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Max Sehaumpai won a Barry Goldwater Scholarship

June 9, 2022

Max Sehaumpai is a junior at CCNY who will be graduating in Fall 2023. He recently won a 2022 Barry Goldwater Scholarship. This federally funded scholarship is America’s premier award for undergraduates majoring in math, science, and engineering.

Max Sehaumpai, a Queens native, came to CCNY as an applied math major, but eventually chose to double major in computer science as well. He didn’t know what he wanted to pursue initially, but CCNY opened the door for him with opportunities to work with various faculty, even outside of mathematics, which opened his eyes to a wide range of possibilities. He has been working with Prof. James Booth since the Fall 2020 semester under the City College Fellowship. Most of his work has been applying computer science techniques to storm surge data and doing statistical analysis to analyze patterns with cyclones.

“I love that CCNY doesn’t just support students in their division, but helps students as a whole”, he explains. “Prof. Asohan Amarasingham has also been a great advisor and everyone I’ve had interaction with has been so supportive”. He also encourages all students to reach out to people that they're genuinely interested in working with and when you feel tired and burnt out, remember how passionate you were in the beginning to rekindle the flame.

In addition to being the winner of a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, he was a City College Fellow from 2020-22 and a Climate Policy Fellow with the Colin Powel School in 2021-22 academic year. He plans on going to graduate school to become a professor in the future, since he really enjoys and feels comfortable in an academic environment.

He also credits Jennifer Lutton, Dr. Michael Wijaya, Prof. Joseph Bak, and Crystal Sawyer for all their advice and help along his journey.