More than numbers

Kendrick Pulver

Education abroad gives graduate a well-rounded college experience

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 11, 2016) — Numbers are important to economics and quantitative analysis graduate Kendrick J. Pulver (BBA ’16). After all, she did minor in finance along with applied statistics and data analysis. However, she knows there’s more to the equation of life than how everything adds up on a spreadsheet.

The magna cum laude graduate of the Michael J. Coles College of Business, who will enter Emory University this fall on a full scholarship to study for a Ph.D. in economics, has managed to combine her intellectual pursuits with her love of travel and helping others.

“I've had a wide-ranging experience at Kennesaw State,” Pulver said. “I've traveled abroad three times, I've gained two minors, and I've taken many extra courses and participated in different clubs and activities throughout the University. That has allowed me to meet and work with a variety of people and gained a well-rounded college experience.”

During her time at Kennesaw State, Pulver participated in a team competition and presented a paper about economic development during a seminar in Mumbai, India. Two other education-abroad visits took her to Seoul, South Korea. 

“My first trip to Korea was with a group from KSU to teach English in Seongdong-gu, Seoul. I went back the next year to study Korean at Hanyang University,” she said. “The highlights of those trips were my students and the ‘family’ and friends I made in both places.”

Pulver, like many KSU students, participated in numerous internships, and she has also competed in several scholarly contests that have tested her analytical abilities. Last month, for the second time in a row, she won the top undergraduate award in the Ninth Annual SAS Day competition. SAS, which stands for Statistical Analysis Software, is used to mine data and perform high-level analyses.

“One of the most interesting things I've done during my yearlong internship at Southern Company is a project on housing demand research,” she said. “I really enjoy learning about the economics of the housing market, how owners and renters affect demand and trends.”

Pulver knows behind all the numbers stand real people. The east Cobb County resident takes time away from her studies to enjoy mountain biking and backpacking with Kennesaw State’s Outdoor Adventures and Nature Bound activities.

“I've never been a bad student, but it took me a little while to realize I wanted to get a Ph.D.,” she said. “I really enjoy working with data, so that drove me to tackle the math classes required for graduate studies. Besides my own drive, though, I have been blessed and faced few obstacles. I have had a lot of support from professors and fellow students.”

One of those is Jennifer Lewis Priestley, professor of statistics and data science, in the College of Science and Mathematics.

“From the first time I had the privilege of having Kendrick in the classroom, I knew that she had great potential and would be destined to do amazing things,” Priestley said. “She is one of those rare students who is highly numerate and is an adept programmer, but also has great communication skills and knows how to ‘tell the story.’ She is a great ambassador for our university.”


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