Reverse job fair for statistics students draws nearly 60 potential employers

Students showed off their statistical analysis skills KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 12, 2013) —…

Georgia (Apr 12, 2013)Students showed off their statistical analysis skills

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 12, 2013) — A “reverse job fair” for students studying applied analytics brought representatives from nearly 60 local, national and regional companies to Kennesaw State University.

During the Sixth Annual SAS Day students used posters to demonstrate their knowledge of the statistical analysis software. Kennesaw State students get hands-on experience with SAS, the most widely used statistical software in the world. It allows organizations to analyze huge amounts of data.

The Southern Company, the sponsor of this year’s event, gave monetary awards to three students for their poster presentations.  Undergraduates Olabisi Omole and Stephanie Krutick will split $1,500. Graduate student Bukeka Freeman also received a $1,500 award. The students’ projects involved using data to predict the creditworthiness and probability of default of individuals.

Often called “big data” applied analytics is becoming one of the hottest fields today. People who are well-versed in SAS are in high demand and are difficult to recruit. SAS Day gives companies a chance to meet the students and see their work.

“The presentations were all really good,” said Chris Nickerson, of The Southern Company, in announcing the winners. “You should be very proud of the education you are getting here because the folks who have worked for us at The Southern Company are very sharp.”

Among the companies represented were: SAS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, AutoTrader, TransUnion, SunTrust Bank and Wells Fargo.

Applied Statistics and Data Analysis Minor


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