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  • Jacquelin Lai | Class of 2025

    Biography: I'm from Dongguan, China. I'm a painter, traveler, volleyball and badminton player... I'm excited to get to know more people and learn new things from U of I!

  • Bea Verin | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hi, I'm Beatriz Verin, and I am from Schiller Park, IL. A little about me is that I transferred from Bradley University this past spring (2020). I love being involved on campus. Currently, I am a part of Student Alumni Ambassadors, ISTAR, Traveling Illini, and many more. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and playing beach volleyball.

  • Mathew Cherian | Class of 2025

    Biography: Hi my name is Mathew Cherian. I am a motivated individual with large aspirations looking to become a data analyst or investment banker. I hope my education at U of I will enable me to pursue my goals.

  • Kelly Dai | Class of 2024

    Biography: My name is Jingyu Dai, and I am an international student from China. I am a nice person and I am willing to make friends in iSchool. I enjoy playing video games and LEGO.

  • Arya Pratap | Class of 2025

    Biography: Arya is a freshman majoring in Information Sciences on the Data Science/Data Analytics pathway and is interested in pursuing a minor in Computer Science. She’s from the Bay Area, California, and is an interdisciplinary thinker with an inquisitive mind. Arya is always looking for ways to learn and unearth the world around her to see how she can discover innovative solutions to foster societal advancements through technology.

  • Nate Clements | Class of 2023

    Biography: Nate is a self-proclaimed nerd who enjoys talking about pretty much all aspects of technology. Be it the technical aspects of computers, circuitry, software, hardware, videogames, film -- or even social implications of certain pieces of consumer hardware on the market. While he's quiet and soft-spoken in crowds, you really won't catch a dull moment in a conversation of technology.

  • Adam Ihmoud | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hey, I'm Adam. If I'm not grabbing my 4th coffee of the day by 4pm I'm probably trying to figure out a new coding tune to make my car not slow.

  • Frank Nieto | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hey there! I'm Frank Nieto, a rising junior who recently declared IS as their major. I like to spend my time analyzing & talking about video games, animated tv shows, and their respective music soundtracks. I'd love to get to know you!

  • Sally Su | Class of 2025

    Biography: I am an international student from China. I am really looking forward to my college life at UIUC.

  • Jabari Cooke | Class of 2025

    Biography: Hello, my name is Jabari Cooke. I'm from the South Side of Chicago. You will usually find me playing tennis or going on long runs.

  • Jared Canty | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hello there! I'm Jared, a Brain and Cognitive Science and Information Science student in my senior here at UIUC. I'm also minoring in Computer Science, Spanish, and History. I absolutely love studying and learning new things across every subject (from mathematics to Philosophy!), playing video games, reading and writing, exercising, and spending time with family, but above all else, I enjoy spending time to think, meditate, and reflect on life!

  • Athena Tang | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hello! I'm Athena, a rising junior pursuing a Dual Degree in Graphic Design and Information Sciences. I'm currently a UI/UX Design Intern, and I'm passionate about all things tech. Check out my portfolio at!

  • Zare Bonds | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hello! I'm Zare, and I'm a junior pursuing a degree in Information sciences with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction and Ux/Ui Design. My goal is to become a Ux Designer at a small to mid-size company after graduation. I'm a Chicago native, a cinephile, collector, and a coffee lover!

  • Kaylin Hsiao | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hello! My name is Kaylin, and I'm from Riverwoods, IL. I am a huge foodie who also likes to paint and binge true crime documentaries.

  • Joseph Chan | Class of 2024

    Biography: A sophomore majoring in Information Sciences concentrating in the Data Analytics/Data Science area with the intent of minoring in Statistics and Computer Science.

  • Yunsu Han | Class of 2025

    Biography: Hi. I love playing video games, discussing random topics, and manipulating data. From South Korea!

  • Yingyu Chen | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hi! My name is Yingyu Chen, and I am still proud to be a BSIS student after two years!

