Testimonials

- “ I graduated from GW in 2014 with B.S. in Statistics and a minor in psychology. I actually started out as a psychology major, but my interest in Statistics was piqued when I took Regression Analysis, and learned of the vast number of disciplines Statistics could be applied to. To me, majoring in Statistics meant I didn’t have to pigeonhole myself to just one field, but could instead use statistics to explore and learn more about a number of different fields, whether it be in health, psychology, criminal justice, or any other conceivable field for which data can be collected and analyzed. The GW Statistics department gave me the resources to pursue these different interests through a statistical lens, by giving me access to internship opportunities. As a student at GW, I participated in the Joint Program of Survey Methodology Junior Fellowship program at University of Maryland, where I interned for American Institutes for Research, in conjunction with the National Center for Education Statistics. This summer internship gave me the opportunity to use the SAS skills I gained in my classes at GW to analyze data and produce reports on high school completion rates. The next year, I participated in the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at North Carolina State University, where I was exposed to the field of biostatistics, and at the end of the summer presented on a mock clinical research project with cardiac disease data analyzed in R. So needless to say, the support of the GW Stat department and the accessibility of my professors afforded me many opportunities to explore my interests within Statistics and its many applications, and have helped me to get where I am today. Currently, I am a Research Assistant/Programmer at Mathematica Policy Research, a health and social policy think tank in DC. I primarily do programming work within the health division, for projects with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. I am able to use the statistical programming skills I gained in my classes at GW daily: in SAS, R, and Python, and I am always learning more. I am so happy that my work allows me to contribute to research with genuine implications and positive impact on real-world policies: in short, to help people. And I can thank the GW Stat department for equipping me with the skills to do just that.” Rachel Hildrich, Stat Major, Graduated in Spring 2014

- “ I graduated in 2009 with a major in statistics and economics and am currently a law student at New York University and I have only positive things to say about the statistics program at GW. Statistics is a great major for anyone looking for a new and practical way to view the world. I would recommend statistics as a standalone major as well, but any economics student should seriously consider becoming a statistics major not only because many courses are double counted but because knowledge of statistics is essential to gaining a deeper understanding of the principals underlying economics. Also, I know my background in statistics helped set me apart from other candidates for admission to New York University School of Law and it has helped with my academic studies. My background allows me to view legal issues in a different light and add a unique perspective to academic discourse. In addition, knowledge of statistics is a great aid for lawyers who plan to practice in a business related legal field. Overall, I initially became a stat major to compliment my study of economics but I quickly found statistics becoming the center of my academic focus and I have seen from my own experience that statistics is a discipline which has many opportunities in and of itself but can also open doors to success in many other academic and professional fields .” Nandhish Nuchina, Stat Major, Graduated in Spring 2009

- “ When I applied, I told GW that I wanted to study history. Secretly, I planned to switch to journalism. Physics, actually, was my favorite subject in high school. I guess, ideally, I’d be writing articles about the history of physics for the New York Times right about now. Instead, I’m very happily working full-time as a statistician for a government agency and intend to pursue an advanced degree in a related field. Needless to say, a lot transpired in less than four years. I took my first statistics course on a whim. My knowledge of statistics was, in a word, limited. My dad told me once that I was “more likely to be struck by lightning than win the lottery.” I registered for a Dean’s Seminar with those words of wisdoms as a foundation. I got an A minus. More importantly, I realized that a subject I thought was detached from relevant, mainstream issues was intertwined in everything I found interesting, from economics to sports to politics. Wondering what other courses might interest me, I went to the department. I was expecting some generic responses and a university course bulletin, of which I already had three. I was mistaken. The professors were very welcoming and answered all of my questions. A student interested in statistics is rare. They know that. They’re statisticians. They heavily invest in every student that approaches them. Because of that interest, the courses prepared me well for the job I have now. With my skill set, I can manage and analyze practical issues, not just hypothetical or theoretical ones. Even having graduating, the department remains interested in my feedback and in my success. Sentiments and stories similar to mine are not rare, and I’m grateful. .” Samuel Arenberg, Stat Major, Graduated in Fall 2009

- “ The GW Statistics department has served as my academic family for the better part of the last four years and I can honestly say it has been an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience. The department provides a great deal of academic support; the professors were readily available to help me out. The courses were challenging and stimulating. The professors work hard to peak the interests and assuage the concerns of students in class. Beyond academics, the department also shines. Everyone, students and professors, act as colleagues and friends. Everyone in the department is approachable and friendly. In fact, you are often more likely to get into a discussion about politics, pop culture, chess, or the news than you are about the CLT. I honestly can't imagine an environment that would have been more helpful in advancing my career as an academic, or one that would do it in a more enjoyable way. I truly relish the time that I had as a part of GW Stat.” Eric Solis, Stat Major, Graduated in Spring 2009

-"Before I graduated from GW in May 2005, my statistics major had already provided me with a plethora of opportunities other majors would not likely have yielded.  Entering GW as an engineering student, I soon realized after taking an honors statistics course that statistics better fit my career goals in medical research and public health.  My sophomore year I obtained a research position at the National Cancer Institute working on baseline imbalances in clinical trials.  Without my newly found statistics major, this never would have happened.  Even with only a couple semesters worth of material under my belt, I was able to immediately apply this knowledge to my field of interest.  I then had the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant for one statistics course and two biology courses as an undergraduate at GW.  I went on to work at BioInformatics LLC, a life science market research company, where I only continued to broaden my skills.  I also spent two summers in statistics-oriented training programs:  The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Boston University in 2004 and The Southern California Bioinformatics Summer Institute at Cal State Los Angeles in 2005. I’m now continuing my statistical training in graduate school at UC Berkeley in biostatistics.  I also do medical and statistical research for a non-profit dedicated to fighting liver cancer.  A statistics major gives you boundless opportunities in the sciences and would be incredibly useful to any student interested in medical research." Sherri Rose Weinstein; Statistics Major 2005, PhD student in Biostatistics at UC Berkeley

