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SDS Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lauren Blondeau

FullSizeRender31 January 2017—Meet Dr. Lauren Blondeau, a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc.

My undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Rice University. My master's and Ph.D. are from UT (Hook 'em!) in Educational Psychology. I have taught all ages, from 3 year olds through adults, in both private and public institutions. At the university level, I have taught for several departments, including Psychology (at St. Edward's), Educational Psychology (at UT) and Statistics (at UT). I am from Houston originally, but I have lived here with my husband and two little boys for almost a decade.

What led you to choose statistics as your field?

I have always enjoyed math, and statistics especially. I like this field because you can see how research goes from being a question to an answer. Statistics is a way to apply mathematical theories to solve real-world questions.

Tell us about a project or piece of research you have worked on while here at UT.

I am very interested in the gendered experiences of individuals in STEM fields. In one piece of research, I found that male students with male STEM professors received more career advice than any other student-professor dyads. In a different study, I found that both male and female STEM students reported equal amounts of the impostor phenomenon, but this experience inhibited the STEM career aspirations of male students only.

Who is your role model, in the statistics field or otherwise?

Hmmm. . . this is a hard one. I think working parents, and working moms especially, are my role models. Balancing these two roles is incredibly difficult, and I'm always in awe of people who are succeeding at it.

What is your favorite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird. I have read it at several points in my life, and it has always meant something different to me.

What was the last movie you went to? How was it?

My husband dragged me to Rogue One. I'm not much of a Star Wars fan, but I really enjoyed it.

What is your favorite vacation destination?

My dad has a house in a small town on Galveston Bay. If I could be anywhere, I would pick there, reading by the pool.

If you were not teaching, what would you be doing?

That's a good question. I've known I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little child, and I've worked to include teaching in some capacity in my life ever since. I really can't imagine doing anything else, unless I could be a Professional Watcher of The Simpsons, but I don't think that's a real option.

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