  • Jatin Singh | Class of 2025

    Biography: I'm an international student who has lived the majority of his life in the U.S. I live in Aurora, Illinois. I'm learning how to write in python.

  • Aashmi Patel | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hi, my name is Aashmi Patel. I am passionate about technology and a dedicated student. But, regardless of my academic ventures you can find me being involved in organizing cultural events in my community.

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  • Afareen Saiyed | Class of 2022

    Dual Degree with Agricultural & Consumer Economics

    Biography: I am beyond thrilled to start my dual-degree with the Ischool! I would love to work for the biotech or fintech industry once I graduate.

  • Abraham Martinez | Class of 2022

    Dual Degree with Economics

    Biography: Hello I am Abraham Martinez from Chicago, Illinois.  I enjoy going to concerts, playing and refereeing sports, as well as discussing technology and news way to implement it into society.

    Why Information Sciences: I would like to major in information sciences because the classes I have taken have made me really enjoy learning about information and its importance in the world and workplace. Discussing new ideas and ways to share information are some of the things I love to do with friends and family. I also enjoy discussing current events and the importance of sharing knowledge with everyone in the world as well as giving people enough resources to learn about current events and important ideas.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Box Office Staff at Canopy Club, Intramural Official with Campus Recreation, Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Economics Club, Part Time Job at Caribbean Grill

  • Albert Chen | Class of 2024

    Biography: I am a very active person who loves watching, discussing, and playing sports, especially basketball. I am also very sociable and enjoy meeting new people as well as trying and learning new things.

    Why Information Sciences: I am interested in Information Sciences because it is a very prevalent field in this day and age of technology and data. I want to be able to utilize data and information to create systems that help use existing information and data to make the world safer and day to day life easier.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: During high school I was a 4 year basketball player, participated in orchestra, played the cello, participated in FBLA, helped work on a new app that helps players get recruited and shows stats and records for all high school sports and activities called Fanpalooza, interned at U of I iVenture accelerator, shadowed and helped athletic trainer at the U of I during wheelchair basketball and wheelchair track summer camps, I was a research Intern and Worked in the Motor Control Research Lab of Dr Jacob Sosnoff, Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois, assisting with experiments looking at mobility and balance impairment in people with neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, I also volunteered time to help train and develop my younger brothers aau basketball team, and more.

  • Alex Figus | Class of 2023

    Biography: I am a sophomore interested in the Data Analysis/Data Science pathway. I like to travel and play water polo with friends.

  • Aliya Gilley | Class of 2023

    Dual Degree with Advertising

    Biography: My name is Aliya Gilley and I am pursuing a dual degree on advertising and IS. I have a strong interest in UX and data, but I haven't completely decided what pathway I want to pursue yet. I like to see and do new things whenever I can. In the picture, I am with my boyfriend at the World War II Memorial in DC! I'm excited to see what's out there in the ISchool program!

  • Andi Zenku | Class of 2022

    Biography: An Albanian-American student striving to utilize my knowledge in data, statistics, programming, and human psychology to predict the future and improve outcomes to the advancements of our society.

    Why Information Sciences: Analysis of the past through big data will lead to better predictions of the future which is invaluable for any industry and this is one of my main reasons why I want to major in Information Sciences. Today we produce an incredible amount of data and through its analysis we can now achieve significant improvements in productivity, efficiency and quality in every sector. This universal application of the Information Sciences is another reason why this field is so attractive to me.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Albanian Student Association, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System Volunteer, Ministry of Health, Republic of North Macedonia Volunteer

  • Antonio Sanchez | Class of 2022

    Biography: An outgoing guy that enjoys playing video games and soccer with an interest in data analysis.

  • Anthony Kwok | Class of 2022

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  • Betty Guerrero | Class of 2022

    Dual Degree with Statistics

    Biography: Hi! I am a rising junior at the university pursuing a dual-degree in Statistics and Information Science. Outside of school and work I am an avid runner and coffee connoisseur!

