Sam Yin, BS 2017

How has being a Statistical Science graduate from Duke help shape you personally and/or professionally?

"The undergraduate major in statistics prompted me to join a neuroscience lab at Duke after graduation to work on applied research projects, which eventually led to the PhD program at Emory that I am to start in the fall of 2020. In addition, the undergraduate TA experience helped me find a passion for teaching statistics, in particular to people with different training background. It will probably become a significant part of my future career."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Statistical Science programs?

"1. Feel free to bring any of your questions on coursework, research, and career to faculty members, for their expertise and experience can often be of great help. Sometimes, you might learn about ongoing projects that you can be part of. 2. Explore courses that intrigue you, including those listed beyond your level. Talk to the instructor to get a better idea of prerequisite and expectation. 3. DataFest, Datathon, and other events are great opportunities to get hands-on experience with real-world data analysis and to meet others with similar passion. So don't miss these chances!"

Biostatistics Ph.D. Candidate at Emory University