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Jaemin Cho earned a Bloomberg Ph.D. Fellowship
June 25, 2024

Doctoral student Jaemin Cho received a prestigious Bloomberg Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship. Cho was one of only nine selected for the 2023-2024 cohort.

The goal of the fellowship, according to Bloomberg, is to support and encourage doctoral students to generate groundbreaking research publications, open source contributions, and/or other forms of research dissemination. Bloomberg fellows are supported both financially and through mentorship, career counseling, and research internships. The fellowship will cover tuition and provide a stipend to cover Cho’s living expenses, professional conferences, or research expenses.

Cho’s research centers around building reliable machine learning systems that understand various types of real-world data. He has authored publications accepted to several academic conferences spanning machine learning, multimodal learning, computer vision, and natural language processing.

He is part of the Multimodal Understanding, Reasoning, and Generation for Language Lab (MURGE-Lab) within the UNC Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Group (UNC-NLP) and is advised by John R. & Louise S. Parker Associate Professor Mohit Bansal. While undertaking his doctoral research, Cho has held summer research positions at Google Research, Microsoft Research, and Adobe Research.

Cho expressed appreciation for the opportunity and excitement for what he will accomplish through the fellowship.

“I am honored and grateful to receive the Bloomberg Data Science PhD Fellowship,” Cho said. “Many thanks to my advisor Mohit, everyone at the UNC CS department, and all my collaborators and mentors. This could not happen without their great support.”

“I plan to use the fellowship opportunity to study how to improve multimodal AI systems to be more accurate, efficient, and reliable.”

More information about the Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship can be found on the Bloomberg website. Bloomberg’s introduction of the 2023-2024 cohort includes Cho’s answers to four questions ahead of his fellowship.

Cho is the third UNC Computer Science doctoral student to receive the Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship since its inception in 2018, following Shiyue Zhang in 2021-2022 and Hao Tan in 2019-2020.