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Emily R

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Cornell University


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


Hello! I graduated from Princeton with a degree in Chemistry and certificates in Applied & Computational Math, Applications of Computing, and Materials Science & Engineering. As an undergrad, I worked in a chemistry lab doing both benchwork and computational modeling of organic reactions. I also researched optimal auction design through the math and computer science departments, and interned at two quantitative trading/finance firms. Now, I am pursuing a PhD in computer science at Cornell. My focus is on algorithms and game theory, but I am broadly interested in all areas of theoretical computer science and discrete math. In my free time, I enjoy dance (I grew up training in classical ballet, and have recently started hip hop), running, yoga, crafting, and cooking. I'm also a big cat person -- I'm currently fostering a kitty, and look forward to adopting my own someday!

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

Languages I know

Spanish, conversational

Teaching experience

I have enjoyed tutoring my peers and younger students since high school, during which I tutored AP and honors chemistry, precalculus, and middle school language arts. Throughout my time at Princeton and now in graduate school at Cornell, I have continued to develop these teaching skills by serving as a teaching assistant for several math, chemistry, and computer science courses.


Work experience

Valkyrie Trading (2021 - 2021)
Derivatives Trader Intern
Five Rings Capital (2020 - 2020)
Quantitative Trading Intern


Princeton University
BA Bachelor of Arts
Cornell University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Computer Science

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