Jacob Gilbert has been selected as a co-winner of the 2019-2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for the Department of Computer Science.  This award is presented each year to the CS major or majors who best represent the Computer Science Department and its standards of excellence both inside and outside the classroom. 

Jacob’s Pitt Experience

Coming to Pitt, I really did not know what to expect. I had never lived in a city before and due to other circumstances, I had not even visited the campus before my first semester! However, I met some friends I am sure I will keep for the rest of my life, and I was lucky enough to find a club I really loved, SEMFS (Science, Engineering, and Mathematics for Service) that allowed me to express my enthusiasm for fun STEM topics. And of course, I learned a lot of Math and Computer Science (and Art History!) in my classes, which were often challenging and frustrating but rewarding when I finally understood everything.

Fortunately, I had some great guidance from many professors, especially my research leader Dr. Pruhs and my original advisor of several years, Dr. Garrison.  With their help, I have been accepted to the University of Maryland in their Computer Science PhD program in which my current plan is to focus on Algorithms and Theory.  Keeping the world situation in mind, I will hopefully be moving to Maryland in the fall to begin the program.  I am excited to start the next chapter of my life, but I will definitely miss Pittsburgh and the people I’ve met here… and the view from the 35th floor of Cathy.

More information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-gilbert-405305187/


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