HMC team wins Datathon Global Championship, $100k prize 

A team of Harvey Mudd College students recently placed first at the Citadel Datathon Global Championship, a premier data science competition hosted by Citadel that is open to undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students with a $100,000 cash prize.

Mudd sophomores Milo Knell, Alan Wu, David Chen and Forrest Bicker bested 21 teams for the prize, including groups from MIT, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Brown, Duke University, and others.

The Mudd team also won Citadel’s West Coast Data Regional competition more than a year ago.

A second team composed of HMC sophomores Sahil Rane, Baltazar Zuniga-Ruiz, Karina Walker, and Shahnawaz Mogal, a sophomore at the University of Arizona, took second at the December 12, 2022 global competition. That team placed third in regionals.

Once the 2022 Datathon Global Championship problem statement and data set were released in  November 2022, teams had four days to pose a novel research question, answer it, and write a technical report detailing their methods and findings. A detailed recap of the global competition can be found at

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