NYU SPS is a leading, transformative force on our campus and within the industries we impact because of each of you and the community you build here every day. That community is growing. After receiving a record number of applications for the Spring ‘24 term, we achieved a record spring enrollment, a testament to the quality of our program offerings and the value of an NYU SPS education.
This value is demonstrated in numerous ways. Just one example: Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport students Smit Bajaj and Viren Bhatia ranked first place in the undergraduate track of the 2024 NFL Big Data Bowl, competing against 90 other peers. Congratulations to Smit and Viren and the many NYU SPS community members who are leading innovation in their fields and industries each day.
Our SPS community is also involved in critical conversations about how we live and work and the advances that will shape our collective future, both on campus and beyond. I am proud that NYU SPS has been at the forefront of important discussions on AI, and I am looking forward to this week’s 2nd NYU Artificial Intelligence Forum, which will convene top voices on this issue inside and outside NYU.
We will continue to build the culture of excellence embodied by these achievements and so many others. Our focus will always remain on student success inside and outside the classroom through real world, experiential learning and by keeping access and equity at the center of our mission.
And I will continue to be inspired by the work we do collectively to build purpose-driven transformation. On that note, as NYU celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, this special schedule of events is an important reminder of the ways we can come together.