Computer and data science student wins poster competition

Contact: Haiyan Cheng

Willamette's Zachary Haroian '21 wins regional Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges poster competition.

Last weekend, Professor of Computer Science Haiyan Cheng and computer science and data science double major Zachary Haroian '21 participated in the annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges conference-Northwest (CCSC-NW), which was scheduled to held at North Idaho college in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, but changed to virtual due to COVID.

Professor Cheng co-organized the panel "Supporting and Teaching Students at Liberal Arts Colleges in Online Courses." Zachary participated in the Student Poster Competition.

Zachary's poster, "Credit Risk Assessment with Textual Analysis," placed first in the poster competition and won a $200 cash award. The competition judge went through rigorous criteria in terms of content, design, impact and presentation. Zachary is Willamette's first data science major, is also majoring in computer science and is currently enrolled in the new data science master's program. His poster which is based on his thesis research (under professor Cheng's guidance and supported by the Collins Fund) investigates whether the loan repayment model will see a statistically significant improvement in performance when the textual data are used in conjunction with financial data to predict loan default. Congratulations, Zachary!

CCSC-NW is a regional Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges conference that the Willamette CS department has been actively involved in. At last year's CCSC-NW conference, two computer science students, Sarah Ortiz '20 and Conor Krystad '22, took first and second places in the student poster competition.

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