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Data Commons Announces Summer Fellows

5 Jul 2023 by GivingTuesday

We are thrilled to announce the outstanding students who have been selected for the Data Commons Summer Fellowship. This inaugural fellowship offers a unique opportunity for students to leverage data, technology, and their academic expertise to fuel generosity and make a lasting impact on the social sector. After careful consideration, we have chosen three exceptional individuals who have shown immense dedication and promise in their respective fields.

Elaine Kiiru is a PhD candidate in Economics at Boston University, specializing in macro and public economics. Her research focuses on incorporating altruistic preferences into macroeconomic models, with a particular interest in growth, inequality, and innovation.  Elaine is excited to help macroeconomists think rigorously about the nonprofit sector and learn more about innovation by studying nonprofit patenting through this fellowship.

Thanzeel Nazer is a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. His research interests revolve around the Anthropology of Place, Environment, and Non-humans. Thanzeel’s current research investigates the relationship between land and equality, shedding light on critical issues related to social justice.

Tianyi Li is a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Texas at Dallas, pursuing a degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. Tianyi’s primary research focus lies in the financial management of nonprofit and social enterprise organizations. His expertise in quantitative research and marketing effectiveness equips him to bridge theoretical frameworks and practical implementations.

These three fellows have demonstrated exceptional commitment, expertise, and potential to make a meaningful impact on the social sector. They will have the opportunity to delve deep into their chosen research topics using the comprehensive dataset and insights provided by the GivingTuesday Data Commons. From analyzing donor behavior patterns to uncovering effective fundraising strategies, their research will contribute to building the tools and knowledge needed for transformative change.

The Data Commons Summer Fellowship represents an incredible opportunity for these fellows to gain valuable experience, build their professional networks, and contribute to the advancement of the social sector. We are excited to see the insights and innovative ideas that will emerge from this fellowship, as it inspires the next generation of technology and data practitioners to create positive change in the world.

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