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Class of 2020

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Congratulations Data Science Class of 2020! We understand that an online commencement is no substitute for an in-person one. You have all worked so hard to get to where you are, and we could not be prouder of your accomplishments during your time at University of Rochester. We hope that your family, friends, and supporters will join us in celebrating your achievements!

All the best,

The Goergen Institute for Data Science

University of Rochester Commencement Website

To view video addresses from the Data Science Community, please visit the Goergen Institute for Data Science page on the University commencement website.

Academic Awards and Distinctions

College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Distinctions

The College recognizes outstanding achievement of its students by awarding degrees cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. These honors are inscribed on the diploma and recorded on the official transcript.

To be eligible, students must have:

  • A minimum of 88 credit hours counted in the GPA while registered in the College
  • Completed all degree requirements
  • No missing grades

Latin honors are awarded on the basis of the final cumulative grade point average, and the standards are announced each spring. Summa cum laude graduates comprise the top 2% of the class, magna cum laude the next 10%, and cum laude the next 20%. The grade point averages required to meet these levels are determined by the dean, who assesses the performance of the senior class as reflected in cumulative grade point averages at the end of the fall semester.

Members of the Class of 2020 who met these criteria were awarded degrees cum laude with a grade point average of 3.70, magna cum laude with 3.89, and summa cum laude with 3.99. 

Summa Cum Laude - GPA: 3.99 or Greater 

Yaxin Liu


Magna Cum Laude - GPA: 3.89 to 3.98

Faner Lin

Jiayin Lin

Zhifan Nan

Anna C. Shors

Chenwei Wu

Tianyou Xiao

Peijun Xu

Haizhu Yang

Haoran Zhu


Cum Laude - GPA: 3.7 to 3.88

Justin M. Clifford

Haozhang Deng

Maralmaa Erdenebat

Yuhan Gao

Luke M. Gerstner

Xiaoning Guo

Maya E. Haigis

Thomas Hanson

Qianyi Li

Zi Qing Liang

Ethan Walter Otto

Sahaj Somani

Weitao Tan

Yumeng Xi

Yi Yao

James Zhan


Departmental Distinctions

Highest Distinction - Data Science GPA: > 3.9

Xiaoning Guo

Faner Lin

Yaxin Liu

Zhifan Nan

Anna C. Shors

Sahaj Somani

Weitao Tan

Chenwei Wu

Tianyou Xiao

Peijun Xu

Haizhu Yang


High Distinction - Data Science GPA: 3.7 to 3.89

Justin M. Clifford

Haozhang Deng

Maralmaa Erdenebat

Yuhan Gao

Luke M. Gerstner

Maya E. Haigis

Zi Qing Liang

Jiayin Lin

Ethan Walter Otto

Shuaidong Pan

Yi Yao

James Zhan

Haoran Zhu


Distinction - Data Science GPA: 3.5 to 3.69

Thomas Hanson

Zhepeng Huang

Qianyi Li

Xinyi Lu

Jian Mao

Jungmin Park

Ziyu Song

Tanmay Chandresh Thakkar

Austin A. Varela

Yumeng Xi

Xuening Zhang


Phi Beta Kappa

Justin M. Clifford

Zi Qing Liang

Faner Lin

Anna C. Shors

Sahaj Somani

Weitao Tan

Chenwei Wu

Tianyou  Xiao

Haizhu Yang


Student Advisors

BA/BS Advisors

Ajay Anand, Deputy Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science

Bin Chen, Associate Professor of Economics

Zhiyao Duan, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science

Gourab Ghoshal, Assistant Professor of Physics, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Assistant Professor of Computer Science;CoE Distinguished Researcher

Ralf Haefner, Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Gregory Heyworth, Associate Professor of English and Textual Science; Director, Lazarus Project

Tom Howard, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Assistant Professor of Computer Science; Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Roy Jones, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology; Clinical Assistant Professor of Computers and Information Systems

Amanda Larracuente, Assistant Professor of Biology

Brendan Mort, Director of the Center for Integrated Research Computing; Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Gaurav Sharma, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Professor of Computer Science; Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology

