Hello! I'm Laurie
First year Information Science PhD Student at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am advised by Alexandra Siegel and Brian Keegan. At CU I am in the COLUMN Lab where we focus on users, media, and networks. I got my undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Washington and Lee University. There, I also specialized in Physics and got a minor in Arabic. In my PhD I plan to use my quantitive background to look at the connection between the Arab world and the US. I am particularly interested in social network analysis, language, narratives, and collective memory.
University of Colorado Boudler
PhD in Information Science
University of Colorado Boulder- Boulder, CO.
Advisors: Alexandra Siegel and Brian Keegan
While being a TA for 20 hours a week, I also attend three of my own graduate level classes and self-motivate to conduct my own personal research with the guidance of my advisors.
Computer Science BS
Minor in Arabic
Washington and Lee University- Lexington, VA.
Quantitative Coursework: Artificial Intelligence, Parallel Computing, Statistical Physics, Neural Networks, Linear Algebra
Qualitative Coursework: Islam and Human Rights, Third Year Arabic, Hebrew Bible and Old Testament
FIE/Amideast- Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Amman, Jordan
The Conflict and Struggle for Peace: Analysis of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and Israeli-PalestinianConflict. Included meeting with Ambassadors. parliamentary leaders, and refugees to discuss history and peace.
Arabic Language Extension: 4 weeks of intensive Arabic Language. 4 hours of Formal Arabicand 1 hour of colloquial Arabic a day, resulting in 25 hours of Arabic instruction a week.
High School Diploma
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School- Roswell, GA.
Python - Advanced
C - Proficient
Mathematical Analysis - Proficient
Arabic Language - Intermediate
Data Analysis - Advanced
LaTeX - Advanced
Because of my diverse interests. I had to work hard to effectively communicate across computational disciplines such as Physics and Computer Science to propose and present research as well as across diverse fields such as Computer Science and Arabic or Computer Science and Biology. Without affective communication/translation it is impossible to do the best work.
Either from individual research or from working in industry, I have worked with data continuously and at every level. I know how to scrape data from its raw form in questionnaires, tables, and data I've made myself. I also know how to run analysis through various mediums. I know how to do basic statistical analysis in R and more advanced analysis in Python. I also know how to work with Gephi to create networks for visualization.
Alongside Data Science, I have grown into my expertise of Analytical Writing. Beginning with Physics labs, my skills grew into research proposals and research papers. I excel at concise, detailed analysis of the processes performed and the consequential results. I often struggle to meet word limits and making sure things "flow" but I am rarely asked to elaborate in my writing.