Blakeley Hoffman of Irmo is one of two USC students to earn a GEM National Consortium Fellowship.

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs is pleased to announce De’Aira Bryant (Estill, SC) and Blakeley Hoffman (Irmo, SC) have each been awarded a GEM National Consortium Fellowship.

De’Aira Bryant of Estill and Hoffman were selected by Adobe Systems Incorporated, where they will complete the internship component of the fellowship. The GEM program seeks to enhance the participation of underrepresented groups at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. The fellowship provides a stipend, tuition assistance, and a paid summer internship in 2017. More than 4,000 GEM Fellowships have been awarded since the program’s inception 41 years ago.

Hoffman graduated this May from the South Carolina Honors College with majors in Computer Science and Mathematics. She is the Joseph Land Carolina Scholar, a 2016 Grace Hopper Scholar, a Lieber Scholar and a Palmetto Fellow. During her time as an undergraduate, Hoffman has conducted research exploring the use of humanoid robots as math tutors, algorithms for maximizing social welfare, and machine learning algorithms for autonomous driving. She has published in AAMAS, an internationally recognized conference in multiagent systems, and has presented her research across the country at institutions such as Stanford and UC Berkeley. Hoffman is committed to outreach and diversity in STEM. She is a founding member and the current Co-President of USC’s Women in Computing chapter, has co-founded a local Google CS First club, and serves as a College of Engineering and Computing Ambassador. Next year, Hoffman plans to pursue a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will conduct research to understand how technology is changing the nature of human cooperation and to design technologies to scale up human cooperation.

To learn more about the GEM Fellowship visit www.gemfellowship.org.