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Rice Spring 2023 Teams

Meet our Rice Biokind Analytics teams for the spring 2023 semester!


Make-A-Wish


Our first team is working with Make-A-Wish. Make A Wish Foundation is a non-profit that serves to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our partnership will look to interpret volunteer demographics such as location, age, gender, family, and careers. Additional analysis will be performed to focus on alumni who have previously served at Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Team Make-A-Wish, pictured from left to right, is Kristen Nwafor (‘25), Michelle Pham (‘25), Kelvin Phung (‘26), Elaine Liu (‘25). Michelle will be this team’s lead.



African American Health Coalition


The African American Health Coalition is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and advocating for healthy communities for people of African descent. Our partnership will focus on analyzing health risks and trends specific to the African American community in Houston, Texas through the Health of Houston Survey which was graciously provided by the UT Health Houston School of Public Health.


This team’s members, pictured from left to right, are Marco Lagos (‘24), Archit Chabbi (‘24), Yuv Sachdeva (‘25), and Isha Kapre (‘24). Archit is the team lead!


Children at Risk

Children at Risk serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy. Our partnership focused on creating visualizations of demographic transitions in Texas in the last 20 years incorporating key variables such as income, birth location, and number of children.


This team’s lead is Melody He (‘25). The members of the team, pictured from left to right, are Jake Lehrman (‘25), Melody He (‘25), Jonathan Jang (‘26), and Rahul Prakash (‘26).


NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving lives for Americans affected by mental illness.


Pictured above from left to right are Krish Kumar (‘26), Samhita Vinay (‘26), Jolie Wang (‘26), and Jane Mo (‘25). Led by Jane, they will look to create data visualizations of the participant locations, analyze donation trends, and evaluate donor retention rate over time.


All of these teams will be presenting their results to their non-profits at the end of April. In the meantime, they will be working hard to apply different data science tools to their data sets.


OneStar Foundation: AmeriCorps Program


OneStar Foundation strengthens Texas communities by creating pathways for individuals and organizations to engage, connect, and accelerate their impact. They serve as major stronghold for the Texan non-profit sector. Our partnership focused on analyzing their AmeriCorps program and volunteer trends from 2003 to 2022.


Pictured above from top left to right are Alex Kornblum ('25) and Arush Adabala ('26). From the bottom left to right are Jaclyn Kolar from OneStar Foundation and Diya Gupta ('26). Lauren Yu ('25) (not pictured).


Cheers from our Rice leadership team!





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