The MSDS Student Leadership Council

The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) at Northwestern University is one of the fastest growing and most established Data Science programs in the United States. The purpose of MSDS Student Leadership Council (SLC) is to help foster relationships among students in the program, alumni, and world-renowned industry professionals. The MSDS SLC creates opportunities and events that allow students and alumni of the program to grow their knowledge of Data Science and their professional networks. ​ Visit our SPS Graduate Program Events page to learn more about past and upcoming events.


Applications for 2023-2024 SLC positions are now closed.

For more information about the MSDS Student Leadership Council and student events and opportunities, please see the FAQs or CONTACT SLC below.



Vision Statement

Graduates of Northwestern’s Master of Science in Data Science will feel a sense of comradery with their classmates and a deep understanding of the Data Science field in practice.

Mission Statement

The MSDS Student Leadership Council strives to serve the program by broadening awareness of Data Science in practice and building a sense of community in the graduate program.


2023–2024 MSDS Student Leadership Council Members


Allen Wang

Allen Wang

Allen Wang is a dynamic professional in Asset Management/Investments, Quantitative Finance, and Machine Learning. He holds a Master's from Yale School of Management and a Bachelor's with Honors in Mathematics and Music from Williams College. Allen is currently working in the financial industry. His interests extend to music, meteorology, and various sports.

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Sherly Lande

Sherly Lande

Sherly, a Process Engineer with a robust background in chemical engineering, passionately integrates data science to innovate impactful and unconventional solutions. Her enthusiasm for data-driven technologies propels her exploration at the nexus of Data Science and Chemical Engineering, striving for groundbreaking advancements. Beyond her professional pursuits, Sherly indulges in linguistics, proficiently singing in Latin, Spanish, and French. She cherishes family travels and dedicates time to scholarly study of wisdom literature.

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Joseph Yun

Joseph Yun

Joseph is a native New Yorker and a fully remote student at MSDS! Currently, he works at an airline as a data analyst. Outside of his work and school, he is involved in volunteering in my community and his hobby is photography that he picked up during COVID. He’s always on his phone, e-mail, Slack, etc, so if you have any questions, please reach out!

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Joyce Wong

Joyce Wong

Joyce is a finance data and transformation manager at a fintech start-up, where she plays a pivotal role in establishing a strong foundation for data reporting and analytics. Beyond her professional life, she enjoys exploring new parks and nature with her newborn, staying active through gym workouts and yoga, and has developed a newfound passion for pickle ball. In addition, she channels her creativity in the kitchen by experimenting with fusion recipes, delighting family and friends with delicious meals.

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Zeyang Yu

Zeyang Yu

Zeyang is a full-time student in the Accelerated Data Science program, specializing in Analytics and Modeling. In the past, Zeyang has interned at various types of companies, including banks, financial services firms, and startups, applying qualitative/quantitative research and risk analysis skills in finance-related projects. Outside of his academic and professional pursuits, he enjoys running and exploring new travel destinations.

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Sheila Acar

Sheila AcarSheila is currently a research histologist for the Mouse Histology Core at Northwestern University’s Cancer Center. In her role, she collaborates with researchers and performs histological processes on animal tissues for analysis. In her free time, she enjoys collecting and playing board games, discovering coffee shops, making floral arrangements, and traveling.

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Pengyu Zhao

Pengyu ZhaoPengyu is currently pursuing a master's in Accelerated Data Science after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in Economics and a certificate in Data Science. She is keen on enhancing her data analysis skills to tackle practical problems in a data-driven world. She has passion for baking, traveling, and hiking, particularly drawn to exploring the varied landscapes of national parks.

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Apoorv Saraogee

Apoorv SaraogeeApoorv has a research background in biomedical engineering and is currently pursuing a thesis in the MSDS program related to neuroimaging. He has worked in both industry and academic roles. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing with his cat and spending time with family.

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Natalia Barczyszyn

Natalia BarczyszynNatalia resides in Boston and works as a Client Data Sr Analyst for a health insurance organization. In her role, she supports clients, brokers, and account managers with their reporting needs. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, biking, listening to audiobooks, and volunteering in her community.

