Two EECS students among those named Schwarzman Scholars

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December 5, 2016

Kimberly Benard | Office of Distinguished Fellowships

Lisa Ho and Anita Liu will study for one year at Tsinghua University in China.

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Left: Anita Liu ’17, Right: Lisa Ho ’17


Three undergraduate and one graduate student from MIT have been selected as Schwarzman Scholars. They are among the 129 members of the program’s class of 2018, who will pursue a year of study and leadership training at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

MIT’s four students, Alix de Monts ’14, Lisa Ho, Anita Liu, and Melody Liu, will study public policy, economics and business, and international studies, and spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators, and senior leaders in business, politics, and society. Expenses for each scholar are fully funded by the program, which is housed at Tsinghua University.

Lisa Ho is a senior in computer science and mathematical economics. She plans to develop an international network of researchers dedicated to improving education, using economics and machine learning together to devise intelligent policy. She taught students in Oklahoma City and Boston, ran MIT’s Educational Studies Program (which annually teaches more than 3,000 students), developed engineering education software for Google, and examined principal management practices as a researcher for Harvard’s Department of Economics.

Anita Liu is majoring in computer science and engineering and in brain and cognitive sciences, with a minor in political science. She dreams of a world in which children are cared for and guided to achieve their full potential. She has participated in multiple policy internships on child care issues, and she is the executive director of a nonprofit dedicated to dual athletic-academic mentorship for underresourced Boston high school students. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she hopes to develop both leadership skills and a refined understanding of policy.

See the full list of recipients on MIT News.