Siebel Scholars Award Creates Unmatched Networking Community Published: November 17, 2014 By: Melissa Hellmann 2015 UC Berkeley Siebel Scholars This September, The Siebel Scholars Award was granted to eight Berkeley graduate students for excellence in their field. This award allows students to collaborate with others from a variety of fields. The following students joined the ranks of more than 950 Siebel Scholars throughout the country. Bioengineering Sergey Boyarskiy, 6th year Ph.D. candidate Wen-Chin Huang, 4th year Ph.D. candidate Sophie Wong,6th year Ph.D. candidate Erh-Chia Yeh, 6th year Ph.D. candidate Bo Zheng, 6th year Ph.D. candidate Computer Science Matthew Fong, First year M.S. student Henry Lu, First year M.S. student Xinchen Ye, First year M.Eng student Established in 2000 by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the Siebel Scholars Program awards students at the top of their class in graduate programs of computer science, business, and bioengineering with a $35,000 award to finance their final years of study. Sergey Boyarskiy who is focusing on synthetic biology, comments that the greatest honor of the award is being inducted into a prestigious society with people of various expertise. “The whole community in general is full of great people from different backgrounds where not only can people learn about what I do, but I get exposed to a lot of really new, interesting things that are happening throughout the country.” Danny Huang says that the greatest benefit of the award is that he is now able to bounce ideas off people from diverse backgrounds. “I can communicate with other people in computer science and business and we can discuss the future of science,” Huang said. “We can improve the future.” Huang, who is currently focusing on using stem cells and biomaterial to enhance the recovery of an injury, says that he can also pose questions to other Siebel Scholars on the website and improve his knowledge by attending Siebel Scholars conferences and lectures. “These distinguished students join entrepreneurs, researchers, and philanthropists from past Siebel Scholars classes to form an unmatched professional and personal network — bringing together diverse insights and perspectives from business and engineering disciplines at the forefront of solutions to global challenges,” said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. To learn more about the program, visit the Siebel Scholars Program website.