Informatics Ph.D. student Katherine Lo has received the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship supports women in technology with a $10,000 financial award for the academic year as well as an invitation to the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat, which offers unique professional development and community outreach opportunities, at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. In addition to her Ph.D. studies, Lo is an adviser to the student organization Women in Information and Computer Sciences (WICS) at UC Irvine. She has previously received an honorable mention from the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
The scholarship is named for the late Dr. Anita Borg, who was committed to dismantling barriers for women and minorities in technology. Google memorializes Dr. Borg through this scholarship in “hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field,” according to the scholarship website.