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Student Spotlight: Jennifer Starling


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14 November 2016—Meet Jennifer Starling, a PhD student in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.

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

I am from Des Moines, Iowa. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 with degrees in math and theatre. Afterwards, I spent several years working in finance in the northeast. I graduated this past spring from Texas A&M with my M.S. in Statistics. I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student.

What attracted you to the PhD in Statistics program at UT? 

The program has an exciting mix of faculty interests and plenty of opportunities to research. I like the flexibility to explore and work closely with many faculty before finalizing a dissertation topic.

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

I am currently working with continuous spatio-temporal data in the big data setting.

How would you describe your area of study/specific research to someone outside your field? 

I am interested in several areas right now. The general themes are big data and model selection.

Fun Facts 

A talent you have always wanted: A photographic memory
Favorite book: A Wrinkle In Time
Role model: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Favorite vacation destination: Bar Harbor, Maine

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