Santiago Virtual Internship: R Programming to Explore Rural Community Property Accumulation

September 01, 2022

Xi Wang, a Master's student in Statistics at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), has worked with with Universidad Mayor’s Research Center on Society and Health (CISS) on the analysis of community property accumulation and transmission in rural families.

Wang, who is one of the 21 students working this northern hemisphere summer in the Santiago Center-organized Global Virtual Internship Program, performed the internship under the guidance of Professor Nicolás Montalva. She has put her programming skills to use, employing R Programming for data cleansing in preparation for further analysis, while also building phylogenetic trees to explore the relationships between different communities.

“Through this internship, I have been able to acquire some hands-on experience in the application of my technical knowledge in data science,” she says. “It's also a fantastic opportunity for me to collaborate with people with diverse backgrounds!”