I enjoy advising and supervising curious students at all levels from high school to Ph.D. In this page, you can see the list of students that I supervised over the years. See below first if you want to inquire about working under my supervision.

Last updated on Jan 7, 2021.


Are you a current/accepted GMU student interested in working with me?

Send an email at hkavak [at] gmu.edu and mention three things please:

  • your research interest
  • your CV/Resume
  • express whether you need funding/research assistant position (see open positions below).

Open funded graduate student or post-doc positions

I do not have a funded position for now. Please check back later.

Are you an ASSIP 2021 applicant interested in working with me?

In the summer of 2021, Drs. Taylor Anderson, Andreas Zufle, and I will be conducting a summer impact project supported by GMU’s Provost’s Office. In this project, we will investigate various aspects of COVID-19 spread from a data-driven perspective and have six ASSIP interns and some undergraduate and graduate students. We will conduct interviews with ASSIP candidates –among those who indicated their interest to work with us– in the late Feb - early March timeframe. You don’t have to send a separate email to me.


Current Ph.D. Committee Chair

  • Cody Mitchell - Computational Sciences and Informatics Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Research topic: Conjugate Learning: A Novel Semi-Supervised Learning Approach
    • Expected graduation: Summer 2021
  • Na Jiang (Richard) - Computational Social Science Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Research topic: Urban Shrinking
    • Expected graduation: Fall 2022
  • Clifton Russ - Computational Sciences and Informatics Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Research topic: TBA
    • Expected graduation: TBA
  • Samiul Islam - Computational Sciences and Informatics Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Research topic: TBA
    • Expected graduation: Fall 2024


Current Ph.D. Committee Membership

  • Bora Aslan - Ph.D. Candidate at International Relations Dept. at Old Dominion University.
  • Scott Hopkins - Computational Sciences and Informatics Ph.D. Candidate at GMU
  • Tom Wallace - Computational Social Science Ph.D. Candidate at GMU
  • Jarrod Grewe - Computational Sciences and Informatics program Ph.D. Candidate at GMU
  • Bruce Goldfeder - Computational Sciences and Informatics Ph.D. Candidate at GMU
  • Shatha Alahmadi - Computational Sciences and Informatics Ph.D. Student at GMU


Current Master’s Committee Chair

  • Maura Lapoff - Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (CSS concentration) Student at GMU
    • Research topic: Disease modeling
    • Expected graduation: TBA


Current Undergraduate Research Students

  • Gowri Prathap - (URSP Summer 2020) Computational and Data Sciences major at GMU.


Current High School Research Students

  • David Han - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (as of summer 2020).
  • Isheitaa Bansal - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Senior at Chantilly High School (as of summer 2020).

Past Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Chair

Past Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member

Past Undergraduate Research Students

  • Peter Banks - (Spring 2020) Economics major at GMU.

Past High School Research Students

  • Aarav Khanna - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (as of summer 2020).
  • **Rayan Yu ** - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Senior at James Madison High School (as of summer 2020).