Computer Science Undergraduate Emily Warman Wins Wells Fargo Campus Analytics Challenge

Emily Warman (CS 4th year) has been named a winner of the Wells Fargo Campus Analytics Challenge, one of five winners from across the country. Warman will receive $2,000 and a trip to San Francisco in March for a two-day analytics summit.

Based in San Francisco, Wells Fargo is one of the world’s largest banks. The purpose of the virtual Campus Analytics Challenge, sponsored by Wells Fargo’s Office of Innovation, Enterprise Social Media, and Chief Data Office-Enterprise Data and Analytics, was to help the company extract meaning and actionable information from its flood of social media communication from customers.

Warman successfully analyzed a set of social media data and developed a repeatable process to identify, classify, and extract underlying drivers of consumer financial conversations and comments in social media. Her work was graded on analytic and quantitative insights, methodology and approach, documented code, data discussion, and more.

“Emily put together a winning project on a tight deadline and facing competition from some of the top CS departments in the country,” said Aron Culotta, assistant professor of computer science. “I’m impressed at how quickly she has refined her data science skills, and I believe she is on her way to a rewarding career.”

Warman does research with Culotta, working to improve the demographic classification of Twitter users who feel positively or negatively about e-cigarettes. Read more about their research here.