- Hometown: Chongqing, China
- Program: 1st year, first MS Capstone cohort
- Advisor: Adam Szpiro
Why did you choose biostatistics?
As a senior undergraduate student, I did a project with a research group where our team built a model to help doctors automatically segment and classify chromosome images. From this project, I found my passion and interest in using knowledge of math and statistics to deal with biomedical problems. Biostatistics is an excellent choice to prepare me to contribute more to public health.
Why did you choose UW?
The Biostatistics department at UW has a great reputation in both academia and industry. I believe I'll receive rigorous training in statistics through the program and there are many opportunities to work with internationally-recognized faculty.
How would you describe your UW experience so far?
The first quarter has been rewarding. The courses are well designed to suit students from different backgrounds and they provide us a fundamental but important understanding of biostatistics. Furthermore, faculty are willing to meet with students to talk about their research and ideas, which is helpful for us in finding research interests.
What has surprised you about your UW experience?
The department is always interested in supporting our new (MS Capstone) program and helping us achieve our career goals. For example, the Graduate Program Advisor holds weekly student drop-in hours and the atmosphere in the department is very nice and friendly with many chances to connect with and learn from senior students, faculty, and students in my cohort.
How would you describe your relationship with your cohort, other students, faculty and staff?
My cohort is small so we know each other well and have many chances to talk and discuss coursework. The students in thesis and PhD programs also have a good connection with us and they are very friendly. Our connection with faculty and staff is close because of the many activities like student research seminars and diversiTea [a weekly social gathering].
What are your future goals?
My future goal is to pursue a PhD degree in biostatistics or statistics after finishing my masters, so I am currently working on several projects to improve my research experiences and skills.
What advice would you give to a student who is considering a UW Biostat program?
If you want to find a job as a data analysis or statistician, this program can provide you a good statistical theory foundation and enough programming practice. If you prefer to pursue a PhD, this program can also offer you many research opportunities to work with well-known biostatistics faculty. Although this is a new program, it has much potential.
What extracurricular activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy watching movies and comics, exploring new food, and going to the gym.
What do you like most about living Seattle?
There are many great restaurants with different types of food. Also, the diversity of culture here attracts me.
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