Cesar Torres Receives Microsoft Dissertation Grant

28 Jun, 2017

Cesar Torres Receives Microsoft Dissertation Grant

César Torres, BCNM DE and EECS Ph.D Candidate, recieved a Microsoft Dissertation Grant for his work in the Hybrid Ecologies Lab!

The Microsoft Dissertation Grant program is a research grant for Ph.D students in US and Canadian universities for minority students.

From the Microsoft website:

"The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant aims to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for doctoral students from groups under-represented in computing (women, African-Americans/Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and/or people with disabilities).

"This grant program offers selected doctoral students doing computing research at U.S. and Canadian universities up to US $20,000 to fund their dissertation work. This program is open to students currently under-represented in the technology sector, including women, people with disabilities, and people who are African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, reflecting Microsoft’s commitment to growing the number of diverse students obtaining computing degrees. A key goal of this grant is to broaden participation and diversify the high-tech workforce."

Torres is advised by Eric Paolos. His current thesis focus explores how digital fabrication technologies can constrain, guide, or disrupt how we creatively work with physical and computational materials. He also serves as a coordinator for the weekly Berkeley Institute of Design Seminar Series. This summer, he's is lecturing for CS160: Intro to UI Design and Programming at Cal!

Read more about the grant here and more about César Torres here.