Lia Bozarth

105 S. State Street
PhD student


I grew up in the West Coast and earned my bachelors in computer science from the University of Washington, Seattle. Post undergrad, I worked in mega technology firms as a software engineer for a few years. Afterwards, I decided to pursue a PhD focusing on data mining and network analysis in School of Information at University of Michigan.

School and work:

Enrolled in a running-start program and finished the last two years of my high school taking community college classes; this part, my classmates were the cool bunch. I actually studied organic chemistry exams with a single mother who’s trying to be a pharmacist.

Moved to Seattle after high school; worked to earn in-state residency while attending school and completed BS in Computer Science at UW in three and a half years.

Interned at Expedia; full-time employee at Amazon, and then Google.

Things I did/do that are pretty cool:

Solo traveled around the world for half a year:
----Took a 2-week Thai Massage course in Chiang Mai
----Biked 1000+ km Around Taiwan
----Stayed with a family of native Mongolians, painted goats and rode horses with them
----Took a 7 day Trans-Siberian train from Ulan-Ude to Moscow
----Solo hiked alongside Loch Ness (the Great Glen Way) for over a week in Scotland

Sorta-long-term activist:
----Phone banked and canvassed for Hillary Clinton in 2008; was also a phone operator at DNC’s Nevada headquarter
----Canvassed for Washington State marriage equality in 2012 (Washington Referendum 74)
----Participated in and advocated for Occupy Seattle
----Currently serving as a student representative for Graduate Student Government

Fun stuff:
----Pretty great at playing Dance Dance Revolution and air hockey
----One time, I split an apple with my bare hands
----Did some mega one-day hikes: Half Dome at Yosemite, 16 miles Narrows Canyon at Zion, Mount Charleston Loop near Las Vegas; Mount Whitney is next!

Areas of interest

Collective Behavior
Computational Social Science
Data Mining
Natural Language Processing
Network Analysis
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