Kristin Stephens-Martinez

Kristin Stephens-Martinez

ksteph [at]

Computer Science PhD Student

360 Hearst Memorial Mining Bldg

UC Berkeley, 94720-1776

About Me

I am a Computer Science PhD student at UC Berkeley, started August 2010. My Master's research work is in computer networking with Vern Paxson. My PhD research interest lies at the intersection of education and computer science, mainly with Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) data, and I am advised by Armando Fox and Marti Hearst. I sit in the Berkeley institute of Design (BiD) lab.

My specific research interest is on looking at the data from machine-gradeable assessments, with the goal to find interpretable data-driven insights that help instructors find ways to improve their course material.

I am the founder and CS-coordinator of EECS Peers. A group dedicated to supporting fellow graduate students with grad school life. In 2012-2013 I served as the computer science co-president for WICSE. And I have I volunteered as a role model at Techbridge, an after school program to inspire girls in technology, science, and engineering.

I graduated summa cum laude from University of Maryland (UMD) receiving my B.S. in Computer Science. I dabbled in various research areas while at Maryland including: software engineering with FindBugs, artificial intelligence by applying genetic algorithms to swarm intelligence, and computer networking.

Below are highlights from my CV, with the full version here.



Technical Report



Honors and Awards


I post articles and interesting stuff I find on the Internet to my Google plus account.

I have several hobbies to balance out my grad school life. I make origami earrings (that can be seen here) and crochet. I also swing dance. Great dance venues include: Lindy on Sproul and Dancer's Den.

My arts and craft hobbies can also be seen on my blog Hobby Sanity.