Panel 1: Demystifying Grad School
Have you ever wondered what you will actually do in graduate school? You may have heard about seminar classes and thesis defenses or wondered how you figure out what kind of research projects are acceptable. Don't let these questions deter you from considering graduate school. The members of this panel will discuss, from their own experiences, some of the issues that concerned them when considering and entering grad school. They will also answer your questions about the uncertainties you have about graduate studies.
Samantha Armenti, Panelist
Lisa DiPippo, Moderator
Panel 2: Life During Grad School
Alexander Rodríguez, Panelist
Alexander Rodriguez is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. His research interests include data science and AI, with emphasis on time-series and network problems motivated by disciplines facing pressing social needs, such as computational epidemiology and community resilience. Since early 2020, he has been working on forecasting the progression of the pandemic, and these predictions have been featured on the CDC's website and FiveThirtyEight.com. His work in pandemic forecasting was awarded 1st place in the Facebook/CMU COVID Symptom Challenge and 2nd place in the C3.ai COVID-19 Grand Challenge. He has interned in Walmart Labs and presented his work in AAAI, KDD, NeurIPS, and BigData.
Sarah Brown, Moderator
Panel 3: Life After Grad School
This panel discusses the transition from graduate school to a professional career in academia or industry. Panelists will comment on their own journeys and provide advice on how to approach the decision of what option to pursue academia/industry/startup, current opportunities for PhDs or Masters in CS, how to stand out in the job market, starting salaries, building a successful career, and others.