For an aspiring data scientist like Sambhav Shrestha ’22, applying to the prestigious Microsoft Data Science Summer School (DS3) was a matter of course.
“Microsoft DS3 aligned perfectly with my goals of becoming a researcher in the fields of data science and machine learning,” Shrestha said. “Being a math and computer science student living in New York City, not applying would be out of the question!”
This summer, Shrestha joined the growing ranks of SJC math and computer science scholars who have been selected for this globally recognized program. DS3 includes coursework in data science and group research projects. With an emphasis on increasing diversity in computer science, the program was taught by leading scientists at Microsoft Research remotely due to the pandemic.
“Sambhav is an excellent, hard-working student whose talents were quickly apparent. In his native Nepal, he received the ‘Student of the Year’ award for earning the ‘topper’ in nationwide exams,” said David Seppala-Holtzman, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer science at SJC Brooklyn.
“Because it was a remote experience, they shortened the program to four weeks from eight weeks, which was a real bummer for me as it went by so fast,” Shrestha said. “However, the virtual experience was also great and really fun nonetheless.”