Graduate Research Awards

The Outstanding Graduate Student Awards for significant accomplishments in research are presented annually by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Office of the Provost.

Award Recipients 

emmaEmily Cummins, doctoral candidate in sociology
Emily’s graduate work has centered on the structural and cultural influences that underpin gender inequality. She is a co-author of five publications in highly reputable journals, and is the first author of a forthcoming article in the most prominent American journal for the sociology of gender. Last year, she won an award from the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies for her “excellent work of feminist scholarship” that illustrated the disconnect between a certain liberal U.S. discourse about women’s empowerment and the real needs of poor women seeking work. Emily’s faculty mentors describe her as “a skilled ethnographer and a sophisticated thinker in her own right.”

emmaBolin Hu, doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering

In the past five years, Bolin’s work has been focused on developing integrated passive electronics for next-generation radar and communication platforms. She has been remarkably productive, having published 18 peer-reviewed articles and filed a U.S. patent application as a co-inventor. Her nomination letter states that “Bolin’s record of research far exceeds that of an average graduate student and in many ways exceeds that of many junior faculty members in the field.” An innovative researcher with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, Bolin is in her final semester of doctoral study at Northeastern.

emmaSheng Li, doctoral candidate in computer engineering

Sheng’s research covers machine learning and data mining, with a focus on developing scalable algorithms to learn effective representations for data. He is a member of the SMILE Lab, which focuses on applied machine learning, social media analytics, humancomputer interaction, and high-level image and video understanding. He has published more than 20 journal articles and conference papers and won multiple awards for his work, including the Best Paper Award at the 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining in 2014, the top honor out of 389 submissions. Sheng is also credited for his leadership in teamwork. He is a co-inventor on two patents, one filed in the U.S. and the other in China.