Yunmeng Ban chosen as Microsoft Scholar

Doctoral student Yunmeng Ban is the recipient of a 2014 Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship. She is one of ten scholars chosen from 101 applicants.

The Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. Along with the scholarship funds, she will also receive a travel award to attend a research conference in her field of study.

Ban is advised by Associate Professor Yanlei Diao and is a member of the Database and Information Management Lab. Her research interest is distributed database management systems, with a focus on data streams, big data analytics, and storage. This Fall, Ban received the Jim Gray Scholarship in Computer Science, awarded by the UMass Amherst School of Computer Science.