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January 31, 2022

Doctoral student Shiyue Zhang was awarded a 2021-2022 Bloomberg Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship in natural language processing. The fellowship covers up to three years of tuition and fees, plus a stipend to be used for living expenses and attending professional conferences. As part of the fellowship, Zhang will also be paired with a mentor from Bloomberg.

The Bloomberg Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship Program was created to “provide support and encouragement for a successful Ph.D. candidate, including groundbreaking publications in both academic journals and conference proceedings, application development, open-source contributions, and/or other forms of research dissemination.” Zhang is one of nine recipients worldwide for 2021-2022.

Zhang is part of the Multimodal Understanding, Reasoning, and Generation for Language (MURGe) Lab at UNC, where she is advised by John R. & Louise S. Parker Associate Professor Mohit Bansal. Bansal praised Zhang and highlighted the impact of her research.

“A very big congratulations to Shiyue for this well-deserved Bloomberg fellowship award,” Bansal said, “recognizing her important work in the field of summarization and revitalization of endangered languages!”

Zhang’s research focuses on natural language generation. In the past, she has worked on methods for question generation, summarization, and machine translation for endangered languages, including Cherokee. Her research has been published at several top-ranked conferences, including the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP).