Sheila Gudehithlu ('12,'13) - Instructor, Loyola University at Chicago


Sheila Gudehithlu is an Instructor in the Math and Statistics Department at Loyola University at Chicago. At Loyola, Sheila teaches Introduction to Statistics to students who are in non-math related majors. And Introduction to Biostatistics to Biology related majors. Sheila received her Bachelor's degree in Statistics in May 2012 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She continued at the University of Illinois to pursue a Masters' in Statistics (Dec 2013) as well.

What is your favorite part about your current occupation/position? How did you get to where you are now?
My favorite part about my job is being able to pass down tricks and tips to learning Statistics. And seeing students (especially non-math related majors) understanding that Statistics or big data is not daunting but more exciting. I also like being able to keep up with the new research that is being done at Loyola or other schools to see what is new that can be brought into the classroom.

What aspects of your education as a statistics student have been most beneficial to your career?
Many times, examples done in a classroom are not how they are presented in real-life; I felt like being a Stats student at U of I, we are fortunate to have great resources, like teachers, students, alum who helped us with these examples. I try to do the same with my students whether it's looking at data in R or finding a claim to test from an article.

What did you enjoy about being a Statistics student at the University of Illinois?
I enjoyed being a Statistics student at U of I for many reasons, the variety of Statistical courses that are available, teachers always being there when needed, and the friends that I made while taking my classes.

'12 - BS in Statistics, University of Illinois
'13 - MS in Statistics, University of Illinois