Monday, April 21

Accepted a position in the PhD program at UMass Amherst

It's official, I will be entering the PhD program in Comp Sci. at UMass Amherst this September. I plan to specialize in Information Retrieval at the CIIR.

I was accepted into the PhD program at UMass and the Master's program at Carnegie-Mellon in the LTI. Choosing between the two programs was a really difficult decision. However, in the end it came down to the funding offers and personal reasons (friends and family in New England, and the beautiful Amherst area). The students and faculty I met at UMass were friendly and reflected the strength of their program. I look forward to working with them this fall.

I want to especially thank Ben Ransford from UMass and Aaron Phillips from CMU. They were my student hosts and were both very gracious and generous with their time. It was a pleasure getting to know them.

I also applied to: MIT, Columbia, the University of Washington, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Maryland. There were also a number of great universities that I didn't apply to for personal reasons.

Also, over the next few months I will talk more about my plans and elaborate more on interesting research problems.


  1. Congratulations Jeff. As I'm sure you know, its a terrific program.

    BTW -- Sorry I didn't get to meet you while you were here in Pittsburgh.

  2. Jon, thank you.

    I'm looking forward to meeting at conferences and scuh. Perhaps I will see you at CMU or UMass in the future as well.

  3. Congrats! All future messages will start with "How close are you to defending?"

  4. Anonymous10:32 AM EDT

    We look forward to having you. I recommend you start prepping for

  5. Congratulations, Jeff. It's a great program. Good luck in your new career. I'm sure I'll see you again in future conferences.