Zachary Schultz's profile picture Zachary Schultz Information Science PhD Student University of Wisconsin-Madison


Curriculum Vitae


Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science
University of Wisconsin–Madison | Starting fall 2024

Bachelor of Arts
Michigan State University | 2023
Majored in Information Science with a concentration in Human-Centered Technologies
Graduated with High Honor | GPA: 4.0

Research Experience

SPARTIE Lab, Michigan State University
Research Affiliate (January 2024 to May 2024)
Undergraduate Research Assistant (October 2021 to December 2023)

Teaching Experience

CSE 102: Algorithmic Thinking and Programming
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023)

Professional Experience

School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
GenCyber Camp Counselor (May 2024 to August 2024)

James T Schultz DDS, PLC
Social Media Management Intern (May 2023 to August 2023)

School of Business Administration, Oakland University
IT Help Desk Student Technician (May 2019 to September 2020)

Scholarships & Awards

  • 2021 Spartan Transfer Scholarship: $5,000
    Transferred to Michigan State University with a minimum of 28 transfer hours from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • 2021 Trustee Scholarship: $4,000
    This award goes to a limited number of students who have in-state residency status and are transferring from a two- or four-year institution in Michigan
  • 2021 Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Funding: $1,600
    This funding supported research at SPARTIE Lab with Dr. Ratan that was presented at UURAF


Lin, Q., Lim, C., Lover, A., Han, E., Park, R., Jang, D., An, Y., Schultz, Z., Ratan, R. (2024, April). Optimizing Learning in the Metaverse: Class Duration in VR Compared to Zoom on Student Outcomes [Conference Paper]. American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting.

Lin, Q., Ratan, R., Lover, A., Lim, C., Jang, D., Schultz, Z., An, Y., Han, E. (2023, May). Is Teaching in Virtual Reality Superior to Video Conferencing? Examining the role of social presence [Conference Paper]. International Communication Association 73rd Annual Conference.


Volunteer Entrepreneurship Competition Judge, MSU ComArtSci class CAS 114: Creativity and Innovative Entrepreneurship (March 2024)

Undergraduate Representative, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Dept. of Media and Information, Michigan State University (September 2022 to December 2023)

Undergraduate Representative, College Advisory Council - College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University (August 2022 to May 2023)

Volunteer, International Conference on Meaningful Play (October 2022)


  • CompTIA A+ ce Certification (May 2018, expires May 2027)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate Security Fundamentals (October 2018)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate Networking Fundamentals (October 2018)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate Windows Operating Fundamentals (October 2017)


Spartan Linux Users Group - Michigan State University
Cofounder (October 2021)
Executive Board Member (October 2021 to December 2023)