Nese Yildiz, Associate Professor of Economics


MS Advisors

Ajay Anand, Deputy Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science

Zhen Bai, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Mujdat Cetin, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Robin and Tim Wentworth Interim Director, Goergen Institute for Data Science

Joe Ciminelli, Deputy Director of Statistics

Zhiyao Duan, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science

Tim Dye, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Associate Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Tom Howard, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Assistant Professor of Computer Science; Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Robbie Jacobs, Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, and the Center for Visual Science

Mitch Lovett, Associate Professor of Marketing

Jiebo Luo, Professor of Computer Science

Gonzalo Mateos, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Andrew McDavid, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology

Brendan Mort, Director of the Center for Integrated Research Computing; Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Student Profiles

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Azadian, Zachary Ames

  • Master of Science in Data Science
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    Björnsson, Haukur

    • Master of Science in Data Science
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      Borcyk, Nicholas Michael

      • Master of Science in Data Science
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        Chen, Peiran

        • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Business; Cluster in Korean
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          Clifford, Justin

          • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Economics; Minor in International Relations; Cluster in Philosophy
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            De Alwis, Tristan Anthony

            • Master of Science in Data Science
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              Deng, Haozhang

              • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Economics; Minor in Business
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                Ding, Zhaoxiong

                • Master of Science in Data Science
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                  Dong, Haoyuan

                  • Master of Science in Data Science
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                    Elmahgoub, Mawada Abdalla

                    • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Minor in Statistics; Clusters in Public Health and Studio Arts
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                      Erdenebat, Maralmaa

                      • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BS in Business Finance; Cluster in French
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                        Gao, Yuhan

                        • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Financial Economics; Cluster in French
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                          Gerstner, Luke

                          • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Minor in Business
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                            Greenberg, Anya

                            • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Biology; Minor in Japanese
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                              Guo, Xiaoning

                              • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Mathematics; Minor in Computer Science; Clusters in East Meets West, Introduction to Economics
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                                Haigis, Maya

                                • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Minor in Economics and Statistics; Cluster in Spanish
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                                  Hanson, Thomas

                                  • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Biology; Minor in Psychology; Cluster in Japanese Language
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                                    Huang, Zhepeng

                                    • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Business; Minor in Statistics; Cluster in Mind-Body Somatics
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                                      Isley, Owen Alexander

                                      • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics; Minor in Business
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                                        Jiang, Minwei

                                        • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Business; Cluster in Intro to Spanish Studies
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                                          Jung, Jaeheuk

                                          • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics; Clusters in Political Economy and Development, Gender, Ethnicity, Identity
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                                            Koo, Matthew

                                            • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Clusters in Applied Economics, Ethics and Values
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                                              Leonardi, Spencer Blake

                                              • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Minor in Audio & Music Engineering; Clusters in Political Data and Modeling & Knowledge, Mind, and Nature
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                                                Li, Qianyi

                                                • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Financial Economics; Cluster in Arabic
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                                                  Li, Xin

                                                  • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Minor in Economics; Cluster in Knowledge, Mind, and Nature
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                                                    Li, Zichu

                                                    • Master of Science in Data Science
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                                                      Liang, Zi Qing

                                                      • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Financial Economics
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                                                        Lin, Faner

                                                        • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Financial Economics; Cluster in Japanese
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                                                          Lin, Jiayin

                                                          • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Business; Cluster in Japanese Language
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                                                            Liu, Yaxin

                                                            • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Mathematics; Minor in Economics; Cluster in Music
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                                                              Liu, Xiangyi

                                                              • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Biology; Clusters in Intro to Economics and Japanese Language
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                                                                Lu, Xinyi

                                                                • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Financial Economics; Cluster in French
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                                                                  Lu, Yuan

                                                                  • Master of Science in Data Science
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                                                                    Ma, Wenzhou

                                                                    • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Clusters in Economics and Music Theory
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                                                                      Mao, Jian

                                                                      • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BS in Business (Finance); Cluster in Music Theory
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                                                                        Mehta, Vatsal Hitesh

