Winners of the 2021/22 Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence announced

Friday, May 14, 2021

Trophy iconEight incoming master's students at the University of Waterloo have each been awarded a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence, valued at $17,500, from the Vector Institute.

The Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence (VSAI) is a merit-based entrance award provided by the Vector Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to AI research, funded by the Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, and private industry. The award goes to exceptional candidates pursuing master’s programs recognized by the Institute or following AI-focused individualized study paths. Each year, hundreds of nominees are evaluated and up to 115 scholarships are awarded.

This was the Vector Institute’s fourth scholarship cycle and they received nominations from 14 universities and 43 programs across the province. For the 2021/22 academic year, 8 VSAI winners will be pursuing UWaterloo AI-related graduate programs.

Master of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (MDSAI)/Master of Mathematics (MMath) in Data Science

  • Salomé Dionne-Laforest 
  • Jesse Lu
  • Vincent Nguyen
  • Hunter Plowman

Master of Mathematics (MMath) in Computer Science

  • Yaxian (Alex) Bie
  • Matthew Regehr
  • Xinyu Shi
  • Yiping Wang

Beyond the award money, scholarship recipients will gain access to a multitude of benefits: attending professional development, research, and networking events like the AI Master’s Summit and Career Fair, browsing the Vector Digital Talent Hub, and joining the Vector community of AI professionals, researchers, and alumni.

To learn more about the winners entering MMath in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, check out this article from the Computer Science website.

Congratulations to UWaterloo’s 2021/22 VSAI winners! Details on the next nomination period for the 2022-23 academic year will be available in early Fall 2021.


 

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