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David A. Hooper

Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, MS in Statistics 2011

“Let me be blunt: IGSP is the best educational deal at UT, period.

“Statistics transformed my good dissertation into a great dissertation. From experimental design to model selection to back-end interpretation, I knew exactly why my decisions made good statistical sense. I didn’t just collect data, provide interpretations and close the book; I improved the design of the experiment (before collecting data), certified the statistical validity of my models and produced clear, well defended results that neither overreached nor underperformed. I was even able to add original contributions based solely on the statistics involved.

“Now that my graduate work is done, I will enjoy the benefits of a statistics master’s for the rest of my life. I can interpret data more easily and thoroughly than most of my peers. By studying statistics with students from other fields, I learned how to work with people outside my discipline (engineering) which will help me present my future work in terms that more people can understand. I have a second full network of professors for future letters of recommendation, work collaborations, and support. I have a built-in edge in job interviews and a resume line that will always attract attention. In the recession of 2011, I was not looking for job offers; they were looking for me.

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Hongwei Yang

Doctoral Student in Educational Psychology and Counseling 2007

“First, I have the flexibility to choose a job that either focuses on applied statistics or is more theoretically oriented. I was trained to use point-and-click software packages like SAS Enterprise Guide, SPSS, JMP, NCSS, etc. I was also taught to program on open-architecture platforms: MATLAB and R. The training process was very informative and intense. I have had considerable amounts of exposure to plenty of statistical topics.

“Second, I could have the curriculum tailored to my specific area of application. My research focus was on psychometrics and quantitative methods in the social sciences. This program allowed me to incorporate courses of interest into the curriculum so that my master’s degree in statistics greatly enhances the value of the Ph.D. degree from my home department.

“Considering such nice features of the IGSP, I strongly recommend it to all who aspire to a statistics-related career. This highly successful program is sure to continue its impact and benefit all UT students in the years to come.

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David M Sanders

M.S. Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2004

(1st Lt, USAF, BSC, Research Entomologist)

“The statistics minor has set me apart from my colleagues. The understanding of experimental design and use of mixed models I developed while at UT has allowed me to make contributions to projects completed prior to my arrival, those conducted by other researchers, as well as those I’m personally associated with or acting as primary investigator for. Advancement in the military is highly competitive and anything an individual can do to set herself/himself apart from the crowd is worth the effort. I have no doubt that the same would be true in any other public position or in the private sector.  

“The more opportunities I have to use my statistics background the more my seniors realize the time and cost savings associated with having a good experimental design on the front-end and valid analysis on completion of taxpayer-funded projects. There is no doubt in my mind that anyone associated with research would benefit from, at a minimum, a statistics minor. I fully intend to pursue my masters in statistics at my first opportunity to further develop my statistical skills and broaden my career opportunities.”

Craig Rogers

Ph.D. in Psychology, 2005

Campbellsville College, KY

“Initially I did not understand the beneficial nature of the minor in statistics. However, when I began applying for faculty positions, the benefits became quite clear. The interest that I received from other schools was in great part a result of having completed the minor in statistics. I truly didn’t fully appreciate the encouragement from others in regards to doing anything and everything that I could to set me apart from other job applicants, but in this respect the statistics minor has served me well. Whenever I was contacted about interviewing for a position, the one constant that was always mentioned was the minor in statistics. 

“While the minor in statistics allowed me to garner greater interest and make me more marketable, the true value of the minor was not evident until I began negotiating for a faculty position. The offer that I eventually agreed to was $4,000 higher than the next highest offer and around $10,000 higher than I would have been offered had I chosen not to pursue the IGSP statistics minor program. Based on my experiences with the program, I would strongly encourage any graduate student to consider completing the minor in statistics as part of their graduate training. The benefit gained will both increase your marketability as well as your negotiating power when looking for employment.”