Data Science & Analytics Writing and Communication Center

What Do We Do?

Our Writing and Communications Center actively and individually supports all Data Science & Analytics students in the areas of writing skills, communication skills, and presentation skills. 

This includes cover letter and resume assistance, improving interview skills, assistance with writing graduate-level papers, and assistance with giving excellent and clear presentations.

Faculty and staff also offer support via workshops on resumes, cover letters, interview skills, writing & communication methods, and presentation skills. The Graduate Career Center (new window) is an active participant and also offers workshops and seminars.

Who Is Our Team?

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Dr. Ami Gates, Director

Ami Gates is the Director of the Data Analytics Program and an Associate Professor of Teaching at Georgetown University. Dr. Gates has a PhD in Computer Engineering with a focus on Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, and Data Analytics, an MS in Computer Science with a focus in Statistics, an MS in Mathematics Education, and a BA in Mathematics. Dr. Gates has spent over twenty-five years actively teaching, developing new courses and curriculums, leading new educational programs, supporting faculty, and engaging in research focused on pedagogical methods, educational data mining, and learning analytics.

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Heather Connor, Assistant Director

Heather Connor is the Assistant Director of the MS Data Science & Analytics Program at Georgetown University. Ms. Connor serves as the primary contact for current, prospective, and former students, and oversees student recruitment and admissions, as well as managing the Student Mentorship Program. She also manages the program budget, marketing, and website, in addition to fellowship and teaching assistant programs. Ms. Connor holds an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago.


Dr. Purna Gamage, Professor

Purna Gamage is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Dr. Gamage received a PhD in Mathematics with a focus in Statistics in 2018 from Texas Tech University, for her research in Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling, Spatial Data Analysis, and Ecological Statistics. Prior to joining Georgetown University, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, and a Graduate Part Time Instructor and Research Assistant at Texas Tech University, Texas.

Daniel Cisek

Daniel Cisek, Lead Writing Center Assistant

Daniel Cisek is a data scientist, cartographer, and Strategy Management Professional. His current research interests include applications of remote sensing and GIS in Glaciology, data fusion techniques, and Internet of Things (IoT) development for environmental monitoring. He’s excited to bring his experience working as a writing coach and data science mentor to Georgetown’s DSAN program.

Amalia Stahl

Amalia Stahl, Writing Center Assistant

Amalia Stahl is a first-year graduate student in the Data Science & Analytics program. She graduated from Georgetown as a Math and Art major in 2021 and can’t wait to continue her education at her alma mater. She is very excited to meet all the new faces in the program and help them perfect their academic and professional writing skills. (new window)

Brian Li

Brian Li, Writing Center Assistant

Brian Li is a first-year graduate student in the Data Science & Analytics program. He is a graduate of Hamilton College with an interdisciplinary degree in data science. Brian is excited for the DSAN program and is committed to helping his fellow students in any way he can. When he is not analyzing datasets, he enjoys running, working out, playing basketball, and reading.

Clare Garberg

Clare Garberg, Writing Center Assistant

Clare Garberg is a first-year Data Science & Analytics graduate student. Clare has five years of professional experience in research and consulting at Forrester Research and is excited to help graduate students improve their resumes, cover letters, and academic essays. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from Tulane University with a double major in mathematics and economics.