Consulting, analytics, and tutoring services

Consulting, analytics, and tutoring services

Based in E.H. Little Library, Data CATS supports students, faculty and staff in data analytics work. We’re here to answer all your data analytics and statistics questions. From class assignments to research to business analytics, our services are free for Davidson students, faculty, and staff, and on a contract basis with local companies. We can help at any stage of your research or project, from translating ideas into data-focused questions to collecting, organizing, analyzing, visualizing, and interpreting data.

Open Office Hours

Open office hours are Sunday – Thursday, 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. in E.H. Little Library’s first floor, near the Research & Design Studio. You may also directly contact the director, Dr. Laurie Heyer.

Drop-in tutoring sessions and consulting available onsite during office hours. 

Faculty & Student consultants

Experienced faculty student consultants are available to tutor across a wide range of data science topics and software, especially data analytics, data visualization, and building dashboards.

Meet the Faculty Consultants

Besir Ceka

Associate Professor of Political Science

Specializes in European Politics and International Relations. I teach a variety of courses at Davidson, including Research Methods in Political Science. I am happy to help you with research design, data analysis, and visualization. In terms of software, I am most comfortable with Stata.

Available: Mondays2-4p

Debbie Thurtle-Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Biology

Specializes in integrating novel genomics data into teaching bioinformatics. I teach classes on bioinformatics, genomics, and biostatistics. I am happy to help with research design and data analysis and can help best with Python, R, and bash scripting.

Available: Tuesdays 2-4p

Jonad Pulaj

Assistant Professor Of Mathematics And Computer Science

Specializes in Combinatorial Optimization, Experimental Mathematics, and Operations Research.  I consider myself a dedicated educational guide and am committed to active learning and collaboration as well as diversity and inclusion.

Available: Wednesdays 2:30-4p

Shyam Gouri Suresh

Associate Professor of Economics

Specializes in International Trade, International Migration, Macroeconomics, Simulation Modeling, and Economics and Ethics. I love to foster critical thinking in and out of the classroom and I host Econversations – a weekly informal discussion forum that takes a deep dive into economics-related topics.

Available: Thursdays 2-4p

Meet the Student Consultants

Hailey Braemer

Economics/Data Science

Specializes in data visualization and analysis for econometrics with experience in Excel, Stata, R and Python.

Constantine Desjardins

Economics/Data Science

Specializes in statistical and econometric data analysis with proficient experience in R, Excel, Mathematica, and Stata.

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Alexander Donald

Computer Science /Data Science

Specializes in data analysis and data visualization. Proficient in Python, Power BI, and R with additional knowledge about databases and other programming languages. 

Richard Hu


Specializes in statistical data analysis and econometrics with proficient experience in Stata and R tidyverse. 

Sky Luo

Computer Science/Economics

Specializes in Python, Java, HTML, CSS, Javascript, web scraping. Specializes in web development, data mining(Beautiful Soup), and data analysis.

Kostas Mateer

Computer Science/Russian Studies

Specializes in machine learning, data analysis, and web development. Proficient in excel, Python, and other programming languages and libraries.

Mohamed Mostafa

Economics/Computer Science

Specializes in exploratory data analysis (EDA) and visualization. Most proficient in Python and R with sufficient experience in Excel and Power BI.

Akua Owusu

Political Science/Data Science

Specializes in data science and visualization for political science, education and economics projects. Most proficient in R, Stata and Excel with additional experience in Python and SQL

Charis Qi


Specializes in data analysis and visualization with proficient experience in Python, Java, Linux, R, and Excel.

Sude Sement

Economics/Data Science

Specializes in data visualization and data analysis for econometrics with proficient experience in Stata, R and Excel along with other programming languages.

Anna Sharp

Public Health/ Data Science

Specializes in data visualization and data analysis. Most proficient in Python, R, and Wolfram Language with sufficient knowledge in Tableau as well.

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Kishan Vyas

Computer Science/Economics

Specializes in data analysis, data models, and data visualization. Most proficient in R with sufficient knowledge in Excel and Python as well.

Helena von Leupoldt

Economics/Computer Science

Specializes in Forecasting and Stats/Econometrics with proficient experience in R, Excel, Python and Java.

Computer Science Major, Data Science Minor

Oma Hameed

Specializes in data science, data analysis, data visualization, and scientific research. Proficient in Python, Excel, LaTeX. 

Eric Xu

Philosophy/Computer Science

Specializes in data visualization using D3 and javascript. I am also familiar with Java, Python, C++. And I can do data analysis using machine learning skills supported by sklearn package of python.

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Grace Smith (she/her)

Computer Science

Specializes in statistics, data analysis, and data visualization. Most proficient in Python, R, Excel, SQL and D3.js.

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Maxine Tang

Computer Science

Specializes in data analysis and data visualization. Most proficient in JavaScript, Python and C++.

Data Lab Director

Kimbrough Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

My interests are in bioinformatics and data science for social justice. I have expertise in probability and statistics, mathematical modeling, data visualization and cluster analysis. I work primarily in R and Python. 


Contact Dr. Laurie Heyer, Data Lab Director, Kimbrough Professor of Mathematics and Chair of Genomics

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