2018 Participants

Participants in the 2018 UMN REU Big Data Summer Program

Akin Campbell

Akin Campbell

Mentor: Lana Yarosh

My name is Akin Campbell. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota hoping to major in computer science and minor in leadership.

During the school year I participate in undergraduate research with Grouplens, the University of Minnesota’s social computing lab.

One of my favorite research projects I took part in explored how technology can increase the opportunity for intergenerational relationships. Last summer I interned as a software engineer IBM and was a fellow of Google CodeU. This spring I interned at Agosto as a software engineer. My main goal for my undergraduate years is to develop novel technology, and with it, positively impact the world.

Avery Swank

Avery Swank

Mentor: Dan Keefe

My name is Avery Swank and I will be a second year student at the University of Minnesota this Fall with a major in computer science and a minor in mathematics.  In high school, I was highly involved in our FIRST Robotics team, KING TeC #2169.  I was head of programming and taught courses in computer science to my peers and mentors.  I also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.  In my spare time, I developed gaming & photo applications in virtual reality using Unity and am fascinated with what the future development of virtual reality will do to our society. 

Elizabeth Ankrah

Elizabeth Ankrah

Mentor: Rui Kuang

My name is Elizabeth Ankrah. I am a rising senior at George Mason University, majoring in Bioengineering with a concentration in Healthcare informatics. I am a Ghanaian- American raised in Maryland.

I became interested in Data science after taking a research course in Computational Microbiome Data Analysis, and after reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. Currently I am interested in pursuing a masters in Data science after the completion of my major or going into industry. My hobbies include finding new hobbies, reading and going to the gym. 

Governess Simpson

Governess Simpson

Mentor: Victoria Interrante

My name is Governess Simpson, and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science with an emphasis on Big Data, and double minoring in Statistics and Leadership. I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2021. I discovered my passion for computer science through an internship with the Science Museum of Minnesota, in which I got to mentor students in STEM-related topics. Next semester, I will serve as a Research and Data Coordinator for the Minnesota Student Association, as well as perform Directed Research with the Leadership Minor on statistical data.

I was born in Maplewood, Minnesota. My mother immigrated to America from Sierra Leone, Africa, and my father moved north from Little Rock, Arkansas. My interests include journaling, watching documentaries, and weightlifting, as well as exploring issues in mental and emotional health. I’m excited for the summer to have new experiences and improve as a programmer and researcher!

Hannah DuBois

Hannah DuBois

Mentor: Junaed Sattar

My name is Hannah DuBois, and I am a junior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in machine architecture, robotics, and artificial intelligence. I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. program after graduation, and I want to become a professor. I am originally from Texas, but I have lived in Milwaukee for most of my life. In my free time, I enjoy biking, making jewelry, and reading. 

Maria Kloiber
Maria Kloiber
 
Mentor: Rui Kuang

Maria Kloiber is a rising junior at St. Olaf College, majoring in Computer Science and Political Science with a concentration (a minor) in Environmental Studies. Last summer, she completed a bioinformatics research project focusing on DNA and protein sequence alignment, which she will present this fall as part of a student research competition at the Grace Hopper Conference in Houston.

She is from Minneapolis and spends her free time boxing, playing bass clarinet, and volunteering teaching English as a second language to adult English learners. Additionally, Maria plans to attend graduate school in the future—likely for bioinformatics, computational environmental science, or bio engineering.

Megan Charity
Megan L Charity
 
Mentor: Victoria Interrante
My name is Megan Charity. I am a rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. I work as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Bridget McInnes natural language processing lab at the College of Engineering. After graduating, I plan to continue my education and pursue a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction and hopefully become a professor and do research studying artificial intelligence and game design.
Owen Roszkowski
Owen Roszkowski
 
Mentor: Dan Keefe
I'm Owen Roszkowski, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota majoring in Computer Science. I have always wanted to do computer science as a career, since both my parents are programmers. I am really interested in graphics and visualization, and after receiving my bachelor's, hope to attend graduate school to learn more about the field.  Outside of studying, I love to play piano, talk about art, and listen to too much music.
rohan sinha
Rohan Sinha
 
Mentor: Jaideep Srivastava

My name is Rohan Sinha. I'm a rising senior at the University of Arizona studying computer science. My interest in technology started young, and I was first introduced to programming through Lego NXT, Legos with motors and programmable parts. My interest has only grown since then, and the more I've learned about computer science the more I realize how limitless the possibilities are. I've particularly grown interested in data science and data analytics because of it's power to see foresights that human's would otherwise not. I enjoy listening to music, hiking, and video games.

Tara Pereira
Tara Pereira
 
Mentor: Jaideep Srivastava

My name is Tara Pereira, and I will be a junior majoring in Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota this upcoming fall. When I was younger, I was exposed to medicine and healthcare while volunteering at the Mayo Clinic. It sparked my interest in biology, and when I was introduced to computer science and engineering in college, I saw a great need to integrate the medical field with the growing world of big data analysis. In the future, I hope to get my PhD in computer science and further my education in machine learning and artificial intelligence in order to improve medical care.

I was born in Rhode Island, but lived in South Carolina for most of my childhood until my family moved to Minnesota. In my free time, I love to hike, travel, and read.