“The courses that I take are well-structured, the information presented is mind-stimulating, and the professors are always available.”
Supervisor: Guangyong Zou
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I considered many universities across North America. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I visited Canada and Western University, so I was familiar with London and the campus. I came to the conclusion that Western was the best fit for me. Western offered excellent professors, and a variety of courses for each program which fascinated me. I also appreciate the way the university helps international students integrate into the community.
Where is “home” for you?
I have emigrated three times in my life - different countries, languages and even continents. I know consider myself a cosmopolitan, and the entire planet as my home.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
This is my first year of TAing at Western. Being a TA is a great experience, I'm learning how to teach students and better ways to explain different topics. Also, it is an excellent way to refresh what I have previously learned.
Describe your research.
In today's world it is important to analyze high-dimensional data. The problem is that not all variables are important, and penalized regressions, LASSO for example, can provide us only point estimators for important variables, but not optimal confidence intervals, which are necessary for proper inference. In my research, I plan to develop theory and method to construct confidence intervals for penalized regression models, with extension to clustered data.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
The best advice I can give to students considering to apply to biostatistics is - do not be afraid. As an international student I was ready for challenges, but at the same moment I was terrified by the amount, and complexity , of the requirements imposed on me. But do not be afraid, the university has facilities and staff that will help you to succeed at each stage of the program. If you feel stressed or anxious you can always use a variety of psychological services on campus. There is a great community, you will find a lot of friends and you will quickly adapt and integrate into the university life.