SPS Graduate Program Events

Events related to SPS master's degree programs are held throughout the year. See the schedule below for upcoming events and the Event Archive section to see a listing of past events arranged by program.


Suprising Uses for User Research

April 6 • 7:00 - 8:00 PM CST

Surprising Uses for User ResearchThe Master's in Information Design and Strategy SLC is pleased to announce our next featured faculty event with Lindsay Adams.  Lindsay is an IDS alum and current User Research instructor as well as the cofounder of the InsurTech startup.  Lindsay will go over a few surprising ways to leverage user research in your everyday work, including:
  • Streamlining hiring and onboarding
  • Boosting employee engagement
  • Managing enterprise content—including real-time group card sorting exercise

E-mail idsstudentleadership@u.northwestern.edu for more information.



DEI in Sports Webinar

April 5 • Noon - 1:00 PM CST

northwestern-sps-logo.jpgJoin the Master's in Sports Administration SLC for a riveting conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion in sports with LaKeisha Marsh, partner at Akerman, LLP and adjunct professor at Northwestern SPS, and Maria Sanchez, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Diversity & Inclusion Office at Northwestern University.

Email msastudentleadership@u.northwestern.edu for more information.



Movie Night and Discussion

April 14 • 7:00 - 9:00 PM CST

MPPA Movie Night and DiscussionJoin the Master's in Public Policy and Administration SLC for a movie night on April 14th at 7 pm in Wieboldt Hall featuring pizza, snacks, and the movie Frontine: Facing Eviction and a post discussion with Alum Nick Mathiowdis.

E-mail mppastudentleadership@northwestern.edu for more information.






Extending and Externalizing Research: An Embodied Approach

May 11 • 2:00 - 5:00 PM CST

Extending and Externalizing ResearchJoin the Master's in Information Design and Strategy SLC in welcoming Kevin Henry.  Kevin is the founding faculty member for the product design program at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches in the product development track and is a visiting professor in fashion studies. In addition to his practice as a product designer, his book "Drawing for Product Designers" and his LinkedIn Learning course "Sketching for Product Design" are leading resources for students and professionals. Kevin is also the recipient of numerous design awards, including an IDEA from the Industrial Design Society of America and a Good Design Award. He is a strong believer in the power of collaboration across disciplines and will be discussing the importance of externalizing research.

This event will be hybrid allowing students to attend virtually or in-person. E-mail idsstudentleadership@u.northwestern.edu for more information.



2023 MSA Symposium

April 21 - April 22 • Time TBA

northwestern-sps-logo.jpgThe Master's in Sports Administration SLC is proud to present the 2023 MSA Symposium to students and alumni of the program. Save the date for the first in-person Symposium since 2019! Agenda, speakers, and more details coming soon. The event will take place in Chicago from the evening of Friday, April 21 to Saturday, April 22 (all day).  For more information, contact msastudentleadership@northwestern.edu. See you there!



Ace the Data Science Interview with Nick Singh

March 2 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST

Data Science InterviewThe Master's in Data Science SLC is hosting an exciting event with Nick Singh, Author of Ace the Data Science Interview and Founder of DataLemur.

Discussion topics include:

-Structured approach for interviewing and creating portfolio projects.
-Tips to land an offer in data science.
-How to prepare for SQL and coding challenges.

Nick Singh previously worked at Facebook, Google, and SafeGraph in various Data & Software Engineering roles. His best-selling book, Ace the Data Science Interview, has successfully helped 20,000+ readers prepare for the Statistics, ML, and Business-Sense portions of the data interviews. He also created DataLemur.com, an interactive way to practice SQL questions!

The event will take place online and in-person. Please email spsgradevents@northwestern.edu for more information.


MSA SLC Alumni-Student Networking at the Bulls

March 3 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm CST

MSA SLC Bulls EventJoin the Master's in Sports Administration SLC for networking and the Bulls on Friday, March 3 at 7:00 pm. There are 20 first-come, first-serve tickets available to students and alumni to meet while enjoying the game in a Bulls Penthouse Suite at the United Center. The Student Leadership Council looks forward to a fun night with you all.

Email msastudentleadership@u.northwestern.edu for more information.




