Sam Shatzkin

I'm a joint Master's and undergraduate computer science student at The University of Chicago, with an focus in human-computer interaction and biotechnology. I'm passionate about exploring these subjects through multidisciplinary study and the pursuit of exploratory passion projects.

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  University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

Master of Science
Computer Science
Representative Courses
  • MPCS 51240 - Product Management (Currently Enrolled)
  • MPCS 51230 - User Interface and User Experience Design (Currently Enrolled)
Currently Enrolled, Class of 2022

  University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Science
Computer Science
Representative Courses
Human-Computer Interaction
  • CMSC 20300 - Intro to Human-Computer Interaction
  • MAAD 23281 - Topics in Human Robot Interaction
  • MAAD 24920 - Virtual Reality Production
Computer Science
  • CMSC 29512 - Entrepeneurship in Technology * Master's Level
  • CMSC 23230 - Engineering Interactive Electronics onto Printed Circuit Boards
  • CMSC 22200 - Computer Architecture
  • CMSC 21800 - Data Science for Compuer Scientists
  • CMSC 23900 - Data Visualization
  • CMSC 27200 - Theory of Algorithms
  • ECEV 44500 - Networks in Ecology and Evolution * Graduate Level
  • BIOS 29208 - Machine Learning & Advanced Analytics for Biomedicine
  • BIOS 26120 - An Introduction to Bioinformatics and Proteomics * Master's Level
  • BIOS 20151 - Quantitative Modeling in Biology
  • BIOS 20153 - Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOS 29142 - From Fossils to Fermi's Paradox: Origin and Evolution of Intelligent Life
Currently Enrolled, Class of 2022

  Big Idea Gap Year - Be'er Sheva, Israel

Training Course for Web and Mobile Programmers. Also participated in a one month internship at the Center for Development and innovation in Be’er Sheva’s high-tech park.
Sept 2017 - Feb 2018

  Bronx High School of Science - New York, NY

Specialized Science High School - Math Research Specialization

Sept 2013 - June 2017



University of Chicago Engineering Society - Chicago, IL

  • Coordinate and lead long-term engineering projects, guest speakers, and educational workshops for 20-40 people
  • Increased membership by 500% through a graphic design and marketing overhaul, organizing info sessions, and introducing new events and workshops that better engage with current and prospetive members
  • Manage Society budget, apply to grants for project funding, and recruit corporate event sponsors
October 2018 - Present

Kappa Theta Pi, Professional Technology Fraternity - Chicago, IL

  • Member of prestigious co-ed technology fraternity, participating in educational, career development, and networking events.
June 2015 - June 2017

B’nai B’rith Youth Organization - New York, NY

Regional President, Regional Head of Communications
  • Oversaw and created educational programs, social events, charity initiatives, social media presence, digital outreach and training programs
  • Implemented recruitment and fundraising procedures and goals
June 2015 - June 2017


Programming Languages
Additional Languages, Tools and Skills
  • Photography & Videography
  • Soldering
  • Laser Cutting
  • 3-D Printing
  • Juggling

Extracirricular Interests

When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, playing board games with my friends, tending my garden, or getting out into nature to take some pictures.

At school, I’m the President of UChicago’s Engineering Society, a student organization that serves as the engineering hub for UChicago’s undergrad student body. We host educational workshops, guest speakers, hackathons and weekly project nights where members work on a variety of long and short - term projects.

Recent Reads
  • Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited by Ken Liu. (Currently Reading)
  • Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths. - Exceptional Book that cleverly applies Computer Science intution to real-world problems and in doing so, applies real-world intution to the study of computer science.
  • The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon. - A fun book that dives into the fun, fascinating, and fiendish solutions that natural selection has given us to some of nature's toughest problems.

Awards & Certifications

  • Dean's List 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • Award for Outstanding Abstract Art, Arts Connection - May 2015
  • Award for Display of Outstanding Entrepeneurship, Big Idea - Summer 2014