Yujie ZhongWhat program are you in and how many years have you been in this program?

I am currently in the third year of my PhD in Biostatistics.

Why did you choose to study biostatistics at the University of Waterloo?

I chose Waterloo for its strong reputation and research oriented professors. Waterloo also offers a well-designed and balanced course load focusing on application.

What are your career goals?

Studying biostatistics opens a lot doors in both the private sector and academia. I am really interested in research and so I hope to become a professor.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a graduate student so far?

My most rewarding moment came when I won first place on the comprehensive exams. It gave me the confidence to excel at the PhD level.

What is the most challenging part of life as a graduate student?

The most challenging part is choosing an interesting and relevant topic that won’t be boring two months from now. Another challenge for me as a non-native English speaker has been learning strong communication skills.

What has been your favourite course or project in graduate school?

I have to go with survival analysis as my favourite course. The course really influenced my decision in pursuing biostatistics.

Can you describe any practical or hands-on experience you’ve had during your studies?

Waterloo has provided me with multiple opportunities to research with the leading biostatisticians. Professors, such as Richard Cook, have so much to offer in terms of expertise and experience.

How do you spend your time outside of school?

Monday to Friday tends to be packed with research, but weekends provide a lot of down time with friends.

Do you have any words of advice for people considering or planning graduate studies at the University of Waterloo?

UWaterloo is full of opportunities. Whether you’re focused on research or work experience, Waterloo has a program for you.

Do you have any words of advice for students considering biostatistics?

Take advantage of co-op!

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