Event Archive

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Creative Writing

Summer Writers' Conference

July 8 - July 9, 2022

Summer Writers' ConferenceThe Northwestern University Summer Writers' Conference is back, and online again so you can join us from anywhere in the world. This year's schedule offers presentations for writers of all genres and backgrounds. Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, how to write about friends, family, lovers, and characters that readers can really "see." Hear from award-winning authors on how to access originality, capture the poetics of place, the power of acrostics. Get pro tips from professionals in publishing an dpromotions. You can also schedule an individual manuscript consultation with conference faculty.

The Northwestern University Summer Writers' Conference is a wonderful opportunity to seek a fuller understanding of the craft - and business - of writing.

The conference is hosted by the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies MA in Writing and MFA in Prose and Poetry programs.

Registration is open through the duration of the conference. Please email summerwriters@northwestern.edu for more information.


One Book One Northwestern Climate Change-Themed MFA Reading
June 9, 2022

Clime Change ReadingCurent MFA students and alumni, Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Morgan Eklund, E.W.I. Johnson, Laura Joyce-Hubbard, Aram Mrjoian, and Holly Stovall will read original climate change-themed poetry and prose as part of this year's roster of events for One Book One Northwestern selection, THE STORY OF MORE by Hope Jahren



The Path from Journalist to Professor/Novelist with One Book One Chicago Author Eric Charles May

May 10, 2022

Eric MayOne Book, One Chicago author Eric Charles May will discuss his One Book One Northwestern novel Bedrock Faith and his trajectory from Washington Post journalist to novelist and fiction-writing professor at Columbia College Chicago with SPS MW/MFA faculty director and fiction writer Christine Sneed. Q and A with attendees to follow Eric and Christine's conversation.

Data Science

Data Science Go Bootcamp

December 10, 2022

northwestern-sps-logo.jpgParticipants will have the opportunity to learn from David Lobue, Dr. Thomas Miller, Abid Ali, and Mariah Peterson during this one-day Data Science event. Our speakers will cover an introduction to Go and Data Engineering with Go, basic data types and control flow, database integrations, concurrencies, and real world examples and applications.



Machine Learning Operations (MLOps) from the perspective of Data Science

November 17, 2022

MSDS SLC FlyerAccenture's Data Science Manager, Danny Malter, will present on Machine Learning Operations (MLOps) from the perspective of data science and machine learning. We will learn what MLOps is and how it differs from academic data science. We will discuss what skills and tools are necessary to properly implement MLOps and walk through some use cases and how proper MLOps can make data science teams more efficient across a company.





Symposium - Career Panel Roundtable & Networking

October 7, 2022

SPS logoThe MSDS Career Panel Roundtable & Networking event was a hybrid event that was held during the Symposium. Several companies were represented on a Live-Streamed panel round table followed by an in-person networking session. 




MSDS Student Research Expo

October 7, 2022

SPS logoMSDS students presented their thesis and capstone projects. The even was open to all MSDS students, alumni, and faculty.





MSDS SLC Happy Hour

October 7, 2022

Symposium Happy HourThe MSDS SLC met at D4 Irish Pub and Cafe for drinks and appetizers after SPS Symposium. The event was open to all MSDS students and alumni, whether you were able to attend Symposium or not.





MSDS SLC Case Study: A.I. in Healthcare
September 22, 2022

MSDS FlyerDr. Wendi Knapp will be presenting three real-world case studies of examples of A.I. Healthcare. Dr. Knapp will also be speaking on how she utilized her Masters in Data Science from Northwestern University to help create a special algorithm to make a patient's ejection fraction number, a universal metric used to measure how well someone's heart pumps blood with each heartbeat, more distinct among clinical information.






MSDS SLC Graduation Luncheon
June 11, 2022

MSDS SLC ConvocationThe MSDS Student Leadership Council held a graduation luncheon on Saturday, June 11th from 12 pm-2 pm at The Northman (233 East Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601). This event was to celebrate this momentous occasion with our graduates, alumni, faculty, and staff.



Featured Faculty Series:  Data Science that Looks Like You with Dr. Candice Bradley
May 19, 2022

Spring Data Science EventThe MSDS SLC held our first in-person and virtual event where MSDS Instructor, Dr. Bradley, presented on visualizing diversity with data science. Afterwards, attendees met and mingled for drinks and appetizers at Prairie Moon (1635 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201).






Data Science in Action:  A Case Study with Boston Consulting Group
February 10, 2022

Winter Data Science EventLexi Signoriello, Lead Data Scientist at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Gamma, shared how their data science team optimized the distribution of Covid vaccines.









