Alex Hayes

Looking for exciting rotation opportunities and summer internships. I blog about R and statistics at


2014 2018

Rice University

B.A. Statistics with Distinction in Research and Creative Work Houston, Texas

University of Wisconsin, Madison

1st Year PhD student in Statistics Madison, Wisconsin


Summer 2018


RStudio Remote
  • Maintained the open source R package broom (160K+ downloads/month)
  • Wrote specification for key functions and a test suite to guarantee this behavior
  • Oversaw 40+ pull requests and 80+ bug fixes from dozens of contributors
  • Developed extensive guidelines and support materials for contributors
  • Main author for the 0.5.0 release of the package
Fall 2017

Student Researcher

Rice University, Allen Lab Houston, Texas
  • Investigated biomarkers predictive of cognitive resilience to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Applied novel algorithmic regularization techniques to select features from high dimensional correlated data
  • Performed gene target studies to understand dependencies between genetic and epigenetic markers
Summer 2017

Research Intern

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Brown Lab Seattle, Washington
  • Investigated how social relationships and interactions affected adherence to drug regimens in clinical trials
  • Analyzed clinical trial data using linear and logistic regression, mixed models, dimension reduction techniques and Markov models
  • Created a fully reproducible report for trial stakeholders
Spring 2016

Student Researcher

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership Houston, Texas
  • Developed a survey for parks users for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD)
  • Determined which attributes of parks were most important to park users, allowing HPARD to more efficiently budget for renovations and new parks
  • Cleaned, managed and visualized results from 241 surveys using R


Fall 2018

Graduate Teaching Assistant

STAT 324 Intro to Statistics for Engineeers University of Wisconsin-Madison
Spring 2018

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

COMP 540 Statistical Machine Learning Rice University
Fall 2017

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

COMP 330 Data Science Tools & Models Rice University

Workshops for Rice Data Science Club

Organized and taught ~5 workshops on statistical modeling and reproducible research



Reviewer for the Journel of Open Source Software