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Five UCSD Ph.D. Students Receive 2017 Siebel Scholar Awards

ARTICLE BY: Ming-Ray Liao

The UCSD Guardian

October 3rd 2016

Five UCSD Ph.D. students have been awarded the Siebel Scholar Award for distinction and given a financial reward of $35,000 each on Sept. 27. The Siebel Scholars Program honors students in the fields of bioengineering, business, computer science and energy science and selects about 90 people worldwide per year.

Thomas M. Siebel, chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation, expressed confidence in the recipient’s’ potential impacts in their respective fields.

“The Class of 2017 represents the best and brightest from around the globe and it’s my great pleasure to welcome them into this ever-growing, lifelong community,” Siebel said in a press release.

Ya-San Yeh, whose research focuses on using nanotechnology to design new drug delivery methods for cancer treatment, was elated when she received the award and hopes to connect and collaborate with Siebel Scholars in the future.

“The Siebel Scholar Award is not just a prestigious and generous award, [it is] more importantly a program aimed at connecting a diverse group of scholars … and creating opportunities to make a positive impact in technologies, policies and human health,” Yeh told the UCSD Guardian. “I am excited to have the chance to expand my network to include the remarkable engineering and business leaders within the Siebel Scholar community.”