    Why Information Sciences: I am interested in majoring in Information Sciences because of its direct application to the workforce, it aligns closely to my interests and dual major, its interdisciplinary approach, and because it is a smaller program. I think that the new major is important because it is a direct example of a creation to meet the ever-growing demand of information specialists. I am a very data-driven and analytical individual. I hope to gain both knowledge in the collection and gathering of information and then use my statistical knowledge for analysis.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Edmund James Scholar Honors Program, Data Analytics Specialist with Illinois Leadership Center, Office of Minority Student Affairs Ambassador, Illini Service Dogs Student Trainee

  • Brandon Harris | Class of 2023

    Biography: I'm from Vernon Hills, Illinois. I'm a huge sports fan, with the Chicago Bears and Bulls being my favorite teams to watch.

    Why Information Sciences: I want to major in IS because I feel that this major suits my skills and passions the best. I am very interested in learning how our world revolves around data and technology and I feel that by majoring in IS, I can pursue learning about these topics while also receiving new skills and knowledge about the world and people. I want to be able to use data and technology to interact with people and help others, which is exactly what Google and Apple are doing. It's exciting to me because it shows just how important the field of IS is and the benefits it can have on society.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Social Fraternity, Volunteering, Part-Time Work with Vernon Hills Youth Athletic Association & Dick's Sporting Goods

  • Christian Nnabuihe | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hello, my name is Christian Nnabuihe. I'm a Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I look forward to my time in the iSchool! I'd love to make new friends, so if you want to chat, don't be afraid to say hi!

  • Cayden Boyer | Class of 2022

    Biography: I am a senior in the BS/IS program, pursuing the data science and analytics pathway. I am looking to leverage my degree and experience in a position where I can use both my people skills and my technical skills to solve business problems.

    Why Information Sciences: Programming has always been an interest of mine; however, I have also always wanted a job in which I can help people. Information sciences is a good fit for me because I can study programming and data science, but with an ultimate goal of using the skills I learn to help people achieve their goals.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Information Sciences Professional Organization Co-Founder, iSchool BS/IS Ambassador, Human Resources Internship at AFSI, Network Administration Internship at Busey Bank, COVID-19 Testing Site Lead at UIUC.

  • David Ruvinskiy | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hello, my name is David Ruvinskiy, and I am going to be a junior at UIUC. My passion for iOS app development led me to apply for the B.S. Information Sciences program, and I look forward to seeing how the concepts I learn as an information scientist apply to my role as an iOS developer.

    Why Information Sciences: I want to major in Information Sciences because I believe the field strongly aligns with myinterest in programming and written communication. During my two years at UIUC, Iattempted to explore these interests through computer science and creative writing courses.However, I concluded that these majors were too narrow and that they would not provide mewith the heuristic education I desired. Taking IS 101 this summer led to my realization thatinformation sciences combines my interests through its focus on the relationship betweenpeople, technology, and society. Throughout IS 101 and other IS courses, I learned that themajor would allow me to continue exploring my diverse interests.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Community Manager with CodeWithChris, Course Assistant for CS 125, Personal Asisstnat Staff Manager with Illinois Department of Human Services, Projects - BizList App & YearRace/Race to 31 iOS Games

  • David Alegre III | Class of 2022

    Biography: My name is David Alegre III. I am from Chicago, and one day I want to use Data Science to make improvements to the education system.

    Why Information Sciences: Originally I was a Statistics major because I had really fallen in love with data science. I quickly realized that the statistics major was too much computing and lacked a social aspect and actual problem-solving. What I love about the major in Information Science, is the way that it incorporates technology, history, and sociology. With this in mind, I feel like I can learn so much more about what I'm passionate about through the major in Information Science. I really hope to gain some skills in computing ethics, research, and sociology. I want to be great at computing, while also having a deep understanding of the human perspective and the history of computing.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club Recreational Leader, Nordstrom Web Support, Service Fraternity, Center for Conflict Resolution Mediation Skills Training, Latinx Student Association

  • Edison Hawkins | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hi there! I'm Edison, but most people call me Eddie. I transferred to UIUC in the Spring of 2020, and was admitted to the iSchool for the Spring 2021 semester and I'm currently on track to graduate in Spring 2022. I'm excited to study and collaborate with fellow iSchool peers and apply lessons from the classroom to the real-world!

