Statistics Alum Prepares for Next Educational Endeavor

May 20, 2019

Theren Williams recently graduated with a degree in Applied Statistics and was accepted to a Statistics Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Theren Williams receives award
Theren Williams receives award
Theren Williams received the Applied Stats 2019 Honor Scholar Award

“I’ve always enjoyed anything that has to do with math, and specifically statistics because everybody can use it,” said Theren Williams. 

Williams recently graduated with a degree in Applied Statistics and was accepted to a Statistics Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Tier 1 national university, and its Statistics department is one of the most popular departments in the nation.

On graduation day, Williams enjoyed celebrating with the large group of graduates, and had a chance to chat post-ceremony with two of his statistics professors. 

“I graduated on a Sunday and was returning to work with my professors the very next day,” he said. “So, the more things change, the more they stay the same.” 

Williams’ future goal is to become a faculty member at a University, and he takes his research work with his former professors seriously. They have been working on a grant for a year and a half, along with various other projects. 

“During all three years of my knowing these professors, they always suggested things and projects that students could work on and it was interesting to see that you’re using everything you know, but you get to see the difference between the working world methodology, and how each facet includes the things we have spent the last four years studying, he said. 

In addition to working with professors, Williams was part of the Honors Program from freshman year through senior year. Williams quickly learned that getting involved is pertinent to student success and he was determined to find the balance between academics and personal life. 

“It was very easy for me to just stay to myself and study, but being involved benefited me not only as a person, but also academically and I was able to see things from other perspectives.” 

Williams has proved himself to be a valuable asset to the Mathematics and Statistics department. “Theren is one of the best students I have ever worked with for the last three years. Theren is smart, intelligent, helpful, and humble,” said Dr. Taysseer Sharaf, assistant professor of statistics. “He has no limits when it comes to learning and acquiring new knowledge, especially in statistics and I am confident that he will fulfill his dream of becoming a professor in statistics with great success."







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