Mengyao Hu

PhD '17

Before starting my first master’s degree at the School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Michigan (U of M) in 2010, I did not know much about Survey and Data Science until I took a very interesting course on sampling that year. While studying at the SPH, I was also involved in several survey projects. I soon realized that survey and data science is a prerequisite for all good survey studies. What concerned me more was how to achieve survey data with higher validity and how to use the data to solve practical problems in the real world. This has motivated me to pursue my second master and PhD degrees at the Michigan Program in Survey and Data Science (MPSDS). During my studying and training at the program, I have worked as a research assistant at the International Survey Unit, at the Survey Research Center. There, I was involved in several cross-cultural survey studies. I have also had many opportunities to work with leading faculties in survey field on several research projects. All of these have been an awesome learning experience for me and helped prepare me to be a better researcher. Now after finishing my PhD and starting my career as an assistant research scientist at the U of M, looking back, I truly believe that applying to MPSDS was one of the best decisions I ever made that helped me to decide and map out my career path.