Erin Blasko | February 16, 2019
University of Notre Dame senior Gregory Serapio-García has been selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge in England.
A psychology major and Idzik Computing and Digital Technologies Program minor in the College of Arts and Letters, Serapio-García is one of 34 Gates Cambridge Scholars representing 37 colleges or universities across the U.S.
A native of San Ramon, California, Serapio-García will pursue a doctorate in psychology at Cambridge.
Specifically, he will analyze social media big data to improve mental health assessment, with the long-term goal of improving the lives of the mentally vulnerable and more thoroughly informing policymakers and leaders in the technology industry on social data ethics.
He also hopes to mentor undergraduate students of color and increase LGBTQ representation in academia at Cambridge.
“I am humbled to be named a Gates Cambridge Scholar and feel deeply grateful for the many Notre Dame friends, faculty mentors and benefactors that have supported me along the way. I am indebted to Dr. David Watson, Dr. Lee Anna Clark and Dr. Daniel Lapsley in the Department of Psychology for their countless hours of help and guidance,” Serapio-García said.
He continued, “As a Gates Cambridge Scholar and social data scientist, I hope to inform the next generation of the world’s best physicians, lawyers, philosophers and educators of both the promise of online social data in transforming mental health care and the moral imperative to combat the exploitative use of big data in this proliferating field. I thank my Notre Dame education for deepening my concern for the common good and calling me to serve as an advocate for those overlooked by society.”
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