Data Science in Action:  Data Science for Good with Dataiku and One Acre Fund
October 13, 2021

2021 Fall Data Science EventLeaders from Dataiku and One Acre Fund presented on how they have used analytics and data science to help smallholder farmers grow more food and earn more money. This was a wonderful opportunity to hear about a non-profit using data science in the real world to have a positive and lasting impact!





Global Health

Building Health Equity: Why it Matters, and How to Take Action

February 24, 2023

Health EquityJoin the MS in Global Health SLC's "Building Health Equity: Why it Matters, and How to Take Action" panel. Expand on your knowledge of global health equity with our panel of experts who will discuss their experiences and the current challenges and solutions!

Panel members include:

Karen Mancera-Cuevas, DrPH, a Chicago native, serves as the Senior Director of Equity at the National Health Council. She is also the Chair-Elect for the American Public Health Association (APHA) - Public Health Education Health Promotion Section. She is committed to improving health equity and has over 20 years of experience leading teams and improving population health. Previously, Dr. Macera-Cuevas served as the Deputy Director of Health Promotion at the Illinois Department of Health. Prior to her work at the Illinois Department of Health, Dr. Macera-Cuevas worked at Northwestern University for over 16 years as an Associate Director and Lead Research Project Coordinator within various divisions.

Neha Agarwal, MSBME leads PATH’s Diagnostics program. PATH is a global non-profit organization that promotes health equity by developing and adapting technologies to address health needs in low- and middle-income countries. At PATH, Neha is responsible for ensuring equitable access of diagnostic products across many disease areas such as, malaria, pneumonia, and maternal and child health. Prior to her work in global health, Neha worked as an engineer in the medtech industry. Neha has several publications and holds 4 patents. She received her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Brittany Watson, MD., MPH is passionate about public service, improving the health of vulnerable populations through programs and practices that address health equity, diversifying the medical workforce, and improving access to affordable healthcare and health education. In 2021, she was appointed American Academy of Family Physicians Leading Physician Well-being Scholar. Dr. Watson received her MPH from Harvard University TH Chan school of Public Health and her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Allan Maleche, Esq. is a practicing lawyer and leader in global health and human rights. He has extensive experience in health and human rights, ethics, and global health policy. He currently serves as executive director of Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS (KELIN). He also co-chairs the UNAIDS Human Rights Reference group and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Global Health Centre. One of Mr. Maleche’s career highlights is spearheading litigation in Kenya, Africa over the involuntary imprisonment of individuals with TB as a measure to protect public health. This groundbreaking case ultimately led to major changes in TB policies in other countries.

Global Health Accountability in South Africa with Dr. Arda Gucler

November 10, 2022

MSGH FlyerDr. Gucler will discuss global health accountability and South Africa's decision to be very transparent with its information during the pandemic and being punished by teh world community for its transparency.






MSGH Panel on Roe v. Wade and its Global Health Implications

September 14, 2022

Panel speakers including Dr. Seema Handu PhD, Dr. Purnima Mane, and Dr. Alastair Santhouse MA, FRCP, FRCPsych. Women's reproductive health rights in light of the recent SCOTUS Roe v. Wade ruling and its implication on global health.


Learn more about the MSGH Practicum with Dr. Doobay-Persaud and Dr. Galvin
April 22, 2022

Dr. Doobay-Persaud (MSGH Faculty Director and Summer Practicum Instructor) will discuss principles of partnership in global health education. Dr. Shannon Galvin (MSGH Practicum Instructor) will discuss best practices in global health practicum design and implementation. Daniella Ellecom Royster, MSGH DE&I Coordinator will speak about how the Student Leadership Program strives for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Information Design and Strategy

Job Searching and Refresh on NCA Services

February 23, 2023

Job searching involves more than checking job boards for opportunities. This Information Design & Strategy SLC workshop will present key elements of an effective job search plan. It will also feature strategy on how to network with contacts and effectively leverage NU-specific resources.

Orientation to NCA and Design Portfolios

February 9, 2023

Join this Information Design and Strategy SLC event to learn how Northwestern Career Advancement can support you with your job search through advising services and resources. Furthermore, as you engage employers and networking contacts, a portfolio is an excellent way to display your projects and skills. This session will also present key elements and steps involved in building an effective portfolio.

Northwestern Discussion with Heather Brown

February 7, 2023

Heather Brown EventPlease join the Information Design and Strategy SLC on February 7th at 7pm CT for an evening with Heather Brown from Northwestern's Distance Learning Department. Heather's presentation, "Designing for Neurodiversity" will introduce IDS students to the concepts of neurodiversity, why it matters, and how it intersects with Universal Design for Learning.

