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Women in Statistics

Women in Statistics (WIST) has a mission to build community among all self-identifying women in statistics - including undergraduate women, graduate women, and women faculty at Northwestern. The organization to open to those within the Statistics Department as well as those who use statistics or data science, including Engineering, Mathematics, and Quantitative Social Sciences. WIST seeks to increase representation of women in the field of statistics by fostering an inclusive environment and advocating for gender equality. WIST strives to create a mentoring environment of outreach, through professional development and learning opportunities for women interested in statistics careers. WIST partners with a variety of organizations and seeks funding both within Northwestern and from external grants.  


Faculty Adviser: Noelle Samia

Points of Contact
Graduate Student President: Mena Whalen,
Graduate Student Speaker Co-Chair: Rrita Zejnullahi,
Graduate Student Speaker Co-Chair: Yajun Liu,
Graduate Student Event Coordinator: Abby Smith,
Interim Internal Communications: Yajun Liu( Winter 2020),
Undergraduate Representative: Kaylee Guajardo,


NU Alumna and former WIST participants

Mindy Hong (‘19) Post-Doctoral Fellow – Statistician, Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Minhui Zheng (‘19) Data Scientist, Capital One
Wenqian Wang (‘19) Data Scientist, LinkedIn

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