April Heyward is a Public Administration Doctoral Researcher, R Programmer, Data Science and Machine Learning Inspired, and a STEM Program Manager. She has been working in the public sector for over a decade and is pursing her Doctorate in Public Administration. April is a 3rd Year Doctoral Student in the Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) Program in the Department of Political Science at Valdosta State University. Her research interests are Computational Social Science, Data Science, E-Government, Machine Learning, Public Administration, and Public Policy. Data Science and Machine Learning are fascinating disciplines and their application can be adapted by a plethora of disciplines (e.g., Social Science). Computational Social Science is employing Data Science and Machine Learning to inform and to solve complex problems in Social Science.
April is integrating Data Science and Machine Learning and employing R programming specifically RStudio into her research and research methods. There is a global human resource challenge in finding individuals from various domains that do programming; statistics; data wrangling to a tidy format in preparation for data analysis and data visualization; and employ Machine Learning. Her long-term research focus is how Data Science and Machine Learning can inform and solve complex problems in Public Administration, Public Policy, and other sub-disciplines of Social Science.
April is a STEM Program Manager for the SC EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Program which is a science-driven state-based National Science Foundation (NSF) program. She develops, implements, and manages STEM programs to increase research capacity, research competitiveness, and the STEM workforce pipeline in South Carolina. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Benedict College and a Master of Research Administration (MRA) from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), ASPA Section on Public Administration Research, ASPA Lowcountry Chapter, and the South Carolina Academy of Science. She has been published in publications. April is a Columnist for ASPA PA (Public Administration) Times. She is also a HRSA Grant Reviewer and evaluates proposals in a fair, equitable, and objective manner to provide healthcare services for persons living with HIV (PLWH).