Heather has been a Learning Designer since 2013, primarilly serving graduate and professional studies programs in not-for-profit higher education institutions.

Of particular concern to her is the importance of designing for all learners, which has led her to research and apply insights from studying the needs of neurodiverse learners.

IDS Guest Speaker - Ashley Kennedy

January 24, 2023

The Information Design and Strategy Student Leadership Council is pleased to be able to invite you to an exciting live presentation by Guest Speaker, Ashley Kennedy from LinkedIn Learning Tuesday, January 24 at 7 PM CT.

Ashley is Managing Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning where she leads a talented team of in-house instructors in the Creative and Business libraries. She also creates LinkedIn courses on the subjects of video editing, filmmaking, storytelling, and various education and business topics. In addition to more than 12 years creating online courses for lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning, Ashley has deep experience leading face-to-face classes and large-scale training—as a freelance instructor, conference presenter, and previously at Columbia College Chicago and Avid Technologies. She has also written two textbooks on video editing. Ashley holds a BS in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois, and an MFA in film from Boston University.

Ashley will be speaking to students enrolled in David Noffs’ and Reggie Jackson’s, Learning Environment Design course. Specifically, she will be describing how LinkedIn Authors design and develop their high-impact teaching content and materials. Ashley Kennedy, Dr. Noffs and Dr. Jackson have all agreed to open up this opportunity to all interested students in the IDS program.


Town Hall with Jessica Ashley

November 11, 2022

Town Hall FlyerBring your questions to our next Town Hall on Thursday, November 10th with Jessica Ashley, IDS 403 Effective Communication Instructor.

Jessica is a content strategist , award-winning author, and certified coach.  She is the founder and voice of Single Mom Nation online community and its sister podcast and the author of three independent divorce & self-care guides. 




IDS SLC | Post-Symposium Happy Hour

October 7, 2022

IDS SLC Happy HourThe IDS Student Leadership Council met at D4 Irish Pub & Cafe on Friday, October 7th for an after-symposium happy hour. The event was hosted for SPS Symposium attendees to network with fellow students, alum, and faculty. Food and drinks were provided.




IDS Graduation Celebration
June 11th, 2022

On Saturday, June 11th, we will be hosting graduates, faculty, and anyone from the IDS community to join us at the downtown campus to network and celebrate. A photographer will be present to take your headshot outside of the beautiful Wieboldt Hall and the digital files will be made available as a keepsake for this momentous occasion! We will also have a brief presentation by the IDS faculty - followed by a happy hour at a local bar (The D4Pub). Drinks and food will be provided.

Information Systems

Building a Successful Career: Gaining Wisdom and Experience from Industry Experts

February 28, 2023

Join the Master's in Information Systems SLC at "Building a Successful Career: Gaining Wisdom and Experience from Industry Experts" with a guest speaker panel of tech leaders in eclectic industries. Learn about their personal career adventures and become inspired for your next steps!

The Tech Leader Panel:

George Rozo is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft. With a background in data platforms, project management, and operations, he drives growth for clients within diverse domains. Mr. Rozo's educational experience includes NU's Kellogg and Texas A&M.

Sara Riaz provides healthcare informatics and management as a Clinical Support Specialist for CommonSpirit Health. An Artificial Intelligence enthusiast, she formulates management through the interpretation and compilation of big data. Ms. Riaz earned her Master's in Healthcare Informatics from Arizona State University

Mariano Gurfinkel is the Director of Integrated Performance at Marathon Oil. He specializes in the technical support of operations through the identification and implementation of new technological assets. Mr. Gurfinkel holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Adelyn Fears is a Security Engineer for Amazon. Her areas of expertise includes information systems security, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and cloud technology. Ms. Fears graduated with a BS in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Abispo.

MS in Information Systems Quiz bowl

November 15, 2022

MSIS Quiz BowlCome mingle and compete with fellow MS in Information Systems students and alums on who will be the trivia champion.







Liberal Studies


Public Policy and Administration

Coffee and Tea with Professor Mollie Foust

February 23, 2023

Mollie FoustJoin the Master's in Public Policy & Administration SLC for coffee, tea, and appetizers with professor Mollie Foust on 2/23/2023 at 7 pm at Wieboldt Hall or from the comfort of your own home. We will be discussing working within government and her experiences with policy, with time for Q&A afterward. 




