MSDS Online Program Student Ambassadors

September 14, 2023

Meet the Admissions Ambassadors of the M.S. in Data Science Online program. Feel free to email an ambassador directly with questions about the master's program or to schedule a time to speak with them by phone or Zoom. They are here to give you the student perspective and share their experiences.


Suraj KunthuSuraj Kunthu (he/him)          
 

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Hometown: Centreville, VA

Undergrad institution: Virginia Commonwealth University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Q: Do you have previous work experience?             
I worked as a production engineer at DuPont Teijin Films for three years and now I work as a Software Engineer at Capital One.

Q: What has been your favorite class in the program so far?:             
I’m looking forward to taking Deep Learning in the fourth semester.

Q: What are your research/career interests?            
I’m interested in machine learning and building artificial neural networks. I’m also interested in how we can better utilize data science tools in organizations to change for the better.

Q: What made you choose UVA for your master's in data science?            
I chose UVA because of its curriculum, focus on teamwork, and emphasis on data ethics. Also, it’s the nation’s first School of Data Science!

Q: What is a fun fact about you?             
I can't whistle but I love to try! 


Abigail SnyderAbigail Snyder (she/her)          
 

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Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Undergrad institution: Liberty University

Major: Secondary Education

Q: Do you have previous work experience?             
Ten years teaching middle and high school English in the international, public, and private educational spaces.

Q: What has been your favorite class in the program so far? I am actually most excited about one of the last classes in the course, SARC 5400: Data Visualization, because I love the idea of taking data and communicating it using eye-catching images. 

Q: What are your research/career interests?             
I'm a little undecided, but I am interested in both education equity advocacy and sports tech. 

Q: What made you choose UVA for your master's in data science?            
I learned that there was a collaborative effort between the school of education and the data science department to use data in the field of education and thought that sounded extremely interesting!            

Q: What is a fun fact about you?             
I race mountain bikes at the elite level, but hate mud (and all things creepy-crawly)! 


Haley Egan UVA MSDS Online Student AmbassadorHaley Egan (she/her)

 

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Hometown:    
I'm originally from Boise, Idaho. I now live near Poulsbo, Washington.

Education:    
B.S. in Environmental Science and B.A. in Spanish, University of Idaho   
M.A. in Applied Ethics, Oregon State University 
M.S. in Data Science, University of Virginia

Q: Do you have previous work experience?    
I have work experience as a writing tutor, overseas English teacher, and Environmental Program Manager & Analyst for the California Department of Transportation. I have also worked numerous gig jobs and service jobs (TaskRabbit, Rover, substitute teacher, kickboxing instructor, cafes, restaurants, etc). 

Q: What was your favorite class?    
My favorite class was Deep Learning.  

Q: What are your research/career interests?    
For my career, my main goal is to make a positive impact in the world. I care most about humanitarian and environmental issues, such as Climate Change impacts.  

Q: What made you choose UVA for your master’s in data science?    
I really liked that the UVA Data Science program was geared toward people who wanted to change or advance their careers and was centered around hands-on real-world projects. I appreciated that I could attend online but have live classes and a small cohort of peers to learn and work with. I also wanted a program that emphasized statistics and ethics, and UVA was the strongest in these areas. This program checked all the boxes for me! 

Q: What is a fun fact about you? 
I love the outdoors! I hike, paddle board, and camp whenever possible. I currently live outside of Olympic National Park, on the Puget Sound, so when I'm not working/studying/data sciencing, I'm typically up a mountain or on the water.