COVES Fellow Profile

Zhenyi Huang

  • Ph.D. candidate, Statistical Science
  • George Mason University
  • Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

“I am profoundly grateful to the COVES Policy Fellowship, mentors, and colleagues who enriched this transformative journey. This experience ignited my passion for meaningful research.” 

Summer Responsibilities: To shed light on the lack of perinatal services available to rural Virginians and to encourage effective interventions, Zhenyi leveraged tools like ArcGIS, R, and Microsoft Access and discovered a significant correlation between longer travel times to health care providers and lower education levels with a higher likelihood of low birth-weight infants.

Background: Zhenyi focuses on developing advanced, data-driven algorithms for automated detection and extraction of global and local structures of protein landscape. He has worked as a graduate teaching assistant, providing tutoring and grading for introductory and advanced statistics courses, as well as a physics algorithm engineer in Beijing, China. In his free time, Zhenyi enjoys playing violin and was a member of the Great Woods Symphony Orchestra at Wheaton College.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Statistical Science, George Mason University
  • M.S., Statistics, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., Mathematics and Physics, Wheaton College