USF Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Blanche Pinto awarded the 2019-2020 Nutanix Women in Technology Scholarship
October 25, 2019
USF Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Blanche Pinto was awarded the 2019-2020 Nutanix Women in Technology Scholarship in the amount of $7,500.
Pinto, advised by CSE Assistant Professor Marvin Andujar in the Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab, is working on projects in the areas of human-computer interaction, particularly brain-computer interfaces and AR/VR.
“Pursuing a degree in a competitive field like computer science is challenging, even more so when you're a minority in your field. It's encouraging to know that companies like Nutanix believe in me and my abilities! This scholarship has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal of being a Ph.D. by giving me the opportunity to focus more time in conducting research and not having to worry about the financial costs and I am tremendously grateful,” Pinto said.
Nutanix awarded 10 scholarships to students who identify as female and are pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or software engineering. Three of the scholarships were awarded to students in the United States, three to students in India, two to students in the United Kingdom and two to students in Serbia.
Scholarships were awarded based on the student’s GPA, leadership and communication skills, community service record, and demonstration of good character.
According to their website, “Nutanix strongly believes in the power of diversity and we want to increase the ratio of women on our engineering teams. So, we’re creating scholarships to help young women develop the skills they need to pursue their passion of computer science.”