Seven awards from the Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence (VSAI) will go to York University students. The scholarships are valued at $17,500 and strive to attract the best global talent to AI-related master’s programs in Ontario.
This year’s recipients are: Chang Cong (Master of Business Analytics (MBAN), Schulich School of Business); Amir Hassani, Ricardo Silva and Brigid Sterling (Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence (MMAI), Schulich School of Business); and Bhargavi Meka, Steniel Sy and Issac Ye (MSc in Computer Science).
The Vector Institute supports Ontario’s growing AI community through a combination of activities, such as talent placement via internships, networking and AI community-building and applied AI education.
“I was motivated to pursue graduate studies at Schulich because the MMAI program aligns with my future goals,” said Sterling. “The technical foundation of the program, coupled with courses exploring the ethical landscape of AI and change management, will prepare me for an industry experiencing evolution at an unprecedented rate.”
As the Vector Institute continues to position Ontario as the leader in AI innovation, the Vector Digital Talent Hub has been designed to connect affiliates with compelling internship and full-time career opportunities.
“After three years in software development, I decided to invest in the AI-based solutions, because I could see the contributions and impact they will have in our lives,” said Silva.
This is the third cohort of Vector Institute’s merit-based scholarship program that launched in 2018 to recognize AI talent in Ontario.