Sara Mathieson

Sara Mathieson

Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
Haverford College

phone: (610) 896-1296
office: KINSC L302
email: smathieson [at] haverford [dot] edu

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Haverford College. I received my PhD in Computer Science in 2015 from UC Berkeley where I was advised by Yun S. Song. My research areas include computational and population genetics, with a focus on demographic inference. I am generally interested in developing statistical and machine learning methods for problems in biology.

Current Semester

Fall 2020 Schedule
  Machine Learning    
    Lecture   Tu/Fri 9:30-11am   Remote
    Labs   Thursdays 9:30-10:30am (A), 11-12pm (B)   Remote
  Office Hours   Mon 9:45-11am, Tues 4:30-6pm, and by appointment   Remote

Previous Courses

Haverford College

  Introduction to Data Structures (CS 106)   Spring 2020
  Machine Learning (CS 360)   Fall 2019

Swarthmore College

  Introduction to Computer Science (CS 21)   Fall 2017, Fall 2018
  Machine Learning (CS 66)   Spring 2019
  Bioinformatics (CS 68)   Spring 2018

Smith College

  How Computers Work (CSC 103)   Spring 2016
  Introduction to Computer Science (CSC 111)   Spring 2017
  Programming with Data Structures (CSC 212)   Spring 2016
  Computer Graphics (CSC 240)   Fall 2015, Fall 2016
  Topics in Computational Biology (CSC 334)   Fall 2015
  Topics in Artificial Intelligence (CSC 390)   Fall 2016

UC Berkeley (Teaching Assistant)

  Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory (CS 70)   Spring 2014
  Algorithms for Computational Biology (CS 176)   Fall 2013


More information on my Google Scholar page.


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2019 -
Haverford College
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Haverford, PA
2017 - 2019
Swarthmore College
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Swarthmore, PA
2015 - 2017
Smith College
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Northampton, MA
2010 - 2015
UC Berkeley
PhD, Computer Science
Designated Emphasis in Computational and Genomic Biology
Berkeley, CA
2008 - 2010
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Mathematics with Computer Science (18C)
Cambridge, MA
2006 - 2007
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA