Kennesaw State students take top honors in national analytics competition

 

Two KSU teams among top eight invited to SAS Global Forum

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 6, 2019) — A Kennesaw State student competition team earned second place in the SAS Student Symposium, a national analytics competition showcasing skills in the application of SAS Analytics in big data, earning them an invitation to the world’s largest event for analytics professionals.

Collegiate teams that ranked among the top eight of the SAS Student Symposium online competition were invited to present their results at the SAS Global Forum in Dallas, Texas.

KSU’s all-female team, named The Type III Errors, placed second in the SAS Student Symposium behind Oklahoma State University. The four-person team is composed of students Wendy Ballew, Rebekah Fallon, Audrey Whittle and Sharon Pearcey, and is led by faculty mentor and advisor Sherry Ni in KSU’s Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences.

SAS Student Symposium

The student team of Audrey Whittle, from left, Sharon Pearcey, Rebekah Fallon, and Wendy Ballew, placed second in the SAS Student Symposium.

Each year, graduate students in KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics applied statistics program compete in the SAS Student Symposium, an annual competition that draws nearly 50 universities. Two Kennesaw State teams entered the event this year. 

KSU’s Dark Falcon team, which includes team members Owen Kelley and Matthew Bunker, was also named among the top eight teams. This is the fourth consecutive year that KSU has placed in the top eight, with a Kennesaw State team winning first place in 2016.

Each invited team, composed of two to four graduate-level students, presented projects during breakout sessions at the SAS Global Forum on April 29.

Kennesaw State was one of only two universities to have more than one team land in the top eight. Other finalists included Oklahoma State University, with three teams, as well as Purdue University, the University of South Florida and Louisiana State University.

– Tiffany Capuano

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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