2018 PODS Fellows

The 2018 PODS fellows were chosen from a highly competitive field of 250 applicants. They represent a diverse range of academic backgrounds and interests, and share a passion for using data to solve policy problems. If you'd like to follow their progress throughout the summer, feel free to check our Updates every week.  

Learn more about the PODS internships here

View the PODS fellows' independent projects here.

Aliya recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at McGill with joint honours in Political Science and International Development Studies. Through her research at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Caribbean Public Health Agency, she is pursuing a career in health policy, specifically international responses to epidemics and improving access to healthcare for marginalized communities. During PODS, Aliya interned at the McGill Observatory on Health and Social Services Reform. 

Aliya is currently working at Borealis AI, supporting RBC's innovation strategy. 

Marine has conducted research in various settings, from Handicap International Montreal to ELIMU Impact Evaluation Centre in Kenya with Professor Matthieu Chemin to identify effective poverty reduction measures through randomized experiments. As an accomplished marathon runner and a graduate in Economics and International Development Studies, she is excited to apply data science techniques to her future development research projects. During PODS, Marine interned at Laboratoire d'Innovation Urbaine de Montreal. 

Marine is currently working at OpenNorth, a Montreal-based nonprofit with expertise in open data and civic technology. 

As a multilingual graduate from a joint honours degree in International Development Studies and Political Science, Juliette wants to work in the field of refugee protection and promotion of their basic human rights. Her work at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Centre for Human Rights Education has given her insight that she hopes to build on through learning more about data science and its application. During PODS, Juliette interned at Prospered Project, led by Arijit Nandi, at the Institute for Health and Social Policy. 

Juliette is currently working as a Junior Researcher at Reuters. 

Dexter is currently conducting archival research with Dr. Cindy Blackstock into the history of the school of Social Work, and previously worked with Laura Madokoro to research the history of refugee claims in the Commonwealth. He is an Honours History graduate who is passionate about criminal justice reform, and he has dedicated himself to educating youth about social justice issues through various conferences, such as SSUNS and Junior Peacekeepers. Dexter interned at the Institute for Research on Public Policy for the PODS Program. 

Dexter is currently working as a Researcher for the Statistics Division of the Department of Justice. 

During her joint honours degree in German Studies and Political Science, Emma worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Jacob Levy and was a member of the Research Group on Constitutional Studies. While working as analyst for a consulting firm in England, she was on the functional design team of a national benefit reform system for the UK Department of Work & Pensions. Emma hopes to pursue a career in the field of welfare policy, and believes that quantitative analysis will help her improve these systems. During the PODS Program, Emma interned at Nexalogy Environics.

Emma is currently working as a Programme Coordinator for the Data Exploration team at Desjardins Lab. 

Olivier is graduating with a degree in Honours Sociology and has extensive experience in the field of policy, including work with the Energy Policy Division of the G20 Research Group, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, and the United Nations World Food Programme. He is excited to apply the skills he will learn in PODS to research the intersections between public policy, international affairs, and media communications. Olivier interned at the Conference Board of Canada (Institut du Quebec) during PODS. 

Emily is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and has conducted research at the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and Dr. Jeremy Cooperstock’s laboratory. She has dedicated her time to the McGill Peer Support Centre, and she is passionate about using data analysis to increase the accessibility of services and technologies. Emily interned at Data Sciences Inc. during PODS. 

Emily is currently working as a Data Quality Analyst at Breather

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