Ji “Atlas” Chen, MFA student at the NYU Tisch Game Center, was one of two students nationwide selected to receive the Randy Pausch Scholarship from philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), the AIAS Foundation. Chen will receive $2,500 to support his MFA studies.
One of the largest professional video games organizations in the world, AIAS was created with the mission of advancing the artistic values of the interactive entertainment community. The Randy Pausch Scholarship was established in 2008 to honor the memory of computer science professor and co-founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Randy Pausch, in order to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment.
"The Randy Pausch Scholarships seek to encourage and support a diverse mix of students pursuing games industry careers; students who will help build this young art form in ways we can only imagine today,” said Don Daglow, president and creative director at Daglow Entertainment and president of the AIAS Foundation.
About the Game Center at NYU Tisch
The Game Center offers a 2-year Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree program that explores the design and development of games as a creative practice. The curriculum is centered on the creation of games and includes game design, criticism, programming, and visual design. For more information, visit http://gamecenter.nyu.edu.