Winter Quarter MPPA Midterm Meet Up

February 2, 2022

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Blow off some midterm steam with some beverages, appetizers, and bowling with your fellow MPPA students! Beverage tickets will be distributed to attendees and appetizers will be served. All free of charge an dopen to MPPA students!

SPS & IAMMA Luncheon Panel

January 17, 2022


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Join to hear from a panel of Municipal Management Professionals associated with the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants. Lunch will be served promptly at 1:00pm and we will hear from the below panelists regarding their career paths and how they obtained their roles, as well as day to day duties and aspects of their current positions. There will also be an opportunity to ask them any questions.

Scott Niehaus, Village Manager, Lombard
Maggie Jablonski, NU MPPA alum and Deputy Village Manager, Elk Grove Village
Hannah Lipman, NU MPPA alum and Assistant Village Manager, Tinley Park


Navigating USA Jobs

January 17, 2022

USA JobsThe Master's of Public Policy and Administration SLC is hosting a workshop in conjunction with Northwestern's Career Advancement to help students find and understand the USAJOBS website and application processes.






MPPA Mini Career Series Panel - Jamie Muth, MPPA '20

November 17, 2022

Jamie MuthJamie Muth (MPPA '20) works as a Program and Process Analyst on the Housing Choice Voucher Policy and Accountability Team at the Chicago Housing Authority. During her time at CHA, she has worked on numerous initiatives that range from expanding housing options for vulnerable populations to providing internet access that addresses the significant digital divide. Jamie believes in a holistic approach to reducing barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing that is addressed through work in multiple policy areas.

Prior to enrolling at Northwestern, Jamie served as an AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator for Elizabeth's Village, a small non-profit in her home state of Kentucky. The skills she learned providing housing and supportive services to women and children at risk of experiencing homelessness guide her in her work at CHA. In her free time, Jamie enjoys exploring the many neighborhoods of Chicago with her partner and Australian Shepherd, Rose.


MPPA SLC | Fall 2022 Trivia Night!

October 21, 2022

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Join your fellow MPPA students and alumni for drinks, food, and policy-related trivia at 4 Irish Pub & Cafe! Attendees can start arriving at 6:00pm and will be given two drink tickets for a limited selection of alcoholic or soft drinks. A buffet-style dinner will also be served. Trivia will start promptly at 7:00pm. Trivia will consist of policy-related questions and attendees will be broken up into teams to play the game.


Cannabis, Casino Gambling, and Cash:  Budgetary Implications and Beyond

October 14, 2022







Join for a networking lunch and guest speaker panel with ASPA, the American Society for Public Administration


This panel discussed the implications of state and city policies on cannabis and casino gambling. How do these policies affect city and state budgets? How do the policies impact residents beyond the budget? Three experts joined the ASPA Chicago Capter to discuss this important topic.


Chat with Alumni: What's Next?
July 12, 2022

The Student Leadership Council invites you to join our “Chatting with Alumni: What’s Next”
event on Tuesday, July 12th at 6 pm CT. The purpose of this event is to provide a space for
Northwestern MPPA alumni to discuss with current MPPA students about their experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Students in the accelerated MPPA program, part-time program, and recent graduates are welcome and encouraged to join.


2022 Resume Review Panel
June 28th, 2022

Join us for the MPPA Resume Review Panel to get helpful tips on how to make your resume marketable for the industry you are interested in pursuing. Those who are unsure of their next career move may also join to get more general advice. We will start the event with a few minutes of some helpful resources and information for MPPA students' professional advancement. We will then place students in breakout rooms with the panelist who suits their industry-based needs for specified feedback on their resumes.


Northwestern MPPA Networking Brunch
June 11th, 2022

As another school year comes to a close, the Northwestern MPPA Student Leadership Council (SLC) would like to invite you to attend a pre-convocation networking event! This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow MPPA students as well as alumni who continue to stay engaged with the NU community. The event includes a brunch buffet, as well as one drink ticket per individual.

Sports Administration

Who's Who?  MSA Student Event

December 13, 2022

MSA SLC FlyerThe Master's of Sports Administration Student Leadership Council will hold an online meet and greet event to introduce SLC Members, Faculty, the Academic Advisor, the Career Advisor, the MSA Director, and the Academic Events Coordinator. This is an opportunity for current MSA students to informally get to know leaders in the program.

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