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Jiacheng Gong

What is your hometown? China

What is your educational background? I graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, and I double majored in Statistics and Financial Actuarial Mathematics.

Why data science? Data scientists help improve how humans make decisions and how algorithms optimize outcomes. I think data science is a very useful and powerful skill in the future.

Why did you choose Vanderbilt? I believe that Vanderbilt University will provide me with high standard education in both the theoretical and the applied realm, and prepare me to become a data scientist who is adaptive and expansive as new data challenges emerge.

What are your hobbies / what do you enjoy doing outside of work and academics? I enjoy traveling, and I also like participating volunteer activities of rescuing animals.