Ian Curtis


For those looking to find some more details on what I've done professionally, see below. If you'd prefer to see them in a different format, you might be interested in my LinkedIn profile.


In 2023, I graduated summa cum laude from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) with a major in Statistics and French as well as a minor in Mathematics and Psychology. Beyond college, I also have a Python Developer Certificate from Zero to Mastery Academy (2021) and a high school diploma from Grandville High School (2019). I now am studying Data Science & Analytics and plan to graduate with a Master's degree in 2025.

Professional Experience

I currently work full time as an Assistant Store Manager at ALDI, U.S., where I have been employed since 2019. I also work under GVSU professor Bradford Dykes as a Graduate Assistant.

In addition, I worked part time for the GVSU Libraries' Open Educational Resources (OER) department (2021-2023) as an editorial assistant promoting OER and converting existing textbooks to accessible online editions (using PreTeXt and Pressbooks).

Community Experience

During my undergraduate education, I served as the President of the GVSU French Club, Les Francophiles (2020-2023). I was also a member of the GVSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences's Student Advisory Committee. Outside of school, I currently lead a recycling program at my local ALDI store and hope to propose a nationwide recycling program.

Research Experience

At GVSU, I participated in three research programs: Library Summer Scholars (Humanities, mentor: Amber Dierking), Student Summer Scholars (Humanities, mentor: Dr. David Eick), and Undergraduate Reserach Assistant (Humanities, under Dr. David Eick). I also conducted an original project for my Honors Senior Project (Computer Science, mentor: Dr. Erin Carrier). You may read more about these projects in the section titled Projects and Publications.

Please see my Portfolio page for more information on these projects.


I have presented my research at the GVSU Student Scholars Day, once with a recorded poster presentation (2020) and once with an in-person poster presentation (2021). I also gave a group oral presentation in 2023 based on the results of our project (2022 Michigan DNR survey data) from the statistics culminating experience course.

In March of 2024, I will be presenting my research on the French Encyclopédie and the accusation of plagiarism against its plates at the South Eastern Society for Eighteenth Century Studies annual conference.

Please see my Portfolio page for more information on these projects.

Professional and Scholarly Associations

During my undergraduate education, I was a member of the GVSU Honors College. I am also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society), Mu Sigma Rho (Statistics Honor Society) and Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society).


I am a native speaker of English and have a bachelor's degree in French (I consider myself around the Advanced level).

When it comes to programming languages, I have the most experience with Python, R, PreTeXt, and the Microsoft Suite but also know a decent amount of HTML, CSS, and LaTeX. With these latter three and a handful of other langauges / databases, I try to learn as I go.

Awards and Honors

I was the recipient of the I Am GV Service Award (2019); in 2022, the Excellence in a Discipline Award for French; and in 2023, the Excellence in a Discipline Award for Statistics as well as the Outstanding French Major award. In addition, my 2021 summer reserach project was granted the Les and Jackie (Ott) Stiner Fellowship in Historical and Humanistic Studies and I received the title of Stiner Scholar.


In my free time, I usually am doing something related to music, whether it be composing, writing, recording, or playing an instrument. I can play piano and violin and have a few various instruments I am mediocre at. I was a member of the GVSU Symphony Orchestra (2019-2023) and was also a part of the symphony orchestra in high school.

Over the years I have written and recorded my own original songs. For more details see my music page. I am grateful for everyone who has streamed and/or purchased my music.