McCourt School of Public Policy
Massive Data Institute

MDI Scholars

The MDI Scholars program was launched in 2019 through the Massive Data Institute (MDI) as an experiential learning opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to work alongside researchers and practitioners to engage in interdisciplinary data science and public policy research across Georgetown.

Research

In partnership with faculty and participations, MDI Scholars participate in interdisciplinary data science and public policy research across Georgetown.

Skills-building

Students meet 4 times a semester to deep-dive on relevant data science tools and theories and exchange ideas to build their understanding of tools and methods used by researchers and practitioners.

Showcase

At the end of the semester, MDI Scholars present findings from their research at the MDI Scholars Showcase. This is an opportunity for a broader audience to learn more about students’ research.

Fall 2022 MDI Scholar Application

Look out for information for the Fall 2022 cohort applications on our Twitter feed @MassiveData_GU.

Current MDI Scholars

MDI Scholars work with faculty and researchers on cutting edge research projects at the intersection of data science and public policy. They are undergraduate and graduate students from across the University who form a community of like-minded people who are advancing data analysis for public policy at Georgetown.

Alia Abdelkader, (She/Her)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’23

Alex Adams, (He/Him)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’22
 

Caroline Adams, (She/Her)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’23

Robert Alward, (He/Him)

McDonough School of Business ’22

Merykokeb Belay, (She/Her)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’22

Phillip Cork, (he/him)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’23

Paul-Emmanuel Courtines, (he/him)

Georgetown College ’22

Samantha Dies, (She/Her)

Georgetown College, Computer Science ’22

Natasha Dolmon, (She/Her)

School of Continuing Studies, Masters ’23

Gwyneth Dunlevy, (She,Her)

Georgetown School of Arts & Sciences, Masters of Computer Science ’22

Gloria Li, (She/Her)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’22

Nikhila Iyer, (She/Her)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’23

Darren Jian, (He/Him)

Georgetown College ’22

Alexander Lin, (she/her)

Walsh School of Foreign Service ’23

Ying Liu, (she/her)

Georgetown College, Data Science and Analytics ’22

Chau Nguyen, (She/Her)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy ’22

Aidan Pizzo, (He/Him)

Georgetown College ’23

Anna Pogrebivsky, (she/her)

Georgetown College ’22

Abhinav Ramaswamy, (He/Him)

Walsh School of Foreign Service, Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service ’22
 

Matthew Ring, (He/Him)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’22

Ryan Ripper, (he/him)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’23

Shaila Sundram, (she/her)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Data Science for Public Policy ’23

Varun Uppala, (He/Him)

Georgetown School of Arts & Sciences, Computer Science ’22

Joyce Yang, (She/Her)

Walsh School of Foreign Service ’23

Colette Yeager, (she/her)

McCourt School of Public Policy, Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy ’23

Jack Zhang, (He/Him)

Georgetown College ’22

Spring 2022 Scholar Showcase Posters

In May, MDI Scholars presented their research projects to faculty, classmates, and community members during the MDI Scholars Research Showcase. 

Highlighted Themes of Past Projects

Climate Change/Sustainability

Climate change is a pressing issue that affects both the ecosystem as well as our society. As environmental conditions transform, policies, laws, and government organization will have to evolve.

The Social Science and Social Media Collaborative

The abundance of data from social media presents an opportunity to understand social and political trends.

Research Advisors

Michael Bailey, (He/Him)

Professor and Director of the Data Science for Public Policy Program

Parrish Bergquist, (She/Her)

Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy

NaLette Brodnax, (She/Her)

Assistant Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy

Sheila Foster, (She/Her)

Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown

Jaren Haber Haber , (He/Him)

Post Doctoral Fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy

Tyler Kleykamp, (He/Him)

Chief Data Officer Network

Toni-Lee Sangastiano, (She/Her)

Digital Media Specialist and Assistant Professor of the Practice

Lisa Singh, (She/Her)

Professor in the Department of Computer Science and a Research Professor in the MDI

Research Partner Organizations