Jessie Finocchiaro

Hi, I’m Jessie! (Pronouns: she/her)

I’m about to start my 4th year of my PhD in the CS Theory group at CU Boulder, working with Dr. Rafael Frongillo. In general, my research interests intersect Theoretical Machine Learning, Algorithmic Game Theory, and Computational Economics. In particular, I am interested in decisionmaking in the midst of uncertainty, how the questions we ask affect what we learn [from people, machine learning algorithms], and how this uncertainty affects people. I was named as a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Starting March 2020, I am a working group co-organizer for the Mechanism Design for Social Good Working Group on Fairness, Bias, and Discrimination with Duncan McElfresh and Faidra Monachou (and formerly Manish Raghavan).

Before starting graduate school at CU, I didn’t feel like I knew anyone who had gotten a research-based graduate degree, and as a result, had no idea what I was getting into. For example, I didn’t know that many PhD programs are fully-funded, I had no idea how to search for programs, etc. In fact, I really didn’t even know what questions to ask about programs. If you feel like you’re in the same boat, I would be more than happy to chat and share my experience, or try to connect you to someone in graduate school with a similar background.

At one point, I was interviewed for our department get-to-know-you, and got to sit down with my good friend Izzy for a nice chat.


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