Current Statistics Ambassadors

Saumya Agrawal

Saumya Agrawal

Statistics & Computer Science major | Economics major

Class of 2022 

What draws you to studying Statistics? What drew me to the major at first was its closeness to data science and analytics. Statistics has given me many on campus job opportunities and it can be paired with almost any field. I have been a research assistant with an Anthropology laboratory, a Psychology laboratory, and a Nutrition laboratory, because of my understanding of statistical concepts. It's a very achievable degree program at this university, and it can be easily paired with minors in many other fields.

Bio: I'm a senior in Computer Science and Statistics. I'm also double majoring in Economics. I'm an international student from India. I've done a lot of research at this University and I've taken a lot of interesting general education classes. I enjoy learning new things and meeting new people.

Nishant Balepur

Nishant Balepur

Statistics major | Computer Science dual degree

Class of 2023

What draws you to studying Statistics? For me, the reason I enjoy statistics is because I love uncovering secrets within data. Whether it’s through data science applications or theoretically analyzing different formulas and distributions, I love making sense of complexity.

Bio: I am a junior pursuing a dual degree in statistics and computer science. I am also a member of the Hoeft Technology and Management Class of XXVII. Educationally, I am interested in pursuing the intersection of research and business specifically in the fields of data science and machine learning. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, exercising, hiking, graphic design, and listening to music.

Earl Chae

Earl Chae

Statistics major | Industrial Engineering dual degree | CS minor

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? I love the analytics part of statistics. By collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data, I can come up with a conclusion backed up by facts and present it to others in any industry. I love that statistics is needed in practically all industries in the modern days.

Bio: I will be a senior in the Fall 2021 semester. I am pursuing a dual degree in Statistics and Industrial Engineering focusing on data analytics and operation research. I want to pursue a career in machine learning so I have added a CS minor for extra CS classes. For hobbies, I enjoy playing video games and occasionally playing soccer.

Lia Cho

Lia Cho

Statistics major | Economics minor

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? Since high school, I enjoyed the methodical thinking of statistics, how there is a step-by-step method for the main statistical tests. I also enjoy math, but within an applied setting was more appealing than exploring the theoretical realm that just mathematics provides. I liked understanding why a certain group of data behaves a certain way and grasping the potential that statistics has in utilizing a prediction model. 

Bio: I’m a senior studying Statistics and minoring in Economics. I enjoy reading historical fiction and action books, along with baking and writing short stories. 

Melissa Cho

Melissa Cho

Statistics & Computer Science major | Informatics and GGIS minors

Class of 2023

What draws you to studying Statistics? We live in a data-driven era, and statistics helps to make sense of the data. Just one company alone can have billions of records of data, and without statistics to analyze this data by common attributes and patterns, the data is uninterpretable. What draws me to Statistics is that it is such a powerful subject that can be applied to any types of data. Regardless of the data domain - whether it be retail, banking, airline, or health - statistics can be used. Hence, for my major, I chose to study Statistics & Computer Science with an interest in informatics, databases, and data mining.

Bio: I’m a junior majoring in Statistics & Computer Science. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and baking.

Harsh Deep

Harsh Deep

Statistics & Computer Science major

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? Just how applicable it is in basically everything. Just the simple insights I get help me to understand and talk to experts in lots of areas, and I'm even able to help my parents in my home country with my stat knowledge. I like how we apply mathematics to intuition and guesswork.

Bio: Harsh Deep is a senior in Statistics and Computer Science with several semesters of teaching experience and undergraduate research in human computer interaction where he gets to apply psychology, statistics and computer science. He likes open source, working on side projects, and holding workshops to teach people interesting things. Outside school, he likes reading fiction, writing with fancy pens, and walking for hours at a time to explore every single part of the UIUC campus town.

Hyo Sup Kim

Hyo Sup Kim

Statistics major | CS minor

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? A common expression in everyday life is “Numbers don’t lie.” Reporting numbers, for the most part, have remained somewhat constant. It is what numbers that are indeed being reported and where they’ve been accessed from, that is oftentimes, deceiving. The beauty of Statistics is that you learn to scrutinize. “Why did this state’s coronavirus cases spike by over a 100%?” “They combine cases over the weekend and report the joint amount.” It’s occurrences like these that compel me to study Statistics. Numbers themselves won’t lie, but you can most certainly craft a narrative that you want with curated numbers and in an age where the amount of data we have access to is overflowing with little to no oversight, it is the scrutinization factor of Statistics that maintains a shaky but significant barrier against malicious and misleading narratives. Learning how to sort relevant data from the useless ones is what draws me to studying Statistics.

Bio: I am a senior pursuing a degree in Statistics and a minor in Computer Science. I enjoy reading books, drawing and cooking in my free time.

Robin Mark

Robin Mark

Statistics major | Economics major

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? I was drawn to the Statistics major because it involves a lot of math and logic, which are my strengths, and it can be applied to almost anything. I have loved learning how to work with data in R and getting to analyze real datasets to improve my skills. Everytime I learn something new in my Statistics courses, I get excited and I can understand how that skill can be useful in the future. Practically everything involves statistics and so many companies need statisticians and data analysts, so I truly enjoy being a part of this major and I feel like everything that I have learned and will continue to learn is very beneficial for me.

Bio: I am currently a senior with a double major in Statistics and Economics. I am interested in data analytics and data management and have really enjoyed the classes I have been able to take that allowed me to practice and improve those skills. Outside of academics, I am also very passionate about dance. I have been dancing since I was 5 years old and I have been lucky enough to be able to continue this activity in college on the Illini N Motion Dance Team. I was just elected President of the team for this next school year, so I am very excited to have this leadership role and continue to help the team grow and thrive.

