Hi everyone! My name is Sal Balkus, and I am an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Public Policy Center. I am from Franklin, Massachusetts, and I am currently a freshman at UMass Dartmouth, majoring in Data Science. I also serve on the university’s Honors Council, and I enjoy rock climbing and hiking with the Outdoor Club.
Working at the PPC provides an exciting opportunity for me to do social science research and apply my data analysis and statistics skills to a variety of data. I am passionate about all things data science and I hope to pursue graduate study, as well as a career in the field. As such, I am very glad that I am able to work a job on campus that is relevant to my future career goals and yields valuable experience that will aid me in the future.