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 June 25, 2021.


Student and post-doc positions

Postdoc Position: We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join our inter-disciplinary team, which aims to make disease spread models more realistic. The expected start date is within Fall 2021. Application link.

GRA Position: We are looking for a graduate student to work on an agent based modeling of supply chain attacks project. Expected start date is Fall 2021. Details here

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).

Current Ph.D. Committee Chair

  • Cody Mitchell - Computational Sciences and Informatics Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Dissertation Title: Conjugated Learning: Semi-Supervised Learning with Bayesian Inference
    • Expected graduation: Summer 2021
  • Na Jiang (Richard) - Computational Social Science Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Dissertation Title: Exploring Urban Shrinkage via Computational Approaches: A Case Study of Detroit
    • Expected graduation: Fall 2021
  • Tom Wallace - Computational Social Science Ph.D. Candidate at GMU
    • Research topic: Deep Q-Learning in Agent-Based Modeling
    • Expected graduation: TBA
  • 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: TBA
  • Andrew Leach - Computational Social Science Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Research topic: TBA
    • Expected graduation: TBA
  • Clark Petri - Computational Social Science Ph.D. Student at GMU
    • Research topic: TBA
    • Expected graduation: TBA


Current Ph.D. Committee Member

  • Bora Aslan - Ph.D. Candidate at International Relations Dept. at Old Dominion University.
  • Scott Hopkins - Computational Sciences and Informatics 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
  • Tony Henseler - Computational Sciences and Informatics Ph.D. Student at GMU
  • Amira Al-Khulaidy -Computational Social Science Ph.D. Student at GMU


Current Master’s Committee Chair

  • Maura Lapoff - Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Student (CSS concentration) at GMU
    • Graduation project topic: Computational Social Science in Disease Modeling
    • Expected graduation: Fall 2021


Current Undergraduate Research Students

  • Justin Elarde - (Spring-Summer 2021). Geography and Geoinformation Science major at GMU. Co-supervised with Taylor Anderson and Andreas Züfle.
    • 🏆 Received College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium Award in Environmental and Earth Sciences.
    • 🏆 Received GMU’s OSCAR Student Award
  • Gowri Prathap - (URSP Summer 2020) Computational and Data Sciences major at GMU.


Current High School Research Students

  • David Han (ASSIP 2020-2021) - Graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Admitted to Cornell University (Class of 2025).
  • Aarav Khanna - (ASSIP 2020) - Rising Senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (as of summer 2021).

Past Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Chair

Past Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member

Past Undergraduate Research Students

  • Cecelia M Oneill - (Spring 2021) Geography and Geoinformation Science major at GMU. Co-supervised with Taylor Anderson and Andreas Züfle.
    • 🏆 Received College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium Award in Environmental and Earth Sciences.
  • Peter Banks - (Spring 2020) Economics major at GMU.

Past High School Research Students

  • Isheitaa Bansal - (ASSIP 2020) - Graduated from Chantilly High School. Admitted to Virginia Tech (Class of 2025).
  • Rayan Yu - (ASSIP 2020) - Graduated from James Madison High School. Admitted to The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Class of 2025).