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Past Contest Winners

The ”Gender of Data” Contest

In honor of women’s history month, the WSU Data Analytics program hosted the Gender of Data contest. Entries were accepted through Thursday, April 15th, 2021.

Winners were chosen by judges, and prizes for this contest include an array of items sponsored by Google Cloud!


Winner: Jenny Cheng, untitled media

Prize: Google Cloud knapsack, hammock, Bluetooth speaker


Winner: Natalie Mote, “Signs”

Prize: Google Cloud knapsack with tech accessories, earbuds

Process: “My design is titled “Signs” and was inspired by the concept of “queer signaling”. As a non-binary person that was raised as a woman, my relationship with gender is a unique one. My goal with this piece is to confront the idea of gender in media, how people are assigned gender roles at birth, and how they may risk isolation or backlash if they attempt to break out of that predetermined mold. The construct of gender is one that can be dismantled by both cis and trans folks, and my piece was created with the intention of planting this idea in the viewer’s mind so that it can continue to grow.– Natalie 


Winner: Ciara Parkhurst, “Gender Collage”

Prize: Google Cloud knapsack with water bottle, hydration timer

Process: The collage consists of public domain imagery printed and cut to be arranged as a collage. The piece was then copied into Adobe Photoshop to incorporate a digital component that overlaps historical and contemporary imagery surround gender – a concept that extends far beyond traditional ideologies. ” -Ciara


Winner: Amrit Banga, “Reflections”

Prize: Google Cloud tech accessories prize box








“Gender Collage” from Ciara Parkhurst










 “Reflections” from Amrit Banga

Depiction of gender disparities from Jenny Cheng

“Signs” from Natalie Mote


”I Love Data” contest


The “I Love Data” Contest ran for the month of March 2021. 

First place winner: Carston Blegen, NFL Season Sim History

Prize: Xbox Ultimate Game Pass 12-month subscription, sponsored by Microsoft

“This project is my NFL Season Sim project, a personal project that I have been working on continually for 3 years, including my current season, the 3rd season sim. 

This project consists of simulating each and every NFL game of a recycled NFL Season schedule and recording every single stat from that season in this sheet. For every single season I add more statistics to record, with the hope of eventually creating my own simulation website that will record each of these stats in a legacy storage, that will simulate a whole season on its own and make for a faster simulation process. After every NFL Season, I go back through using a 3rd party website and simulate another example of that season using a different schedule, producing an alternate outcome of the season including every single offensive stat from every NFL player that season. 

Sim History: 

2nd Sim (Completed Season): 

3rd Sim (Current): 



Second place winner: Jenny Cheng, untitled video

Prize: Xbox Live Gold 12-month subscription, sponsored by Microsoft



Screenshot of NFL Season Sim History Project
Screenshot of a Sheet of the NFL Season Sim History Project
Screenshot of a Sheet of the 3rd NFL Season Sim Project
Screenshot of a Sheet of the 3rd NFL Season Sim Project







Data video clip from Jenny Cheng

Game Nights

Each semester, the data analytics program has hosted a game night with students, advisors, staff, and our director. Students compete in one or two data analytics-related games for prizes.

Spring 2022  student winners:

  • Anna McDonald
  • Charles Fuller
  • Freeman Chen
  • Joshua Yang
  • Tyler Zimmerman

Spring 2021  student winners:

  • Alex Johnson
  • Josh Pickel
  • Kane Anderson
  • Matt Clark

Spring 2021  professional prizes:

  • Mary Rezac, WSU VCEA Dean
  • Julie Albers, Nordstrom
  • Evgenia Gvozdeva, Russell Investments
  • Ravi Waran, Clearwater Paper

Fall 2020 student winners:

  • Nathan Shine
  • Matt Clark
  • Kane Anderson
  • Lara Mechling

Fall 2020 professional prizes:

  • Michael Brundage, Google
  • Lak Lakshmann, Google
  • Sasi Pillay, WSU CIO
  • Matt Jockers, WSU CAS Dean