Sam Adhikari, a CMU PhD Graduate (2016), and current post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Healthcare Policy and the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard Medical School returned to spend a day with students and share her experiences post-grad school.
We held a panel with advice and tips on applying to grad school. Moderator: Amanda Luby (fourth year). Panel: Maria Jahja (first year), Theresa Gebert (first year), Xiaoyi Yang (second year), Kayla Frisoli (third year), and Xiao Hui Tai (third year). Special guest: Professor Rebecca Nugent.
Xiao Hui Tai presented at the conference in San Diego, CA. She said, "There were many interesting and inspiring talks, where amazing women shared candidly about the paths they had taken and the struggles that they had faced. My personal favorite was a keynote by Donna Brogan, where she talked about how she couldn't get a job in statistics in the 1960s, because they were advertised for men only! She instead went to graduate school and had a long and illustrious academic career. It was also refreshing to see a few scattered men in a roomful of women, and that took some getting used to."
We planned our events for the semester at Kayla's house. We met with our new first years and set our goals for the semester.
We went to JSM where we presented, learned a lot, and shared a house.
Shannon Gallagher and Purvasha Chakravarti presented at a panel at the conference about the creation and challenges of the CMU Women in Statistics group.
We planned our events for the semester at Jackie, Amanda, and Maria's house. All but three of the PhD students came.
Several of the members of the Women in Statistics group attended the SAMSI workshop this spring. It was a great experience to network with other women in the mathematical sciences and learn about job opportunities in academia, the government, and industry.
On March 3rd Purvasha Chakravarti, Kayla Frisoli, and Shannon Gallagher visited Winchester Thurston High School in Pittsburgh, PA. They spoke to high school students about the numerous opportunities in the field of statistics. They shared interesting applied projects from areas including international government, health, fashion, and medicine. They also discussed what a statistics major might look like at the undergraduate and graduate level. They enjoyed answering student questions and sharing their unique perspective on what it's like to be a statistician!
We had dinner at the house of Professor Dalene Stangl of the Statistics department at Duke University. She is an alumna from the CMU Statistics department, and she has been involved in organizing the women in statistics events. The PhD students asked her questions about life after graduation, and she gave us great advice. All but three of the PhD students came.
We planned our events for the semester at Francesca and Sam's house. All but two of the PhD students came.
We met for an hour to speak about issues specific to women in statistics. Professors Kathryn Roeder and Xizhen Cai came.
We had dinner at a restaurant near the department to discuss what we wanted the Women in Statistics group to be. Professors Isabella Verdinelli, Amelia Haviland, and Alexandra Chouldechova came.