  • Edward Sung | Class of 2022

    Biography: I am an incoming transfer student from the University of Washington at Seattle. I like photography and vlog, check out my youtube channel if you are interested.

    Why Information Sciences: I enjoy addressing data, especially analyzing the results I get from datasets. To me, Information Sciences combine both technology and information, which give me a flexibility to utilize skills in the two domains.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Classroom Technician at the UW Academic Technologies Department, Gravitational Wave Research, Creating UW EPE Physics Website, InfoMap Research, President of Taiwanese Youth Alliance of Pacific Northwest, Internship at Magitech, Internship at UW iSchool doing Virtual Job Fair, Def Hackathon, UW Datathons, UW Protothons, UW Photography Team, Assistant Director of Communication and Marketing at UW Lander Hall Council, Dawg Crew Volunteering

  • Elena Marquez | Class of 2022

    Biography: I transferred to the University of Illinois from the University of San Diego this past fall (2019) and from Lake Forest IL. I've been very satisfied with my Information Sciences courses and professors, and I am excited to continue my education at the iSchool.
    Why Information Sciences: What is unique to the information sciences major is we are also taught how to think about the applications of social informatics to be able to make ethical decisions concerning privacy, use, extraction and distribution of the information acquired from data. In my future career I would like to conduct data analysis to make business decisions or find the need for new products and services. My interests vary greatly and I hope to hone in on them as I continue to learn more about information science.
    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Workflow Intelligence Data Science Intern at Zebra Technologies, Sales Associate at Sunglass Hat, Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, Research Assistant for Student International Business Council

  • Emily Crawford | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hello! I'm Emily and I'm from the suburbs of Chicago enjoying my time at U of I. Aside from Information Science, I also enjoy listening to music, hiking around outdoors, drinking tea, and seeing my friends.

  • Ethan Igunbor | Class of 2022

    Biography: I spend my time dancing hip hop and electronic, gaming, working out, and hanging with friends. I also love bubble tea.

    Why Information Sciences: Every day I find myself trying to stay up to date with the latest innovations, usually by watching YouTube tech updates and subscribing to online feeds All of this has sparked my interest in how information is processed, consumed, and collected. When playing the video games from my childhood, such as World of Warcraft, I seem to have a huge interest in customizing my UI or interface. This later evolved to me teaching myself graphic design at the age of twelve.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: WebMonkeys (Web Design), Uber Tech Talks, Illini Esports

  • Eva Hu | Class of 2021

    Dual Degree with Econometrics & Statistics

    Biography: I am currently in Statistics and Econometrics double majoring and transferred to the university 2018.

    Why Information Sciences: I find that data and computing become increasingly important today in our modern world ranging from technological innovation, analysis of human behavior, social structure and natural phenomena to the solutions to world-wide issues. In fact, from my perspective, data science, which is vigorously developing, gradually becomes a new force of production in a wide range of fields and industries. With this belief, I always seek for opportunities to enrich my data science knowledge by participating in interdisciplinary projects to have an insightful exploration on specific topics with social value and to have a systematic research on certain aspects of data science. The Information Science major offers me Data Science and Data & Society pathways, which are in parallel to my belief.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Illinois Geometry Lab Project (Amazon Alexa Project), Participant of 2020 Illini Datathon Competition, Software Developer for Moodle System, Research with National Center for Supercomputing Applications on Social Media Macroscope, Data Analyst for Tailored Information, Food Inspectoin Plan of Chicago Project

  • Faadil Ahmed | Class of 2022

    Biography: Faadil is a junior, and loves to play competitive sports and hangout with friends. He also has a passion for coding and creating mobile applications. He looks forward to learning new material and programming languages to help him with his future career in the rapidly increasing technological world.

