Hezekiah Branch studies Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Tufts University


Research Areas of Interest:

- Machine Learning

- Network Science

- Cognitive Science

- Computational Neuroscience

- Health Data Science

  • Head of Tufts Black Jumbos, the largest and oldest-running social media platform for Black students at Tufts University. Founded by a powerful group of Black alumni from the historic Class of 2018.

  • Cofounder of Tufts BSCS (Tufts Black Students in Computer Science), the first department-sponsored organization for Black students in computer science and related fields at Tufts University. Advisor: Professor Kathleen Fisher, Dept. Chair

  • Creator of the Capen Challenge, a multiyear initiative of campus-wide  competitions and events.T

  • 2018-19 Experimental College Board, a historic Tufts college that offers innovative undergraduate courses.

  • 2018-19 Tisch Scholar for Civic Life, Tufts' highly selective fellowship offered through the Tisch College of Civic Life.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2X Forbes Under 30 Scholar

  • 2020 SXSW EDU Speaker

  • IBM Accelerate 2020

  • #FirstFlight @Twitter Fellow

  • LinkedIn Accelerate U

  • Code2040 Fellows Finalist

  • Capital One Ignite

  • UNCF STEM Scholar Cohort II

  • NSF FAST-TRAC Scholar

  • LSAMP Research Scholar

Technical Coursework:

  • Analytical Methods in Human Factors Engineering (Graduate)

  • Computational Models in Cognitive Science (Graduate)

  • Creating Children's Media (Graduate)

  • Databases (

  • Data Science for Sustainability (Graduate)

  • Data Structures (Undergraduate)

  • Ecological Statistics and Modeling (Graduate)

  • Linear Algebra (Undergraduate)

  • Machine Learning in Python (Online)

  • Network Science (Graduate)

  • Software Engineering (Graduate)

  • Technical & Managerial Communication (Undergraduate)

Technical Expertise:

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Bayesian Modeling (R, Python)

  • Cognitive Modeling

  • Health Data Science

  • Graph Theory

  • Network Science

  • Machine Learning

  • Software Engineering


Here are some of the fantastic professional experiences that I have had over the years.



Conference Speaker at SXSW EDU

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Panelist at Startup Boston Week 2020

Conference Speaker at PennApps 2020, University of Pennsylvania