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Bailey Scoville

Bailey ScovilleBailey has a background in food and beverage marketing and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah. She is pursuing the MSDS program full-time as a remote student in Utah. Outside of school and work, Bailey enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband and friends, spending time with her dog Indy, cake decorating, and traveling. 

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Contact the MSDS Student Leadership Council

We love hearing from you! Do you have questions or feedback for us? Please feel free to contact us via the form below. A member of the council will respond to your inquiry shortly.


MSDS Student Leadership Council FAQs

How are Student Leadership Council (SLC) members selected?

  1. The MSDS Student Leadership Council was approved and established in fall of 2019 and the inaugural members were selected for the first term (2020–21). Students and alumni are informed of the application and selection process in the fall of each year. The roles are staggered, so every year there are positions that need to be filled.
  2. The selection process includes the following:
      • Application
      • Statement of Purpose
      • Résumé
      • Interview with Faculty Advisor, Administrator Advisor and SLC Members
  3. A rubric is used to assess each applicant and includes behavioral questions and questions about leadership experience.

What is the purpose of the SLC?

Vision Statement: Graduates of Northwestern’s Master of Science in Data Science will feel a sense of comradery with their classmates and a deep understanding of the Data Science field in practice.

Mission Statement: The MSDS Student Leadership Council strives to serve the program by broadening awareness of Data Science in practice and building a sense of community in the graduate program.

SLC aims to achieve its mission and vision by conducting events and projects. Some past projects include:

  • Career Data Science Events
  • Data Science Case Study Events
  • Establishing a communication and relationship management platform
  • Engaging alumni and students through activities (e.g.: MSDS t-shirt campaign, etc.)

Is SLC a volunteer-based organization?

Yes, these are student and alumni volunteers. Each member is committed to a two-year term per the role and responsibility.

What are the roles and responsibilities of each SLC position?

At a high-level, each SLC member is responsible for the following:

  • Serving their role for a two-year term, regardless of the graduation status.  
  • Members must attend regular meetings as determined by the SLC and a SLC meeting with Faculty Advisors and Administrator Advisors on a monthly basis.
  • Each member must be responsible for tasks, activities and projects that is pertinent to their overall responsibility, in addition to supporting SLC as needed.
  • Central representative of SLC
  • Determines SLC priorities with input from members
  • Delegate tasks to SLC members and follow up
  • Ensure continuation of SLC for following years
  • Be present for all events
  • Ensure all tasks for events and initiatives are completed
Vice President
  • Lead the scheduling and execution of SLC meetings
  • Provide logistical assistance
  • Assist President with following up on member tasks
  • Act in place of President when needed
  • Keep minutes from all meetings
Communications Chair
  • Ensure event information is distributed through the CRM application
  • Aide in managing and promoting activities on various social media platforms
  • Manage the database and ensure its accuracy
Event Coordinator Chair
  • Lead coordination of events including contacting presenters
  • Provide logistical assistance and ensure tasks for events are completed
  • Act as host at events
Finance Chair
  • Track all expenses and keep SLC informed
  • Work directly with vendors on purchase orders or events
  • Make sure to collect invoices for payment
Alumni Chair
  • Manage contact of alumni and capture active students when they are completing the program
  • Ensure alumni are involved and participate in various SLC events and projects
  • Act as contact for alumni that want to become involved

What do SLC members formally agree to with their participation?

In addition to adhering to their specific responsibilities, each SLC member must sign the University established bylaws that covers items such as, non-discriminatory policies, decorum, and etc.

How can comments or feedback be shared with the SLC?

The best way to contact SLC is to complete the contact form via the MSDS SLC webpage on the School of Professional Studies (SPS) website.

Can SLC merchandise be purchased?

No. However, students are entered into drawings where they are eligible to receive MSDS SLC merchandise when they register for and attend program events.

Does SLC collect student or alumni information?

  • In an effort to engage and grow the alumni community, we ask for general information (e.g.: name, phone, email, professional information, etc.) prior to graduation. This allows SLC to contact alumni and keep them informed of events and activities after their graduation. Most alumni do not keep their Northwestern email address active so it is difficult to connect with them after the program.
  • SLC adheres to the School of Professional Studies privacy policy.

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