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Princeton University Joins the Siebel Scholars Program

Siebel Foundation Grants $2 Million to Princeton University, Department of Computer Science

PALO ALTO, Calif.September 7, 2011—The Siebel Scholars Foundation today announced it has expanded the Siebel Scholars program to include top computer science graduate students from Princeton University. Every year, five Siebel Scholars will be selected from Princeton University’s Department of Computer Science, based on academic excellence and leadership, to join an active community of more than 700 Siebel Scholars. Each of these talented individuals will also receive a $35,000 award for his or her final year of graduate studies.

The Siebel Scholars program was founded in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering and to form an active, lifelong community among an ever-growing group of leaders. This exceptional group has the unique opportunity to directly influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future. Siebel Scholars serve as key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates.

“We are honored that Princeton University has been chosen by the Siebel Foundation to join the Siebel Scholars program,” said H. Vincent Poor, Dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. “It is a unique opportunity for Princeton’s Siebel Scholars to join an active community of leaders, enabling cross-disciplinary collaboration on issues of global importance.”

As the fourth-oldest college in the United States and a world-renowned research university, Princeton University has been at the forefront of computing since residents Alan Turing, Alonzo Church, and John von Neumann pioneered breakthrough concepts in mathematics during the 1930s. Today’s computer science innovations include advances in theory, systems, graphics and media, programming languages, computational science, security, artificial intelligence, and computational biology, leading the National Research Council to rank Princeton’s computer science department as among the best in the nation.

“The Siebel Scholars represent a diverse community that brings together the top minds from business, computer science, and bioengineering,” said Karen Roter Davis, Executive Director of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. “Expanding the Siebel Scholars program to Princeton University—with its rich history of breakthrough research—further strengthens the Siebel Scholars community’s ability to work together to solve critical social challenges.”

Each year, Siebel Scholars examine the world’s most pressing problems with heads of state, scientists, lawmakers, and experts in search of solutions. Current Siebel Scholars and alumni of the program will convene from October 14-16 at the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia to explore the science, applications, benefits, and risks of synthetic biology with world-renowned scientific, industry, ethics, and policy experts.

The Siebel Foundation also today announced the 2012 Siebel Scholars. This year’s honorees from Princeton University, School of Engineering and Applied Science are: Anirudh Badam, Robert Dockins, Nicholas Jones, Wyatt Lloyd, and Chong Wang.

For more information about the Siebel Scholars program, please visit

About the Siebel Scholars Foundation
The Siebel Scholars program was founded in 2000 by the Siebel Foundation to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering. Today, our active community of more than 700 recipients from 19 graduate programs serves as advisors to the Siebel Foundation and works collaboratively to find solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation—a nonprofit, public benefit corporation established as a private foundation in 1996—donated more than $45 million to fund the Siebel Scholars program. Its mission is to support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. The Siebel Foundation funds projects to support the homeless and underprivileged, educational and research programs, methamphetamine abuse prevention, and alternative energy solutions. The Siebel Foundation engages in strategic philanthropy; as such, it does not entertain grant requests, but invests in projects it creates and operates. For more information, please visit

About Princeton University
Princeton University is unique in combining the strengths of a world-leading research institution with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. At Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, research and teaching focus on the pursuit of fundamental knowledge as well as multidisciplinary collaborations that make technology effective in solving societal problems. The engineering school is committed to preparing all students—engineers as well as students from across the University—to become leaders in an increasingly technology-driven society. For more information, please visit

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