Friday, April 19, 2024

We have amazing PhD students in CS who are conducting research that will make the world a better place. For example, Ingroj Shrestha is designing algorithms to detect and mitigate bias exhibited by the current generation of large language models (LLMs), which are used in systems like ChatGPT, and thus his research has the potential for tremendous societal impact.”

- Prof. Steve Goddard
Director of Graduate Studies — CS

“[I am] delighted that Ingroj’s research has been awarded the Ballard and Seashore fellowship. His research on detecting and mitigating bias of different kinds in large language models is crucial to maintaining fairness when using these models.”

- Prof. Padmini Srinivasan
PhD Advisor

About the Fall 2024 Graduate College Fellow

PhD candidate Ingroj Shrestha (CS - 6th year) was awarded a Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship.

Ingroj Shrestha

"I am truly grateful and honored to receive this prestigious award. This  will provide me with focused time to complete my dissertation on the detection and mitigation of bias in large language models. I extend my sincere gratitude to the CS department and my advisor for their support."

- Ingroj Shrestha
Advisor: Padmini Srinivasan

Shrestha had recently received a Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship for Spring ‘24! 

About the Fellowship

Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship
This fellowship program provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to benefit from a final semester of protected and supported time to focus on completing their scholarly research activities and the writing of their dissertations. 

Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship
This fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students to benefit from protected and supported time to pursue their scholarly research activities. The fellowship is intended to recognize students with distinguished academic achievement during their early graduate training. These achievements should be evident from a combination of outstanding academic performance in coursework, as well as early scholarly research activities. Students who have held teaching assistantships in the previous two semesters will have priority.