Information for Prospective Students

Ph.D. students who are interested in working with me must be committed to working in the area of philanthropic informatics, although students from diverse backgrounds with varied technological, methodological, and theoretical interests are always welcome!  I can advise students in three  Ph.D. programs — Information Science; Computer Science; and Technology, Media and Society (through the ATLAS Institute). Students must apply through the respective degree program and meet all applicable admission requirements. Please mention my name in your application letter and describe your interest in philanthropic informatics as specifically as you are able.

All students at the bachelors or masters level who join the philanthropic informatics research lab are required to commit to a minimum of two semesters of research (fall, spring, and/or summer). Students should expect to enroll in 3 hours of independent study research (requiring 10 hours of research per week) and to attend weekly lab or project meetings (usually lasting an hour) each semester. All students must complete CITI certification in research ethics before I will approve the independent study hours.

Our lab currently has projects that would benefit from students with the following interests and/or skills, although anyone with interest should email (this list is not exclusive):

  • iOS and web service development
  • Javascript/HTML/CSS/D3.js
  • Information visualization
  • Social network analysis
  • Interviewing

Please email me with the following information and I will make an appointment to meet with you to discuss research opportunities:

  • Why you are interested in working with the philanthropic informatics research lab
  • One or more current research projects that are interesting to you
  • A copy of your resume, including a list of classes you have taken or are currently enrolled in