Sleepy Hollow student receives Davidson Fellows


SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – An 18-year-old student from Sleepy Hollow is one of 20 students across the country to be awarded a Davidson Institute Fellows.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program recently announced its 2021 recipients, including Owen Dugan, 18, of Sleepy Hollow.

He won a $ 10,000 grant for the development of new machine learning techniques.

“I am honored to be a Davidson Fellow, to see my work recognized nationally and to join the Davidson Fellows community,” said Dugan.

For his project, he developed several new techniques to improve and extend the reach of OccamNet, a novel interpretable neural network architecture, with the aim of increasing the adoption of interpretable and reliable machine learning techniques.

Bob Davidson, founder of the Davidson Institute, said the fellows have taken on the challenges of a global pandemic to complete important projects in their fields of study.

“To receive this recognition, these students have demonstrated immense skill and work ethic, and they should be commended as they continue their educational and research journey while continuing to work to resolve some of the issues. thorniest in the world, ”he said.

The 2021 Davidson Fellows were honored in a virtual ceremony in September.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program offers college scholarships of $ 50,000, $ 25,000, and $ 10,000 to students 18 years of age or younger who have completed significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature and music.

The scholarship has provided more than $ 8.6 million in funds to 386 students since its inception in 2001, and has been named one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by American News and World Report. This is a program of the Davidson Institute, a national nonprofit organization based in Reno, Nevada that supports deeply gifted young people.

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