Snigdha Chaturvedi is an assistant professor who studies natural language processing — how computers understand human languages. Endeavors recently spoke with Chaturvedi to learn what inspired her to pursue her field, how she’s overcome obstacles, and a little about her life beyond academics.
Assistant Professor Colin Raffel has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Raffel’s five-year grant, worth more than $535,700, is titled “Collaborative, Communal, and Continual Model Training for Democratizing Machine Learning.” The research will seek to enable community-developed and continually-improved machine learning models.
Graduate teaching assistants Kaki Ryan and Aaron Smith were recognized with Tanner Awards. Since 1990, UNC-Chapel Hill has given Tanner Awards to recognize excellence in the teaching of undergraduates by graduate teaching assistants. Winners receive a one-time stipend of $5,000 and a framed citation.
Vaidya is a Chancellor’s Science Scholar majoring in computer science with a minor in neuroscience. He founded a Carolina chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and has contributed to the work of researchers who are bridging the fields of computer science and neuroscience.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator leads department efforts in assessing current DEI practices and implementing initiatives. Tasked with developing a department vision, goals, and plan within the department, new staff member Briana Scurry is eager to make connections, gather information, and support the future of DEI in the department.