Christina Schweikert

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Graduated: 2008

Current Position: Assistant Professor, St. John's University (Queens, NY) 

I was fortunate to be part of the Ph.D. program at CUNY Graduate Center where I was able to develop my knowledge in a range of computer science areas and discover my research interests. From courses in theoretical computer science and distributed algorithms to programming languages, each experience contributed to the well-rounded program. Specifically, taking a course in computational biology sparked my interest in the field of bioinformatics. In addition, I always had an interest in programming languages, which led me to my dissertation project under the guidance of Dr. Danny Kopec of Brooklyn College. The project involved developing an approach for teaching object oriented programming.

After obtaining my Ph.D. in 2008, I spent 3 years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Fordham University. During this time, I had the opportunity to work on research projects in biomedical informatics and information fusion for multiple scoring systems.
In 2011, I joined St. John's University as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science. At St. John's, I was granted a Clare Boothe Luce professorship in computer science, which is a faculty fellowship grant for women in the sciences. This grant provides support for salary and funds for expenses such as conference travel. Here, I contributed to the development of a new M.S. program in data mining and predictive analytics, which prepares students for the growing field of data analytics. I enjoy teaching programming, data mining, and other computer science courses, as well as continuing research in informatics.

I truly appreciate and value my time at GC. I am so grateful for the advice and support the faculty provided, as well as the friendships I have made. It is the foundation of education at the Graduate Center that enabled me to pursue my academic career in computer science.