Sarah Downing is a senior mathematics major from Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. In addition to her major in mathematics, Sarah is earning minors in Economics and in Probability & Statistics. Initially undecided between math and economics, Sarah opted for the Mathematics major and a minor in economics because she realized that having a major in math would “be so applicable once I finished college. Having a math major really makes you marketable.”

Last summer , Sarah was one of 20 students selected nationwide to participate in the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at the University of Wisconsin. In this program, she took two graduate courses in biostatistics, attended seminars, and performed statistical analysis on data from the university hospital. Sarah also attended the Joint Statistics Meetings in Washington, DC, where she presented a poster titled Student Analysis of “Favorite Datasets from Drug Research.” During this academic year, Sarah has been working with her research mentor, Dr. Tom Short, in the JCU Statistical Services Lab, where she assists clients from around the University with statistical analyses. She also works as a homework grading assistant and as a tutor in the Mathematics Tutoring Lab at JCU, and does some private tutoring as well.

After graduation, Sarah plans to attend graduate school in the area of biostatistics, and eventually to become a university professor, where she will teach and do research.