Wenbo Zhang

MS Capstone, Biostatistics
Chongqing, China

Why did you choose biostatistics?

As a senior undergraduate student, I did a project with a research group where our team built a model to help doctors automatically segment and classify chromosome images. From this project, I found my passion and interest in using knowledge of math and statistics to deal with biomedical problems. Biostatistics is an excellent choice to prepare me to contribute more to public health.

Why did you choose UW?

The Biostatistics department at the UW has a great reputation in both academia and industry. I believe I'll receive rigorous training in statistics through the program and there are many opportunities to work with internationally-recognized faculty.

How would you describe your relationship with your cohort, other students, faculty and staff?

My cohort is small so we know each other well and have many chances to talk and discuss coursework. The students in thesis and PhD programs also have a good connection with us and they are very friendly. Our connection with faculty and staff is close because of the many activities like student research seminars and diversiTea (a weekly social gathering).

What are your future goals?

To pursue a PhD degree in biostatistics or statistics after finishing my masters, so I am currently working on several projects to improve my research experiences and skills.

What advice would you give to a student who is considering a UW Biostat program?

If you want to find a job as a data analyst or statistician, this program can provide you a good statistical theory foundation and enough programming practice. If you prefer to pursue a PhD, this program can also offer you many research opportunities to work with well-known biostatistics faculty. Although this is a new program, it has much potential.