Computer science student wins 2023 Graduate Leadership Anchor Award

Computer science student Yu Wang has won a research award, one of five 2023 Graduate Leadership Anchor Awards, announced by the Vanderbilt Graduate Student Council. The Anchor Awards recognize graduate student leaders across the university.

Yu Wang

Wang’s research focuses on data mining and machine learning, with a specific emphasis on recommendation systems and mitigating data quality issues in machine learning on network data. His work addresses important issues related to fairness in AI systems, such as mitigating bias against underrepresented groups.

Since 2022, Wang has published six works as first author. One of his papers won Vanderbilt’s C.F. Chen Best Paper Award in computer science. He also is the recipient of a Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Scholars Award at Vanderbilt.

Wang works in the Network and Data Science (NDS) lab at Vanderbilt, led by Tyler Derr, assistant professor of computer science. “Yu’s contributions to research have been exemplary. He is an outstanding role model for current and future students in the lab, the department, and the university,” Derr said.

Graduate Student Council’s awards this year included a service award, mentorship award, departmental leadership award, and best overall award.