Shwetha is a Masters Candidate in Computational Analysis and Public Policy at the University of Chicago. As a Bartlett fellow, she is working with Professor Jina to examine the impact of locust plagues in Africa on health and economic outcomes. She spent the last few years in Southeast Asia working on research, monitoring and evaluation of global health programs. She graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and economics. Overall, Shwetha’s interests lie in incorporating computational skills and evidenced-based decision-making to improve community wellbeing.

“Through the fellowship, I’ve gained exposure to novel topics in climate change and the broader science of environmental issues. Furthermore, the opportunity to delve into real-world data and understand the challenges in accurately estimating impact has been invaluable and has solidified my interest in academic research.”