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Maria V. Fernandez is Research Program Manager for the Data Science Institute. Working closely with DSI leadership and faculty, Maria is responsible for the development, coordination, and execution of research initiatives at the DSI, including the Data & Democracy and AI+Science initiatives. She also manages the DSI’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program as well as the DSI’s student research and engagement initiatives, Summer Lab and Data4All.

Before joining the DSI in January 2023, Maria was a Project Manager and Metadata Specialist at the University of Chicago Library. She has worked for several years in higher education and research libraries at the University of Chicago, Brown University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Dartmouth College. She received a MS in Information Studies and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in History from Dartmouth College.