Student Profile

Jennifer Srigley

Jennifer Srigley earned her bachelor's in Statistics at UCF decided to remain to pursue her master’s degree in the Data Mining track of the Statistical Computing master's program. “Using computers to sift through large amounts of data in order to find an overall pattern is like solving a puzzle,” she says. “I find it very rewarding to make sense out of seemingly nonsensical numbers.”

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science offered her a graduate teaching assistant with a stipend and a tuition waiver. During her first year in the master’s program, Srigley taught four labs for an undergraduate Principles of Statistics course. “It was a great experience that taught me a lot about communicating with different types of people and earning respect as a leader,” she shares.

For the 2008-2009 school year, Srigley is an Instructor of Record. She teaches her own section of the undergraduate course Statistical Methods I and is responsible for lecturing and holding office hours, as well as for creating and grading tests for 65 students. After graduating in spring 2009, Srigley plans to work as a data analyst with a large corporation somewhere in the United States.

Lindsey Jorgensen

Lindsey Jorgensen earned her bachelor’s degrees in Pure Mathematics and Statistics from UCF in 2010. She had always been interested in math, and when she began considering possible career options, she realized that statistics was a natural extension of that interest. When Jorgensen decided to pursue her master’s degree, she selected the data mining track of the statistical computing program because it is very practical and applied, which is attractive to employers. Jorgensen notes, “Most of my undergraduate education was theoretical, which was fun, but does not lend itself very well to finding a job. I chose to do the data mining track because data miners are in high demand right now and UCF’s program has a great record for job placement.”

Her favorite part of the program has been working with the other Graduate Teaching Assistants. “Being able to collaborate and work alongside smart people who come from different backgrounds is a lot of fun and a good learning experience.” Jorgensen will graduate in spring 2014 and hopes to find a full time actuarial job or data mining position. 

Runbai Wan

Runbai Wan has always enjoyed math, computer science and programming. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology science in China then enrolled in the Data Mining track of the Statistical Computing Master’s program. One of the greatest aspects of the program for Wan is the faculty. “All of the professors are very focused on teaching and very willing to help the students,” she explains. “They keep track of students’ performance throughout the semester and pay attention to each student’s growth.” Wan appreciates that UCF tries to help students in all areas from ISC, legal and career services to the Writing Center and print shop.

Wan’s current research is in conjunction with a rural health clinic that is part of the Public Health Department. She assists with the preparation and analysis of Medicare claims data. This study is aimed at determining whether ACO’s participation will improve the efficiency of the health care system in the U.S. Wan also works as a graduate teaching assistant. When she is not studying, she enjoys swimming and travelling. She will graduate in 2014 and plans to obtain a job in the data mining field.

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