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Benjamin K

- Research Program Mentor

MS candidate at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)


Anything related to python, sql, java, biology, data science, or Spanish


I am a current master's student of computer science in data science at the University of Illinois. I graduated from BYU a year ago where I became a published author in the Journal of Proteome Research. Right now I am a data analyst and computer programmer for Collective Medical, a PointClickCare company. I love to travel, meet new people and play basketball. I have spent several years in Latin America (the Dominican Republic and Peru) which is where I learned Spanish and developed quite a taste for plantains and ceviche. I also love being outdoors, and like to go hiking, snowboarding, and camping whenever I can.

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.

Finding the Optimal Study Method

There is no shortage of suggestions found from a variety of sources on the best way to study for an important test. Are flash cards the best way to memorize things? What about writing a song with lyrics based on the test subject? How about teaching a friend or family member? Using research design and computer science skills we can find the answer to which study method is best within a particular school/community. Some important questions to think about include: -What kind of test would we use to measure study effectiveness? Would it be memorization or analysis based, or both? -How would we set up the experiment and control our variables to best ensure that the results come only as a result of the students' method of study? -How would we represent our data and perform the necessary statistical tests in a programming environment?

Coding skills

Python, Java, SQL, R, C++

Languages I know

Spanish, fluent


Work experience

Collective Medical, a PointClickCare Company (2021 - Current)
Data Analyst
Brigham Young University (2018 - 2021)
Research Assistant


Brigham Young University
BS Bachelor of Science (2021)
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)
MS Master of Science candidate
Computer Science in Data Science

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