- "Applying to both jobs and graduate schools, it seems that everyone is most interested in your quantitative and analytical abilities. Many places will ask specifically to list the statistics courses you've taken when filling out your application. Recent graduates I've talked to have told me since they had started working, the developed a new respect for statistics. One recent graduate I had talked to that had been an economics major is now, after primarily doing statistical analyses, going back to school for an M. S. in statistics. Looking back, I think deciding to major in statistics was one of the better decisions I made; with everyone asking about what stat courses I took, I'm glad I have so many to put down! The stat major really fit well with my economics major, I was able to double count some classes for both majors so it was very do-able; I was actually undecided on a major until my sophomore year, so even a late starter in both classes like me was able to double major. Even all the economics professors were very pleased to hear that I was also majoring in statistics, they really appreciated it's value." Thomas J. Christian ; Double Major: Statistics and Economics 2003

    - “Choosing statistics as my minor was certainly a good decision. Although not many SBPM students choose to minor in statistics, there are important incentives. Academically, business and statistics overlap in many areas. Many statistics courses are excellent choices for field electives, depending on your concentration. The statistics department offers great courses that compliment business degrees concentrating in accounting, information systems, marketing, and finance. In my job search, I've got the impression that prospective employers are impressed by a statistics minor, and that sets me apart from other candidates. I would definitely recommend a statistics minor to any interested SBPM student.” Jonah Feld, Statistics Minor 2003

    - “Minoring in statistics was a great experience for me. The classes I took, all of which I found to be challenging, interesting, and well taught, provided me with a strong background in statistics. Additionally, I found all of my statistics professors to be very approachable and helpful with any questions. In my work as a defense analyst, and also as I pursued my master's degree, the knowledge I gained as a statistics minor has been continuously valuable to me.” Sarah Amundson ; B. A. in Economics 2001, M. A. in Security Policy Studies, 2003

    - "As an incoming freshmen at GW, I was told to get my dreaded math requirements out of the way as quickly as possible. In order to do this, I quickly signed up for STAT 129, having never taken a statistics class, and having no idea what I was in for. The subject of statistics was so foreign to me that during the first two weeks, I was convinced I was going to fail, and tried everything I could do drop the course.   Thank goodness I couldn't! Taking STAT 129 changed the course of my academic career. I had always been afraid of math and number related subjects, but thanks to the helpful efforts of my professor, and the work we did in that class, I began to see statistics as something that was challenging, but manageable. By the beginning of my sophomore year in college, I was a Teaching Assistant for the statistics department, and well on my way to my minor in statistics. The students in the lab sections I teach are always surprised to find out I'm a History major, but I feel that it is the perfect compliment. There is no reason that people should think they can only use one side of their brain; with the help of great professors and challenging classes, you can learn anything." Elizabeth Lewis ; Statistics Minor 2003, MS student in MSIT program, GWU

    - “I graduated in May 2002 from The George Washington University with a B. A. magna cum laude in English, yet I have been interested in statistics since my junior year of college. While I initially registered for two introductory statistic courses to fulfill general university requirements, it was my decision to register for more advanced courses that tested my ability to succeed in statistics and solidified my passion for the subject. While I enjoyed studying Literature, my statistics assignments required thinking in an entirely different, and for me, more intellectually challenging manner. Even though I found studying and understanding statistics more demanding than writing papers, I also found it more gratifying.
    A minor in statistics has helped me procure the jobs I have had to date. In my experience, having even a minor in statistics makes your resume stand out from your peers. In today's tough job market, managers are looking for employees with technical skills, and a minor in statistics shows an ability to work with numbers that makes you the more attractive candidate than your classmates. No matter what career path you take in life, a minor or major in statistics will aid your job search.”
    Rachel Dinkes; Formerly United States Census Bureau ; Statistics Minor 2002, M. S. student in Statistics, London School of Economics

    - “My Statistics minor played an integral role in my success at GW and beyond. It perfectly complemented my major in Psychology by providing me with the tools for evaluating and conducting behavioral sciences research. My Statistics minor proved indispensable for designing and implementing my Honors thesis research and also for analyzing the data. My Statistics minor provided me with a number of exciting job opportunities upon graduation. I was employed as a SAS programmer with SAIC, where I worked on a counterterrorism project for the CIA. In the fall, I will start a joint Ph.D. in Sociology and Master's in Mathematical Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. The faculty at Hopkins and Cornell University (my other top choice school) agreed that my background in Statistics distinguished me from the many other imminently qualified applicants to these fiercely competitive and top-ranked programs. Considering the increasing competitiveness of graduate school admissions, a minor in Statistics is a must for any student thinking about graduate programs in the social sciences. For those students entering the job market—especially in an uncertain economy—the minor will enhance a resume built on almost any course of studies.” Joseph Gasper; Statistics Minor 2001, Ph.D. student in Sociology at John Hopkins University.