Date Posted: 2/05/2015

Xanda Schofield has won a Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship. The award supports the second year of each winners' graduate study, and only ten are given annually, to first-year female graduate students worldwide in the areas of computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, bioinformatics, and information science. (Schofield's win does not preclude eligibility for the Microsoft PhD Fellowship, which is open only to third- and fourth-year PhD students.)

Schofield's research interests are in topic modeling, with specific interests in phenomena in corpora with significant spelling or grammatical variation (such as Early Modern English or Twitter shorthand), and creating scalable and widely-accessible tools for topic modeling.