    Why Information Sciences: Over the last two years, my interest in databases and turning raw data into real-life decisions has peaked my interest. From learning HTML to SQL and learning data's impact on society to different modes of data, I can not stress enough how much I enjoyed learning. Another reason why I want to major in Information Science is the staff. From teachers to advisors, I feel as if I have a place on campus and feel connected to the teachers and what they learn; something I did not feel in my last major.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Data Analyst Internship with United Way, Pakistani Student Association, Muslim Student Association

  • Farras Irsyaad Rivai | Class of 2022

    Biography: I am majoring in Information Science with a concentration in Data Analytics. My hobbies are to play golf as well as cook.

    Why Information Sciences: Interested in information sciences because I think its the upcoming big thing since almost all industries revolve around how they can manage data.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Teaching assistant, IT consultant, Golf Club member, Student Chef

  • Grace Delacruz | Class of 2022

    Why Information Sciences: I think Information Sciences will give me both the technological and social, human-centered knowledge and background that I need. Technology is not deterministic and instead exists within a complex web of people, systems, and social and cultural contexts. Therefore, in order for it to be impactful and meaningful, there needs to be understanding of how it informs and relates to these things. So along with learning about network systems, databases, data processing and modeling, analytical methods, design, and such, I want to learn about how they engage with broader social systems and the human component that they ultimately are supposed to serve.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: FCA Camp Counselor, Writing Center Student Tutor at Marquette, Marquette Volunteer Corps, Fade In Film Club, Marquette Running Club

  • Grace Mongan | Class of 2021

    Biography: I am a Sophomore on the Fighting Illini Co-ed Cheer team. I'm also a member of the professional agricultural sorority Sigma Alpha. I'm excited to see where my time at the iSchool takes me!

    Why Information Sciences: I accepted an internship with Caterpillar for Data Analytics and thought that learning the broad subject of Statistics didn't seem like the proper education for that type of position which was really my end goal as a career. I really enjoy the applied side of Statistics (which isn't often a topic in stats courses) and analyzing what everything truly means which is what I am looking to do as a career. After finding IS107 and currently taking it and enjoying, it seems I have found a better match in Information Science.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Data Analytics Intern for Caterpillar, Athlete-Member of Co-ed Cheerleading Team at the University of Illinois, Professional Sorority, FFA: School Chapter Officer, Panhellenic Council Representative, Snyder’s Ace Hardware and Pharmacy Sales Associate, Macauley’s Curview Angus Representative

  • Grant Florence | Class of 2023

    Biography: I am a sophomore in the School of Information Sciences with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction. I hope to take what I learn at Illinois and use it to start a career in UI/UX design within the tech industry.

  • Hadley So | Class of 2024

    Biography: Hadley is an undergraduate student at the School of Information Sciences. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Sciences, with interests in Data Science and UI/UX. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Hadley has brought his appreciation of the human factors together with his love for technology as he pursues his BSIS degree.

    Why Information Sciences: I chose Information Sciences because it is the perfect combination of technology and human factors. I’ve always had a love for technology and computing, but found it too distant from the end-user sometimes. An information science enables me to utilize power of computers without forgetting the human element of our decisions.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Design for America || Student representative for the iSchool All-Faculty Committee || Covid-19 Infodemic research with W.H.O. and P.A.H.O || Find out more at

  • Hanyu Zhao | Class of 2023

    Biography: I am a passionate believer in living in the present.