Jack Penrose

Jack Penrose

Statistics & Computer Science major | Informatics and Mathematics minors

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? When I was younger I played soccer, and I would always track my basic stats every game. This led me to want to be a sports data scientist. There is so much opportunity within the Statistics major that is available for students, so I recommend every incoming student to explore the class options and internship availability.

Bio: I am a senior majoring in Statistics & Computer Science and minoring in Informatics and Math. I am a part of Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity, Illinois Sports Business Conference, and I am a Resident Advisor for Taft Van Doren. In my free time, I enjoy watching basketball and listening to podcasts.

Alex Predescu

Alex Predescu

Statistics major | Economics major | Business minor

Class of 2023

What draws you to studying Statistics? I have always considered myself a “math nerd” so dealing with numbers and data is something I am very passionate about. I am also an Economics major, so after taking a few Statistical Economics courses, I knew that a major in Statistics is something that I would be very interested in.

Bio: I am a junior studying Economics and Statistics with a minor in Business. I am also a huge soccer fanatic and I love to watch and play soccer whenever I have some free time!

Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Reed

Statistics major | Psychology and Mathematics minors

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? This is the Age of Data. There is so much data that exists in the world about every single thing imaginable, from vast amounts of geolocation data to user activity information on Spotify to weather data collected from stationed sensors. And there is hidden meaning in every data set and every combination of data sets. I find this fascinating and was drawn to statistics so I could learn the methods of analyzing such data. Data analysis helps us to better understand the world, different environments, and the relationships between things. We can then use this understanding to make improvements and better interact with the world. There is so much potential to create meaningful change in the field of statistics. I hope to contribute in my own small (or large) way by applying my statistical skills.

Bio: I am majoring in Statistics and minoring in Psychology and Math. In my free time I love to read and crochet and I have recently delved into the world of Dungeons and Dragons!

Pragati Salunke

Pragati Salunke

Statistics major

Class of 2023

What draws you to studying Statistics? I enjoy statistics because I love the relationship between different variables. When COVID began, I loved reading about the research and seeing how the data gathered could help determine differences between how each person was affected. Age, weight, and even status of using cigarettes all affected how catching the virus would affect people's symptoms. I am passionate about how different relationships result in different outcomes.

Bio: I am currently majoring in Statistics with plans to major in Economics and minor in Computer Science. In my free time, I enjoy reading and creating art. I also enjoy spending time with friends. I spend time hiking and biking as well!

Lavanya Srivastava

Lavanya Srivastava

Statistics major | Econometrics minor

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? As cliché as it sounds, I think one of the first things that drew me to studying statistics was just having the ability to be able to predict certain things with limited information about the actual situation in front of me. Another reason why I like Statistics so much is that everyone, even people outside the field, have at least some sort of understanding about it. Being someone who really enjoys conversations, I find that a good understanding of Statistics or Statistics in relation with other topics really paves the way for some engaging conversations. For example, currently one of the major topics discussed by almost everyone is this pandemic and its rise. I find myself constantly bringing up data or some form of statistics to explain things better. Things like this have made me realize how important Statistics is, especially in the modern world and am so glad to be a part of it and get the chance to introduce others to it as well.

Bio: I'm a senior majoring in Statistics with a minor in Econometrics. Apart from working on classes and assignments, I enjoy exploring different places on campus and trying out different cuisines with friends.

Songyuan Wang

Songyuan Wang

Statistics & Computer Science major

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? Statistics sounds fun to me and allows me to dissect a cluster of data into analyzable information. Most importantly, Statistics is fun to learn.

Bio: Hi, I am Songyuan! I am currently a senior majoring in Stats & CS. I enjoy gaming, sports, and reading fiction. Please do feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

 

Xueqing (Shirley) Wang

Shirley Wang

Statistics & Computer Science major | Business minor

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? I have been interested in interacting with numbers since I was very young and I was first introduced to the world of Statistics when I took AP Statistics during my junior year of high school. I really enjoyed the class and found that Statistics is a very inspiring subject because it is so applicable in today's data-driven society. I feel like Statistics is not only interesting but also very useful. That experience motivates me to continue studying Statistics and exploring various aspects of it in college.

Bio: Senior majoring in Statistics & Computer Science and minoring in Business. Interested in working with data and exploring all parts of technology. Passionate about applying my technical skills to discover insights and drive impact.

Yuchen Wang

Yuchen Wang

Statistics major | Economics major | CS minor

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? I was drawn to studying statistics because I was fascinated by the methods that we have to explain any data we were given, as well as making predictions using data. I think that has a lot of application and power in multiple fields. It is an incredible tool that can have a strong impact in any situation, and I am drawn to this power.

Bio: I am a senior double majoring in statistics and economics; I am also working towards a minor in computer science. My professional interests include financial analysis and data science, which I would love to pursue as my future career. During my free time, I play the piano and drums. I also play video games with my friends.

Yiming Zhu

Yiming Zhu

Statistics major | Mathematics major

Class of 2022

What draws you to studying Statistics? Stat 420 taught by Prof. Kelly Findley drew me to studying statistics. This course was a fascinating experience and helps me to build a deep understanding of both theoretical and applied statistics. It also triggered my interest in R programming and deeper theoretical statistic learning.

Bio: I am a senior student majoring in Statistics and Mathematics. I plan to graduate in 2022. I enjoying singing and photography.