Yi Gu is not trying to solve the world’s problems, she’s just looking to make it
flow a little bit better.
|Yi Gu at Google’s headquarters
Gu, a native of China, was a finalist for the prestigious 2010 Anita Borg Memorial
Scholarship, which is awarded by Google. The finalist prize carries with it $1,000
that Gu, a computer science doctoral student in the College of Arts and Sciences,
will use toward her research and studies.
Gu is an up-and-coming scientist who studies high performance computing, which makes
for a more efficient flow of information between networks and modules that might differ
from laboratory to laboratory. The young researcher has used her U of M connections
to also conduct research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Her faculty adviser said Gu’s consideration for the scholarship speaks volumes for
the U of M.
“The list of finalists and recipients for this prestigious scholarship is largely
dominated by schools like MIT, Stanford, Princeton and Carnegie Mellon University,”
said Dr. Qishi Wu, assistant professor of computer science. “Ms. Yi Gu’s selection
as a finalist indicates that the quality of the U of M’s best students is comparable
to that of those at top-tier universities in the U.S., which is really encouraging.”
The scholarship recipient is chosen based on the strength of academic background and
demonstrated leadership. Gu’s research interests also include wireless sensor networks
Established by Google in 2004, the scholarship honors Dr. Anita Borg, a computer science
pioneer who dedicated her life to changing the way we think about diversity and technology.
The award supports undergraduate and post-graduate women who are completing degrees
in computer science and related areas.
This year Google presented the awards to 62 scholars and finalists in the United States,
17 in Canada, and 91 in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. All of the winners
were invited to participate in an all-expenses-paid scholars’ retreat featuring workshops
and speakers at Google’s headquarters in California in June.
— by Greg Russell