    Why Information Sciences: I am interested in information science since it is a subject that combines scientific methodsand literature analysis. By mixing these two parts, information science would not only analyzecertain social phenomena rationally but also deliver the related information to peopleobjectively and comprehensively. Nowadays, people rely on data to blend in this society andget themselves familiar with the development around the world; meanwhile, this world alsoresponds to the information given by people. The relationship between humans andknowledge seems to abridge the distance between different people, different majors, anddifferent kinds of intelligence. I have a strong desire to understand how this subject shortensthe gap between people and information and connect different information and knowledgeinto a net.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Marketing & Credit Facility Intern with Nanyang Commercial Bank, Data Analysis Intern with General Electric Company, CISA - Leader in Human Resources

  • Iman Shamim | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hi, my name is Iman Shamim and I are up around the northern Chicago suburbs. I love learning about society and how we use technology!

    Why Information Sciences: Throughout my life, I have always been fascinated with how people decide to use the information provided to them. Early in my formative years, I started volunteering at my local library, learning how my fellow community members perused through the works of many writers and experts in different fields. I realized that I wanted to translate these interests of people to settings outside of the library. When I learned about the Informations Sciences degree, I quickly saw how the degree connected the information in data and different technologies to the actual use by people.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Kumon Tutor, Member of Global Medical Training, Volunteering

  • Jacky Chen | Class of 2023

    Biography: My Name is Zhangheng (Jacky). I love reading, swimming, and learning about new things. I can speak 4 languages (more on progress), and my goal is to help others succeed!

    Why Information Sciences: Information Science makes it possible for me to embrace the new technologies while thinking critically about how it would shape our society, and empower the society using information science. Since I was young, I have always been exploring what I am interested in doing. However, I could not clearly answer this question when I was filling out my college application. I could conclude that I was curious about how the world works, so I chose Global Studies as my major. As I gradually built up my understanding of the world in global studies class, I learned about the bittersweet world. I found a beautiful landscape in front of me, but I need to know more than what the textbook told me. I wanted to explore more using the Internet. I needed to learn about how to find and process information and how technology shapes the 21st century. I started to realize the power of information and the data. Information Science would be a perfect fit because it has courses about collecting and interpreting data and courses that answers my questions about how technologies change the world. In the future, I hope that I could use what I learned in Information Science to solve problems we face in our society.

    Campus Experiences & Involvement: IBM Data Science Professional Certificate, IT Support Intern for Fujian Boda Enterprise Management Consulting Co., ESL Instructor Intern with Fujian Grit Education, CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) - Group Leader in Career Development Division, First Fuzhou Toastmasters Club - Vice President in Education, Zingzeu Fuzhouese Dialect Preservation Organization - Dictionary Project Assistant

  • James Nam | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hi! I'm a junior from the Chicago suburbs (Glenview).I'm a video game enthusiast who also enjoys building computers and playing volleyball.

    Why Information Sciences: I want to be able to use the methodical process of analyzing player data to maintain competitive integrity, and I believe the Information Sciences major is a perfect opportunity to learn the impacts of data. The pathways offered by the major align with my goal of having an impact on the creative direction of a game and solve consumer needs.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: SIGPwny & GameBuilders (Association of Computing Machinery), Asian American Association, Volunteer with Milal Mission, Tutor with Eye Level Learning, Project Member of InstaPoll, Part Time Job at Iron Age Korean Steakhouse

  • Jane Chun | Class of 2021

    Biography: I am a first-generation, Asian-American student pursuing a dual-degree in Graphic Design and Information Sciences. I am doing both because I am interested in using user data and feedback to better my design work. In my free time, I love to bake new desserts and visit new places

    Why Information Sciences: Technology use and its influence is growing at a rapid rate in the current society and I want tounderstand it better. I am very interested in the social implications it has since nowadays, not havingbasic technical skills puts one at a disadvantage in any field. I am already in a tech-based majorand while I know how to use a computer and its software to design beautiful things, I want to learnmore about the interactions and effects of technology on humanity. I also have an interest in thedata and research of technology and its users. Data and tracking are huge right now, ranging fromunderstanding user behavior and the ethical issues with tracking – both are valuable information.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Design For America, Graphic Design Assistant at Spurlock Museum, IAGE Abroad with Lorenzo de 'Medici Institute, Literary Journal of The University of the Incarnate World2020 Issue