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Jacob Andreas, SEAS ’12, Won a Churchill Scholarship

Doing him proud

Last week, Jacob Andreas became the first Columbia student since 1963—and the second in our school’s history—to be offered the prestigious Churchill Scholarship. The prize allows graduating seniors the opportunity to pursue studies in the fields of science, math, and engineering at the University of Cambridge for one year, where Andreas is looking to obtain a master’s degree in computer science.

Andreas has been involved in the study of natural language processing throughout most of his time at Columbia, and will dedicate the majority of his year at Cambridge to working on a research project rather than taking classes. He credits a lack of awareness about the award for Columbia’s comparatively meager number of Churchill Scholarship winners, and stated that “Nobody else even applied.”

Bwog extends congratulations to Jacob, and wishes him the best of luck at Cambridge as he continues to bring the robot revolution ever closer.

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18 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Jacob Andreas is SO CUTE. Watch out, England.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Just cyber-stalked him. Man, he is cute!

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous apparently he’s cute.
        thoughts on whether that helped get him an internationally acclaimed scholarship?

    2. forgive me, Jacob says:

      @forgive me, Jacob Jacob was my date to junior prom back in high school, and is quite the gentleman in addition to being a rockstar computer scientist, writer, public speaker, cook and musician. Get your flirt on, ladies.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous way to go!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous PHILOOOOOOOO

  • Adam and John says:

    @Adam and John You’re soo0 pretty!!!

    1. cust says:

      @cust this definitely helped him get the scholarship

  • I can't remember says:

    @I can't remember the last time i did anything amazing. This kid seems really smart.

  • Dan says:

    @Dan Wooo! Doing Philo proud, Mr. Andreas! Surgam (or “surges,” or possibly “surrexeris”)!

  • Jacob Andreas facts says:

    @Jacob Andreas facts Jacob Andreas doesn’t know whether P=NP, but he doesn’t care because he built a non-deterministic Turing machine.

    Jacob Andreas wrote an implementation for HTCPCP that was both short and stout.

    Jacob Andreas tested his N-gram analyzer on its own source code. All counts were one because Jacob Andreas refactors away all repetition.

    Jacob Andreas gave the dining philosophers type II diabetes.

    Jacob Andreas’s first hello world program is considered prior art for all software patents.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Congratulations! It is true that not as many Columbians apply for Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill scholarships, etc, as compared to other ivies. We need to increase this.

    1. Lulz says:

      @Lulz Get your facts straight: plenty of people apply, but HYP have far superior Fellowships Offices.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Seriously. They made the mistake of changing staff during the fall semester, which is when most seniors were in the throes of the fellowship and grad school application process. We did manage to steal Paul Bohlmann away from Harvard. Jury’s out if that will help anything.

        1. Yep, says:

          @Yep, but I just have to make one correction: they switched up staff in the SPRING and didn’t bother getting a replacement dean until this semester. Our tuition dollars at work!

          – CC ’12

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous We had four Rhodes finalists this year:

        – Michael Enciso
        – Holly Dykstra
        – Zach Levine
        – Mark Hay

  • Dana says:

    @Dana CONGRATS, JAKE!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous As if all my CS TA’s weren’t intimidating enough…

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