Supporting grant for Women in Data Science


The aim of the Why R? Foundation is to reinforce the growth of data science in Poland by keeping it balanced and diverse. To do so, since 2018 Why R? Foundation is distributing the Why R? Supporting Grant for Woman in Data Science. The idea is not only to aid exceptional female data scientists but also to showcase them as role models to the whole community.


Sylwia Majchrowska

Sylwia completed master studies in mathematics at the University of Wrocław, as well as in physics at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, where she continues her education towards the doctorate degree. Currently she investigates novel nonlinear optical phenomena that occur in multimode optical fibers by developing numerical tools to identify the impact of several modeling approximations for typical experimental parameters.

In her professional career, she is designing and developing deep learning algorithms for image processing using neural network models. She was a member of a team working on developing a method to automate the analysis of bacterial colonies on Petri dishes using artificial neural networks and machine learning algorithms, in particular, to classify the type of bacteria and to determine the number of colonies.

She is also a mentor in many volunteering programs, in which she teaches programming and tech knowledge at schools to increase interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) area among children.

Sylwia’s social media:

Anna Kozak

Anna has graduated with a master’s degree in mathematics at the Warsaw University of Technology and works as a Data Scientist and Research Software Engineer. She is associated with MI2 Data Lab. Her interests include analysis, interpretable machine learning, and data visualization. She is the author of R vivo package.

She organizes and conducts workshops related to the popularization of R. The event of which she is the initiator and main coordinator is the PoweR - Python and R in Data Science for beginners.

Speaker at conferences, Why R? 2019 and MLinPL 2019. Also, she co-conducted the workshop at eRum 2020.

Anna’s social media:

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of award and disbursement of Why R? Foundation grants for exceptional women scientists from the field of data science are available here

Scientific committee

  • Michał Burdukiewicz (Wroclaw R User Group, Why R? Foundation)
  • Marta Karas
  • Marcin Kosiński (Warsaw R User Group, Why R? Foundation)
  • Barbara Sobkowiak (Women in Machine Learning and Data Science Poland)
  • Maciej Piotrowicz (McKinsey & Company - Engagement Manager)
  • Daria Szmurlo (McKinsey & Company - Data Science Consultant & Analytics Hub Leader)


We are glad to announce that one of this year’s WhyR Supporting Grants will be sponsored by McKinsey & Company.

McKinsey Analytics in Poland combines advanced data analytics solutions with in-depth industry and business knowledge, including multiple sectors such as commerce, banking, insurance, telecommunications, industrial production and heavy industry. McKinsey data scientists and architects, together with machine learning and data engineers, complement strategic and operational consulting and provide clients with advanced and robust data-driven solutions. McKinsey Analytics experts specialize in many different areas: statistical learning, deep learning, evolutionary and multi-criteria optimization, multi-agent simulations, game theory, reinforcement learning, advanced econometrics, causal & Bayesian inference, uplift modelling, Explainable Artificial Intelligence, visualization and data engineering.

The second grant is funded from the sources collected during SatRday 2019 Gdansk that was organized by Triger - TriCity R User Group. Many thanks to main organizers Ania Rybińska-Fryca, Olgun Aydin and Michał Maj, main organizers of SatRday 2019 Gdansk who invested their time and energy so that the scholarship for 2 awardess in this year was possible!



Terms and Conditions of award and disbursement of Why R? Foundation grants for exceptional women scientists from the field of data science were prepared by Leśniewski, Borkiewicz & Partners. Leśniewski, Borkiewicz & Partners is a modern, boutique law firm with a business approach. LB&P works mainly with clients from IT, TMT and e-commerce areas, both within defined projects and as a comprehensive, ongoing service. The main areas of LB&P specialization are negotiating commercial contracts, mergers, acquisitions and restructuring (M&A), personal data protection, legal support in the field of designing mobile applications, image and personal rights protection, cybersecurity, compliance and taxes. For more details please check a website or LB&P LinkedIn account.

Former awardees

2019 2018

Hanna Piotrowska (2019)

Hanna is an information designer and has graduated with honors at the Graphic Design Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2019.

Her main fields of work include data visualization, branding and design for publishing. Winner of contests such as: The Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards, HOW International Design Awards, Polish Graphic Design Awards and KTR. She participated in exhibitions in Poland and abroad, such as: „Data in graphics” (Graphic Days Torino in Italy), „Print Control. Best printed matter from Poland” (Design BWA Gallery in Wrocław) and „Gotong Royong” (Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw).

She cooperated with: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Museum of Warsaw, Warsaw University of Technology, ERGO Hestia Group, Krytyka Polityczna Publishing House, Data4Cure and others.

Speaker at conferences, such as SatRday Gdańsk 2019 or Digital Cultures 2017. Her main interest are: perception theory, data science and alternative education.

Hanna’s social media: Behance Twitter LinkedIn Webpage

Alicja Gosiewska (2018)

Alicja Gosiewska is a PhD student in Computer Science, keen on machine learning and its applications. She is interested in Interpretable Machine Learning (IML), Automated Machine Learning (AutoML), auditability of predictive models, and bioinformatics.

Packages are bread-and-butter of R, a vital tool that allows R enthusiasts to exchange their creations in an easy and accessible way. Although packages are so useful, their development is always associated with a lot of challenges, including huge time investments. Alicja received the grant for her achievements in the development of the auditor package.

Alicja’s social media: Twitter Linkedin Webpage