William Taylor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
William D. Taylor is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he double majors in computer science and political science and minors in data science. He currently works as an undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Frank Baumgartner, reshaping datasets used for statistical research on the death penalty. He also serves as the outreach coordinator for UNC Black in Technology, interfacing with companies and other campus organizations to provide opportunities for underrepresented STEM students. Before becoming a research assistant at Carolina, William participated in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates with the Security and Political Economy Lab at the University of Southern California. During this experience, he worked with a team of research assistants analyzing data and editing prose for projects on powersharing and police misconduct. He also held weekly office hours to assist his peers with issues in the R programming language. His research interests lie primarily within the field of methods—data collection and management, machine learning, mathematical modeling, and ethics. After graduation, William plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science, working with teams of scholars from interdisciplinary backgrounds to push the boundaries of computation in social science.