Forrest C. WilliamsonEducation:
- B.S., Mathematics, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Using statistics on meteorological data to more accurately and earlier predict severe weather events.Describe Baylor in One Word
I took my first statistics course my senior year high school, along with calculus. I knew I wanted to study something math-related in college, but didn't know exactly what. Growing up I often heard that I was going to be an engineer, so that's what I started out studying. After a year in an engineering program, I decided it wasn't for me and I switched to mathematics. The first course I took after switching was Applied Statistics. I loved how it had so many applications and didn't narrow down my career choices, so I finished my math degree with a depth in probability and statistics, as well as completing an undergraduate certificate in statistics. Of all the math classes I took as an undergrad, I found theory of statistics to be the most challenging and most interesting. The way it mixes mathematical theory with "best guess" approaches intrigued me. So, I decided to continue my studies in statistics at the graduate level.Unique Aspects:
The graduate program is very intimate. The students are all friends with one another, which makes for an entertaining and stress-reducing work environment. Although we are serious about our studies, we find plenty of time to relax and have fun!Faculty
The professors are extremely interested in the lives of the students. Not only do they care a lot about classroom performance, they really try to be a part of the students' lives in Waco. Professional in the classroom and sociable outside of school, it is a great relationship to have with these mentors.Why Baylor?
I attended the University of North Texas for my undergraduate degree in mathematics. When applying to graduate school for statistics, I looked for programs that have a mixture of applied and theoretical courses. After the department brought me to Waco for a visit, I decided that not only was the program suitable but the department and the people in it were a god fit to my personality and academic interests.Baylor Community:
Baylor has a tight-knit group of students. You will start meeting people on campus, and before you know it you will be running in to people you know everywhere on and off campus. Waco also has a lot to offer students.Recommend Program:
Yes! The statistics program has been modeled to accomodate students from diverse backgrounds. The program emphasizes communication: statisticians must be able to communicate well with people from many different fields, and the combined experience of the faculty makes it easy for students to relate to numerous applications of this immense field.Surprises at Baylor:
The amicability of the students at Baylor is very refreshing. There is a real sense of community and mutual respect for each other.