I enjoy advising curious students at all levels from high school to Ph.D. Currently, I supervise undergraduate and graduate students. Over the summer of 2020, I am planning to integrate high school students into my research activities. See below first if you want to inquire about working under my supervision.


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. Check back later.


Current Ph.D. Committee Chair

  • Melonie Richey - Computational Social Science Ph.D. Candidate at GMU
    • Provisional title: Modeling Refugee Populations Using Agent-Based Models
  • Paul Cummings - Computational Social Science Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Provisional title: Developing a Near Decomposable and Interpretable Machine Learning and Agent-Based Model for Social Science Theory


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
  • Gideon Gogovi - 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


Current Undergraduate Research Students

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


Current High School Research Students

  • Aarav Khanna - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
  • David Han - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
  • Isheitaa Bansal - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Senior at Chantilly High School.
  • **Rayan Yu ** - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Senior at James Madison High School.

Past Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member

Past Undergraduate Research Students

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