently unrelated fields—robotics and bioinformatics—appealed to me. I like learning for its own sake, not just because it can be useful, but I also suspect there is a lot of low-hanging fruit that can be discovered by someone with broader interests in more than one sub-field.”
Shangyu Luo, a 5th year Computer Science Ph.D. student, recently won a best paper award at a prestigious conference. He said, “The ICDE is one of the top conferences for databases and the acceptance rate is only about 18%, so getting in was an achievement. That moment we got to go on the stage and receive the Best Paper award was amazing. Many people wait for a moment like that, and it was very exciting! I practiced a lot for my presentation, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to tell people what our work was about. The more I realized other scientists valued our work, the more I felt driven to reengage with the research on a new level.”
Our graduate student alumni are breaking ground in amazing ways. Check out a few of their stories:
Computer science Ph.D. alumni Risa Myers chose Rice for her graduate student work because professor Chris Jermaine’s research area aligned with her interests. “He let me find my own data and pursue research in my particular area of interest (clinical outcomes) and helped me publish my work in both computer science and medical venues,” she said. “I’m fortunate to have found advisers and collaborators that have really helped me do what I set out to do. I came here to learn how to make sense out of biomedical data and that is what I was able to do.”
When Niketan Pansare arrived in the United States, it was to work on his masters and he took two extremely challenging and highly-recommended courses, both taught by Professor Chris Jermaine. Near the end of the semester, Jermaine called Pansare into his office and asked if he’d be interested in working on a PhD. Pansare said, “I had just gotten a dream job offer from Microsoft, and not even thought of PhD until then. He gave me a week to think about it.”
Andreas Haeberlen, the Raj and Neera Singh Assistant Professor for computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, said Rice was one of his top grad school choices in 2003. “I was already in systems and wanted to work with one of the top people in the field,” he said, “and that included Peter Druschel at Rice.” About halfway through Haeberlen’s PhD program, Druschel moved to Germany. Haeberlen said, “Peter got the offer [to be the founding director of the new Max Planck Institute for Software Systems] so I finished my PhD for Rice while working in Germany.” Before leaving Houston, he had already taken four semesters of Chinese and developed an affinity for Texas barbecue, especially the brisket at Goode Co BBQ on Kirby Drive. “I went to Rice because of Peter,” he said, “but then I discovered the wonderful campus and the diversity of Houston.”
Or you might be interested in these recent alumni stories:
Read more about our graduate students and alumni in their CS Profiles.