Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, BS
Born in the Virginian suburbs of Washington, D.C., Reza grew up in the political and historical environment of the capital. Until his senior year of high school, he saw himself pursuing a STEM field. That changed when he took Advanced Placement courses in literature and Latin, both of which helped him develop a greater appreciation for the humanities. He began his studies at Northeastern planning on finishing with a BS in Linguistics. However, after taking a couple of inspiring classes — ‘CS 2510: Fundamentals of Computer Science and ECON 1116: Principles of Microeconomics’ — during his first two years, he reimagined his academic and professional paths and is now pursuing a Computer Science and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) combined major with a concentration in Law and Justice, as well as a minor in Linguistics.
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Took Fundamentals of Computer Science with Prof. Ben Lerner and was inspired by Prof. Lerner's pedagogical approach and his passion for teaching.
Worked in the CORE Lab, where he learned to solve problems and develop creative solutions.
Took Moral Philosophy with Prof. John Basl, reinvigorating Reza’s love for philosophy.
Had a co-op at Technical University in Germany designing materials for reading studies & conducting eye tracking experiments.
Joined Generate, a student-led product development studio where tech-minded students build real-world products for NEU ventures.
Took Public Policy and Admiration with Prof. Michael Dukakis and found a mentor.
Completed another co-op at Salsify in Boston, working on the core platform solving problems for customers and working on new features.
Reza will graduate in 2021 with a BS degree in Computer Science and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and a minor in Linguistics.
“During my first two years, I found myself pursuing subjects according to my interests, and that landed me with a split between linguistics, computer science, and PPE. I decided to pursue a combined major in PPE and CS, as I wanted to learn more about the material in these fields and recognized the need for the intersection of these disciplines in modern society. With the rapid advancement of technology, the relationship between technology and regulation becomes more disparate and daunting.”
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- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...
- Took Ethics and Evolutionary Games with Prof. Smead on theories regarding the evolution of particular behaviors.
- Became a TA for Introduction to Logic, giving Aja a chance to hone her logic skills, and become more familiar with pedagogy and course prep.
- Took Ecological Economics with Prof. Mattias Ruth which tied economics, physics, & biology together – another instance of interdisciplinary approaches.
- Participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations focused on the Turkish migrant populations in Berlin & the particular social & economic challenges.
- Completed the capstone course Intro to Mathematical Methods & Modeling with Prof. Solomon Jekel, & explored various applications of differential equations models.
- Capped off her time at NEU with an Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis, using agent-based model to simulate & analyze school choice policies.
- Aja is now pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Boston University...
- Martin’s first co-op was with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Watertown, MA, assisting in drug-related organized crime investigations.
- For his second co-op, Martin joined Boston Private Bank & Trust Co to combat money laundering and fraud.
- Martin’s Capstone Project evaluated police program implementation to reduce biased crime against the LGTBQ community.
- Martin valued the class Policing in a Democratic Society for connecting coursework with his law enforcement experience.
- Martin held several leadership roles with the Filipino student association NU Barkada, which translates to “group of friends.”
- Martin and the Huskies Environmental Action Team (HEAT) organized a proposal to reform on-campus composting behaviors.
- After graduation, Martin plans to work with federal law enforcement to continue fulfilling his dream of helping others by preventing crime...