Four Bachelor's graduates honored in the Global Undergraduates Awards 2022
The excellence of the Bachelor's program at École Polytechnique owes much to its students since its launch. This is highlighted once again by the distinction of four students from the class of 2022 by the Global Undergraduaates Awards.
Two graduates of the class of 2022 - Guruprerana Shabadi and Vincent Sietses - are among the 25 global winners of this prestigious program, launched in 2008 to reward the academic work of undergraduate students around the world in 25 categories.
Two other Bachelor's graduates - Estelle Martin and Rémy Seassau - are among the list of highly commended students in the Global Undergraduates Awards 2022.
An academic awards program that recognizes the research work of undergraduate students, the Global Undergraduate Awards are presented by a nonprofit organization under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
Undergraduate students are invited to submit their work in one of 25 categories, which represent a wide range of academic disciplines: Architecture and Design, History and Art Theory, Business, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Classical Studies and Archaeology, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering, History, Linguistics, Law, Life Sciences, Literature, Mathematics and Physics, Medical Sciences, Music, Film and Theatre, Nursing, Obstetrics and Allied Health, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Sociology and Social Policy, and Visual Arts.
Applications are evaluated anonymously by a panel of international scholars. The top 10% of applications from each region in each category are declared "Highly Commended". The top-performing entrant from each region is named the regional winner in their category, while the top Highly Commended entrant is named the global winner.
Global winner in the Computer Science category, Guruprerana Shabadi, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics & Computer Science and was awarded a scholarship for excellence funded by the École Polytechnique Foundation. He continues his studies at the École Polytechnique and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, where he has integrated the Master's degree in Computer Science. His research interests are in formal methods and safe automation, and his work consists in developing tools to verify the safety and fairness properties of Artificial Intelligence systems. His long-term goal is to build a world in which autonomous systems are both ubiquitous and safe, and where automation contributes to sustainable development.
Vincent Sietses, a World Laureate in the category of Mathematics and Physics and a summa cum laude graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics, is currently pursuing the Master of Science in Applied Physics at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and hopes to join QuTech, a leading institution in the research of fundamental principles and applications of quantum physics.
Estelle Martin, distinguished among the highly recommended students in Mathematics and Physics and graduated cum laude with a double major in Mathematics and Physics, is currently an AeroAstro Master's student at MIT. She is co-founder and CTO of the start-up Aura, a platform for investing in algae production projects for CO2 storage.
Remy Séassau, one of the 10 highly recommended Computer Science students and a graduate of the Bachelor's double major Mathematics & Computer Science with cum laude honors is currently in the Computer Science Master's program at Oxford University.
Launched in 2017, the Bachelor's program, with its scientific and multidisciplinary dimension, is backed by X's research and delivered by teacher-researchers from the École Polytechnique. It celebrated its third graduation in 2022, and confirmed that it opens the door to excellent academic paths both in France and internationally, with more than 70% of its graduates entering a top-ranked university in France or one of the world's Top 40 for their further studies.