HSE Students Win Google’s Anita Borg Scholarships
Two HSE students have won the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, founded by Google to support women studying computer technology. The scholarship is awarded for academic achievement, leadership qualities and interest in computer sciences.
One of the winners, Polina Kirienko — a first year student on the Applied Mathematics and Information Science programme at the Faculty of Computer Science — got interested in IT when she was going on 16, in the 9th Grade at school. In 10th grade she took part in the International Student Science Fair in England. When she was in 11th Grade her paper on Language Programming E-English won first prize at the Yandex for School’s Conference. At the moment Polina comes second in class in her course rankings.
The others scholarship winner is Ekaterina Ageeva, third year student on the Fundamental and Computational Linguistics programme at the Faculty of Humanities. In 2014 Ekaterina won the international competition for her part in Summer with Google where she worked on a new method for evaluating the quality of computer translations. She also was involved in improving the dictionary of Russian synonyms, developed a framework for computer musicology and mentored schoolchildren on the Google Code-In project and made a training site for academic writing which is used several HSE faculties.
In 2014 Ekaterina joined the list of Golden Vyshka winners in the Silver Fledgling category.
Polina and Ekaterina will each receive scholarships of 7,000 Euros and will go to Britain in the summer to meet other Anita Borg scholars and women leaders in the IT industry.
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