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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Yunsu Han | Class of 2025

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Mohit Patel | Class of 2022

    Biography: More info to come!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paige Schulz | Class of 2022

    Minor in Economics

    Biography: Hi, I'm Paige! I'm a junior and from a suburb of Chicago. I love all different aspects of technology and I plan on becoming a software developer after graduation. Excited to be an IS student!

  • Miranda Garza | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hello! My name is Miranda. I am super interested in social media algorithms & ethics.

  • Miranda Gallardo | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hello! My name is Miranda Gallardo and I am looking forward to the next few years as an Information Sciences major. I can't wait to see what type of opportunities unfold!

  • 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.

  • Nathaniel Zukowski | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hey! I'm Nathaniel Zukowski. I am interested in learning about data privacy and security among other things. Some of my hobbies are exercising, rock climbing, and learning French! I'm interested in traveling abroad to Switzerland or France to further my language skills and mindset.

  • Anthony Kwok | Class of 2022

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  • 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!

  • Sravya Kosuri | Class of 2023

    Biography: My name is Sravya Kosuri and I'm majoring in Information Science graduating spring of 2023. I intend to focus my studies and career on Data Science and UX Design fields.

  • 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.

  • Antonio Sanchez | Class of 2022

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

  • 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!

  • Matthew Filipovic | Class of 2022

    Biography: Hi! I'm a junior a UIUC and I'm excited to be a part of the new iSchool information science program. I can't wait to see what new experiences the iSchool can provide for me!

  • Zeba Jura | Class of 2023

    Biography: I am a first-generation US citizen who is extremely fortunate to be here today. During my free time, I love cooking a nice meal and spending time with my friends, family, and puppy! I am very excited about my journey as an iSchool major.

  • Luke Enamo | Class of 2023

    Biography: My name is Luke Emano and I am an Evans Scholar here at UIUC. I love meeting new people, trying new things, and I strive to be the best person I can be. I'm beyond excited to be a part of the iSchool here at Illinois and I'm so eager to discover what's to come in my academic career!

  • Yujin Sonn | Class of 2023

    Biography: Hello, I am Yujin Sonn. I am from Busan, South Korea. I've lived in several places such as Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Shanghai. I look forward to learning more about the information sciences.

  • Joshua B. Aladesuru | Class of 2022

    Minor in Business

    Biography: Hello, I am a rising junior hailing from the north side of Chicago. I love reading a good book, making music, and making embroidery patches. I am also an aspiring ethical hacker.

    Why Information Sciences: One thing related to Information Sciences that I got excited about is Zoom’s privacy issues. Ifirst heard about it when the platform started being widely used around the globe. Zoom usedto use a software developing kit from Facebook and because of this, Zoom sent out user’sinformation such as, when the user opened the app, their city, timezone, and device details toFacebook. I certainly intend to further explore the boundaries of the Information Sciences major, outside of just cybersecurity. I hope to gain various skills such as technical writing, projectmanagement, and creativity to create real-world business solutions, as they are significant inbecoming a well-rounded ethical hacker.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: African Cultural Association Executive Board Member, Internship with AnthroPod VR, Parking & Transportation Ambassador for the Chicago Cubs, Cyber Security Apprentice at Evolve Security Academy, Computer Programming Internship with Chicago Public Schools & the City of Chicago, Cyber Security Boot Camp, Camp Counselor

  • 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.

  • Michelle Schlacks | Class of 2022

    Biography: I am from Missouri, I like to workout, eat good food, and play sports. I am also a big fan of tv shows and movies.

    Why Information Sciences: I am interested in information sciences, because I want to be able to work in the tech world and to be able to help people solve problems

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Built a house in mexico, worked at starbucks, interned at a dentist office, played intermural sports.

  • 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

  • Ty Miller | Class of 2022

    Biography: I’m a transfer student coming from the University of Miami, where I was double majoring in Business Analytics and Marketing. I love helping others, and I have a tech consulting and tech assistance business.

    Why Information Sciences: I’m extremely passionate about the development of futuristic information technology systems, so I’m excited to be in a program where I get to both learn about and use IT systems!

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: I enjoy volunteering greatly, so I’ve held a number of volunteer positions as a tutor, tech helper (my first volunteer tech position I held in high school was for my local library — yay Library Sciences :) ), and camp counselor. This summer I’ve devoted my time to volunteer projects including creating and managing a VOIP phone support line to connect Coronavirus first responders with mental health professionals who provide on-call support.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    More coming soon!

  • Joshua Min | Class of 2023

    Why Information Sciences: I see an Information Sciences major contributing toward my career goals by teaching me howto use code, analyze data, manage the information I have or any projects I may have, andhow to interact with people on a higher level. Teaching me the technical and non-technicalskills I will be needing in my career. I recently got excited about learning how Information Sciences can be applied to almost anyfield and how my options aren't limited because of the major I want. Also, I am excited aboutbeing able to learn how to become a person who can unlock the potential power ofinformation.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Community Involvement with Church, Breadsmith - Production / Distributor / Coordinator

  • Ralph Cabaya | Class of 2022

    Dual Degree with Econometrics  & Quantitative Economics

    Why Information Sciences: I am very interested in pursuing a degree in Information Sciences because of my passion for technological innovations and how it impacts on society! Since being undeclared, I have been looking for majors that I would best apply my current technical skills as well as my overallinterest. I want to learn and specialize in a degree where I would look into big data and how certain technologies have an implication in society. By declaring in the IS degree, I could achieve many career goals and learn greatly from my time in the major. I believe that theInformation Science degree is a perfect major for me!

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: IT Analyst and Consultant with University Tech Services, Resident Hall Advisor with University Housing, Minority Business Student Association, Philippine Student Association

  • Talal Hashmi | Class of 2022

    Biography: I'm from Chicago, but have lived in Dubai and London. Huge soccer fanatic, car junkie, and shawerma lover. Aspiring Data Scientist and Machine Learning Specialist.

    Why Information Sciences: I am extremely passionate in the field of data science, which to me is the culmination of computerscience, applied statistics, and mathematics. Although I had an interest in programming from ayoung age, I fell in love with the idea of combining code with real-world data. I believe that not onlythe protection and storage, but the processing and communicating of information is vital in today'sday and age of advanced technologies implemented throughout the industry. This information canbe used to provide insights that allow companies to gain valuable knowledge about their consumerbase and improve experiences across the board. I want to utilize this program as a launchpad tohelp propel my career as a data scientist, the highest rank in this rapidly emerging field.

    Campus Involvement & Experiences: Association of Information Systems (AIS) and Computing Machinery (ACM) Member, UNICEF Committee, Illini Thaakat Foundation, Illini Fighting Hunger Volunteering, Muslim Student Association (MSA), Pakistani Student Association board (PakSA), Arab Student Association (ASA), Illini Boxing and Powerlifitng Clubs, Medic with Campus Recreations

  • Tiancheng Shi | Class of 2023

    Biography: I am interested in how data could reflect what humans thoughts and how information science is changing our traditional society.

    Why Information Sciences: Information sciences major is a major that focuses on data and humans. I can see that if Ilearn more knowledge in Information sciences, I could consider data in the human side andbring more convenience to human life.

    Campus Involvement & Activities: Digital Documentary Publishing project on British India's Film censorship (Scalar), Intern at Shanghai JiuXiang Architect Office, Volunteer Tutor at LEYBA Education Training Center