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Emily R

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Theoretical computer science (algorithms & game theory), discrete mathematics, data science, organic chemistry

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Modeling polarization in social networks

We've all seen or heard about nasty political arguments and echo chambers on social media, but how and why do these happen? In this project, you will construct mathematical and/or computational models of how people with different opinions interact in a social network. When do people come to a consensus, and when do they become more strongly divided? How can we design social networks with these ideas in mind?

Data science for fairness and equity

Choose any topic that you're interested in (healthcare, education, environment, etc.) and a dataset. We'll analyze the data together to explore whether disparities exist in the treatment of or impact on certain demographic groups. These types of findings will help give us insight into potential considerations that policymakers need to keep in mind when making decisions moving forwards.

Coding skills

Python, Java

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