Current Graduate Fellows

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Department: Integrative Biology 

Degree Pursuing: PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Background: Spencer received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Since then, he has been supervised by Dr. Lauren A. Meyers with a research program focused on understanding the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. Specifically, his interest lies in understanding how multiple diseases interact with each other while competing for hosts, and how that results in large (or small) epidemics in humans. Spencer is primarily interested in influenza epidemics and pandemics, though he has recently worked on both Ebola and Zika projects.

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Department: Advertising and Public Relations

Degree Pursuing: PhD in Advertising and Public Relations

Background: Hyeseung entered the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations at UT Austin in the fall of 2013 after completing her M.A. in communication from Michigan State University. She received her B.A. from Sookmyung Women's University in Korea where she majored in journalism and mass communication, and minored in business. Her research interest is strategic communication in the context of science, health, and environment.



Xueyu mao

Department: Computer Science

Degree Pursuing: PhD in Computer Science

Background: Xueyu Mao entered Department of Computer Science at UT Austin in fall 2014 after receiving his bachelor degree in Information Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University with highest honor. He is very fortunate to be advised by Prof. Purnamrita Sarkar at UT. His research is in statistical machine learning in general, with emphasis on statistical network analysis (community detection, clustering). He is also interested in non-convex optimization and random matrix theory.


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Department: Sociology

Degree Pursuing: PhD in Sociology

Background: Connor Sheehan is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Sociology Department and Population Research Center. Connor is a Social Demographer who is interested in the social determinants of health, measurement issues, aging, the influence of institutions on health, and quantitative methods. His work can be found in Addiction and Social Science Research, among other peer-reviewed journals. He is familiar with multivariate techniques, longitudinal data analysis, structural equation modeling, marginal structural models, how to handle missing data and demographic methods. He is most familiar working in STATA.


Evan MarC Stein

Department: Psychology

Degree Pursuing: PhD in Psychology

Background: Evan Stein is a 6th year graduate student in the Cognitive Science area. He graduated Boston University in 2011 with a dual B.A. degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. By using video games, Evan is currently investigating team dynamics and how people communicate and resolve conflicts under pressure. Outside of the lab, Evan enjoys hanging with his dog Rocky, playing and coaching paintball, bowling at Dart Bowl, and eating at the many food establishments in Austin. 

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CHang sun

Department: Statistics and Data Sciences 

Degree Pursuing: M.S. in Statistics

Background: Chang is a current master's student in Statistics. She enjoys using her data analysis skills to generate insights for business and research where she focuses on machine learning and Bayesian statistics. Some models she uses quite often include Bayesian hierarchical models, linear/logistic regression, classification algorithms like SVM and decision trees, and clustering algorithms like k-means, spectral clustering and Gaussian mixture models. On top of this, Chang has data analysis experience in oil/gas production, supply chain, healthcare and marketing research. Her current projects include hospital readmission prediction and forecast of stock market volatility with hidd

en Markov model. 

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Department: Psychology

Degree Pursuing: PhD in Psychology (Cognitive Science)

Background: Joy Wyckoff entered the Psychology Department at UT Austin in fall 2014 after completing her M.A. from the College of William & Mary in Experimental Psychology. She received her B.A. from University of California Santa Barbara where she majored in Psychology and minored in Anthropology. Currently, she is a student of Dr. David Buss and Dr. Art Markman studying personality and leadership, aggression, and negotiation. 



Hoyoung yi

Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Pursuing: PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Background:  I am a 6th year PhD candidate in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. I graduated Korea University in 2010 with a M.S. degree in Experimental Psychology. I am generally interested in speech production across the early period of both typical and atypical language development. Myresearch seeks to better understand spontaneous vocal output patterns related to speech intelligibility in young children with hearing loss

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Department: Statistics and Data Sciences

Degree Pursuing: M.S. in Statistics

Background: Hanyue is a graduate student pursuing dual master degrees in Statistics and Geological Sciences. She has hands-on experience with statistical machine learning algorithms. Her previous project includes using logistic regression, regularized regression, and K-means clustering to predict and classify rock properties. She is also interested in using data analytical skills to solve business problems in supply chain and to predict customer behavior. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and visiting national parks. 







Previous Graduate Fellows

Sally K Amen, MS in Statistics, Department of Mathematics
Neveen F Shafeek Amin
, PhD, Department of Sociology
Cynthia Blanco, PhD in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics
Chad Brock, PhD, Department of Integrative Biology
Yihua Cai, MS in Statistics, Department of Mathematics
Naveen Eluru, PhD, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering 
Shujuan Feng, MS in Statistics, Department of Mathematics
Joseph P Frazee, PhD, Department of Linguistics
Mailiki Eyvonne Ghossainy, PhD in Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology
Ji-Yoon Kim, Department of Educational Psychology
Seong-Hyeon (Sung) Kim, PhD, Department of Education Psychology
Shihui Jia, PhD in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering
Karin Knudson, PhD in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics
Jeff LaMondia, PhD in Transportation Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Kejin Lee, PhD in Education Psychology (Quantitative Methods)
Jing Li, PhD, Department of Sociology
Daniel Lewis Mitchell, M.S. in Statistics, Department of Statistics and Data Sciences
Anat Moed, PhD in Child Development, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences 
Holly A Monti, PhD, Department of Economics 
Aline P Orr, MA, Department of Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods)
Nathaniel Pope, PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Department of Integrative Biology
Connor P. Principe, PhD in Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology
Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Department of Integrative Biology
Ipek Nese Sener, PhD, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Yishan Shen, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
Genevieve K Smith, PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Department of Integrative Biology
Lindsey J Smith, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods)
Rebecca Rose Steingut, Department of Educational Psychology
Kori J Stroub, PhD, Department of Educational Administration
Radhika Sundar, MS in Statistics, Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation 
Yla Tausczik, PhD, Department of Psychology
Matt Tenan, PhD in Movement Science with an emphasis in Neurophysiology, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
Anasasiya Travina, MS in Statistics, Department of Statistics & Data Sciences
Huai-Hsuan Cheryl Tseng, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology
Harini Venkatesan, MS in Statistics, Division of Statistics + Scientific Computation
Dandan Wang, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods)
Melinda R Ward, PhD, Department of Sociology
Sasha M Wolosin, PhD, Department of Psychology
Minle Xu, PhD, Department of Sociology
Lisa Yarnell, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods)
Meimeizi Zhu, PhD, Department of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Beibei Zou, PhD, Public Policy, LBJ School of Public Affairs