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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Heather Connor, Director of Student Services

Heather Connor is Director of Student Services for 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, Program Director

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.

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Ashley Stowe, Communications & Events Coordinator

Ashley Stowe is the Communications and Events Coordinator for the Data Science & Analytics Program at Georgetown University. Ms. Stowe supports the program by managing all student and alumni events and maintaining our alumni network, as well as supporting and developing program communications channels. She holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and prior to joining the DSAN team at Georgetown, she worked for several performing arts non-profits.

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.

Brian Li

Brian Li, Writing Center Assistant

Brian Li is a second-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 second-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.