Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

I still remember the harrowing experience of my father being rushed to the hospital because of a sudden cardiac arrest. The feeling of helplessness I felt that day compelled me to find out if there’s a way to predict such critical health conditions. Soon after in 2016, my team and I developed an android app that used data analytics and artificial intelligence to predict the probability of a person having heart disease. This piece of code that worked so seamlessly gave me a glimpse of hope and motivated me to explore Artificial Intelligence.

My aspiration to pursue a graduate degree in computer science is underscored with a belief that AI has the potential to better the lives of billions of people around the world. The applications of AI cover a plethora of fields including healthcare, education and finance. Especially, in countries like India, where the doctor to patient ratio is approximately 1:1000, AI can free up a doctor’s time by providing an initial diagnosis. Augmenting quality of healthcare is only one of the many solutions AI has to offer. Natural language processing can be useful to transform the education industry. AI also has a huge benefit in the world of finance.

Artificial Intelligence has been around for a long time. But it gained traction only from the year 2012. To use AI to the full extent and build sophisticated applications, one needs specialized knowledge in computer science areas like theory, systems and artificial intelligence. The faculty, community and resources at top universities like Stony Brook, University of California San Diego can help widen the horizons of my knowledge in computer science, AI and help achieve my goals.

On successful completion of my graduate education, I intend to return to my homeland and venture to start my entrepreneurial journey. The scholarship money would really help me a lot. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Reddy Dheeraj from New York
Stony Brook University