KSU students invite firms to make pitches

KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University statistics students have reversed roles when it comes to…

Georgia (Apr 15, 2013) — KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University statistics students have reversed roles when it comes to job fairs. Companies line up to try to impress the students and compete to hire them.


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The students are learning Statistical Analysis System, which 95 percent of fortune 500 companies use to configure data, Jennifer Lewis Priestley, statistics professor, said. Companies are looking for people who are familiar with SAS, can extract data into the software and can communicate findings to colleagues and clients, she said.

On Friday, the students participated in SAS Day, which started out as traditional job fair and has become a way for students to market themselves. There’s a supply problem for companies looking for statistical analysts, and Kennesaw has the supply, Priestley said.

The students are the ones who set up booths with posters and samples of their work, and the prospective employers visit the booths and compete for the students’ attention, graduate student Daniel Brasuell said.

“Any company interested in data analysis would benefit from the kind of work we’re learning to do,” Brasuell said. “It’s like a career day students usually go to, but this is the employers going to a career day.”


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu