Viterbi Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

The Viterbi School of Engineering recognizes PhD students who have been actively engaged in mentoring undergraduate student researchers. Congratulations to our 2018 award winners, Ashrant Aryal and Caitlyn Clabaugh!

2017 Recipients

Si Shen

Si loves to teach. She is a born mentor and has consistenly sought out opportunities to teach and mentor, not only undergraduate students in her department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, but she has been active teaching K-12 students in the local Los Angeles community through “Teach for Los Angeles.” She also volunteers to teach high school equivelancy mathematics programs for the homeless at The Midnight Mission on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Si is also a recipient of the prestigious Chevron Fellowship. This competitive fellowship provides talented graduate students with full tuition and a living stipend. Si still wanted to be a Teaching Assistant. She gratefully accepted the Fellowship after her advisor promised her that she would still have the chance to be a Teaching Assistant. Her advisor desribes her as a superb researcher and said in her nomination, “If I synthesized a candidate for this award from a ‘wish list’ of qualities, I could hardly construct a more appropriate and deserving candidate.”
Congratulations, Si Shen!
Elaine Scheartl Short
Elaine is graduating with her PhD in Computer Science in Spring 2017. Since she began her program in the fall of 2010, she has mentored twenty-seven undergraduate research assistants, five high school students, and four post-Master’s students. She is a recipient of two prestigious fellowships, USC’s Provost Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Elaine is a strong mentor for women and underrepresented minority groups and has worked to build a community of women engineers by co-founding the USC PhD Women in Computer Science Group. This group was able to obtain support for 20 undergraduate and graduate students to attend conferences and organize research collaboration events. She is also the recipient of the Best Teaching Assistant Award for her work with students in their first year of the Computer Science degree. Elaine intends to pursue a career in academia and will undoubtedly enjoy a successful one. Congratulations, Elaine!