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Matt Crittenden ’21

Majors: {{https://www.wm.edu/as/internationalrelations, International Relations}} & {{https://www.wm.edu/as/data-science, Data Science}}

Matt Crittenden’s William & Mary journey started the moment he set foot on campus at Day for Admitted Students. He came to DFAS knowing he had an interest in international politics and improving the world, he just didn’t know what niche he would get into or what school would be right for him. That day, he attended a panel discussion hosted by AidData that inspired him to pursue data science and come to W&M. "I double-majored in international relations and data science to gain a breadth of skills which enable me to contribute to a just and sustainable world."

As a James Monroe Scholar at William & Mary and a 2021 Rhodes Scholarship finalist, Matt’s interests were at the intersection of international development, security, and harnessing data to better inform development policy and practice. In addition to his independent research, Matt supported community-based development projects on health and education in the Dominican Republic and the Philippines, leveraging skills from intercultural collaboration to software development. As a team lead in W&M's geoLab and an active member of the Global Research Institute, he fostered student-led research on campus and strived to create spaces for student growth and achievement.

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