Rachel E. Roca

Hi, I'm Rachel!

I am a first year PhD student at Michigan State University in Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering under advisors Dr. Liz Munch and Dr. Danny Caballero. I am a member of the Munch Lab and the Computational Education Research Lab. Particularly, I am interested in topological data analysis applied to education and other social systems.

In my undergrad, I majored in mathematics, minoring in computer science and Spanish at Manhattan College. You can check out my work in undergrad under my Activities and Research tabs. I am still very passionate about the areas of those projects.

I would love to combine my interests for research, teaching, and social justice in my career. To find out more about me, I encourage you to explore my website. Please feel free to reach out!

Research Interests

topological data analysis, mathematics and social sciences, voting theory, neural networks


  • I have accepted an offer to attend Michigan State University's Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering doctoral program starting this coming fall! (April 2021)

  • My poster was accepted "Task Performance or Artifact Reduction? Evaluating the Number of Channels and Dropout based on Signal Detection on a U-Net with SSIM Loss" was accepted at the ISMRM 2021 Annual Conference. (March 2021)

  • My poster presentation at the Joint Mathematics Meeting received an Outstanding Poster Award (Jan 2021)

  • The Shortest Paths on Cubes Manuscript was accepted by the College Mathematics Journal (Nov 2020)

  • I was named a 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholar (April 2020)