                                                                        • Master of Science in Data Science
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                                                                          Nan, Zhifan

                                                                          • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Business; Cluster in Music
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                                                                            Otto, Ethan

                                                                            • BS in Data Science, BS in Applied Mathematics, BA in Physics; Clusters in Theoretical Economics, Ethics of Technology
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                                                                              Pan, Shuaidong

                                                                              • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics; BA in Financial Economics; Cluster in Music
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                                                                                Parikh, Nishali

                                                                                • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Clusters in History and ASL
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                                                                                  Park, Jungmin

                                                                                  • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics
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                                                                                    Polimeni, John

                                                                                    • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Business; Cluster in The Classical Tradition
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                                                                                      Ramirez, Gabriel Anthony

                                                                                      • Master of Science in Data Science
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                                                                                        Rao, Haosong

                                                                                        • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Economics; Minor in Japanese
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                                                                                          Savchik, Stephen Daniel

                                                                                          • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Minors in German, Music & Linguistics
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                                                                                            Shors, Anna Christine

                                                                                            • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics; BA in Mathematics; Minor in Philosophy; Clusters in Politics and Mathematics
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                                                                                              Somani, Sahaj

                                                                                              • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Financial Economics; Cluster in Studio Arts
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                                                                                                Song, Ziyu

                                                                                                • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Political science; Minor in Legal Studies and Statistics; Cluster in Introduction to French Language and Culture
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                                                                                                  Tan, Weitao

                                                                                                  • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics; BS in Applied Mathematics; BA in Statistics; Cluster in Economics
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                                                                                                    Thakkar, Tanmay

                                                                                                    • BA in Data Science with a Concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Financial Economics
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                                                                                                      Varela, Austin Alves

                                                                                                      • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Biology; BS in Computational Biology; Clusters in European History and Portuguese
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                                                                                                        Wan, Xiaoyu

                                                                                                        • Master of Science in Data Science
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                                                                                                          Wang, Zechen

                                                                                                          • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics; Clusters in Music Theory, General Economics
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                                                                                                            Wang, Yujie

                                                                                                            • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BS in Applied Mathematics; Cluster in Music, Economics
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                                                                                                              Wang, Meizhu

                                                                                                              • Master of Science in Data Science
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                                                                                                                Wu, Chenwei

                                                                                                                • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Financial Economics; Minor in Japanese
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                                                                                                                  Xi, Yumeng

                                                                                                                  • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Psychology; Minors in Business & Audio and Music Engineering; Cluster in Dance: Movement and Culture
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                                                                                                                    Xiao, Tianyou

                                                                                                                    • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Computer Science, Statistics, and Mathematics; Minor in Statistics; Cluster in Japanese Language
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                                                                                                                      Xu, Peijun

                                                                                                                      • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Business; Minor in Mathematics
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                                                                                                                        Yang, Haizhu

                                                                                                                        • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BS in Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Minor in Business; Cluster in Korean
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                                                                                                                          Yang, Yahan

                                                                                                                          • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BS in Business Analytics; Cluster in Music
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                                                                                                                            Yao, Yi

                                                                                                                            • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BS in Business (Finance); Minor in Mathematics; Cluster in Japanese
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                                                                                                                              Yuan, Yijie

                                                                                                                              • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Clusters in Japanese & Economics
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                                                                                                                                Zhan, James

                                                                                                                                • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Mathematics; Minor in Computer Science
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                                                                                                                                  Zhang, Xuening

                                                                                                                                  • BA in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BS in Business Analytics; Cluster in Film Media Studies-Production Track
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                                                                                                                                    Zhang, Xupin

                                                                                                                                    • Master of Science in Data Science
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                                                                                                                                      Zhao, Yuqing

                                                                                                                                      • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; BA in Digital Media Studies; Cluster in Psychology
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                                                                                                                                        Zhou, Chunlei

                                                                                                                                        • Master of Science in Data Science
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                                                                                                                                          Zhu, Haoran

                                                                                                                                          • BS in Data Science with a concentration in Economics and Business; Clusters in Music Theory & Economics