Alumni Stories

We encourage QSS alumni/ae to contact us with news they would like to share.

Alumni Stories: Annie Ma '17

I just started at The Oregonian for the summer as a data reporting intern. I’m still figuring out my exact project assignments, but the first few days I’ve been looking into government salary data and have felt very prepared thanks to the QSS program. I think the work overall might skew a bit more towards Python and my computer science background, but the ability to think critically about data and how it might answer and reveal certain questions has certainly been an advantage in journalism that I’ve learned from the minor. 

Alumni Story: Stephen Haines '71

 I was attracted to Math and the Social Sciences because my first sociology course with Professor James Davis introduced me to the idea that the fuzzy issues of social behavior were amenable to quantitative analysis.

The MSS major allowed me to explore that idea in depth. As unusual as it still seems, those concepts have served me very well in my subsequent career in academic neurosurgery.  Most of my colleagues in academic medicine at that time were steeped in the statistics of the natural world with its continuous normally distributed variables. It turned out that the fuzzy non-parametric data of clinical practice are much better handled with the methods developed in quantitative social science. The result has been a career-long advocacy of what started as clinical trials applied to neurosurgery, became clinical epidemiology and then evidence-based medicine. As a result, we understand and evaluate the practice of neurosurgery better than would otherwise have been the case and make better decisions for our patients. It is an outcome I could not have foreseen, but one for which I am forever grateful.

Alumni Story: Joseph Tanenbaum '13

I am currently an MD-PhD student in the MSTP program at Case Western Reserve University. My PhD work is in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics where my research focuses on the association between increased market penetration of novel healthcare delivery systems and changes in population health. The QSS program (or the artist formerly known as MSS) was instrumental in helping me develop both analytical and critical thinking skills. The encouragement to develop a strong foundation in statistical methods while simultaneously pursuing studies in social science theory and application helped prepare me for my graduate school work and for my career moving forward.

Alumni Story: Alexis Savini ’14

I'm working at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP on their corporate startup team. KTS is mostly known for their IP and patent work, so it's interesting to be on a smaller team within the firm that is doing something different from everyone else. We work with a lot of Bay Area startups, mostly medical device companies that need help with forming a company and finding funding opportunities. So far I'm really enjoying it - the corporate team is pretty small, so I've been given a good bit of responsibility and am definitely learning a lot. I'm mostly doing a lot of formations (which is honestly just a lot of paperwork), but in the end I'm transforming a guy with an idea into an actual company, which I think is pretty cool. We work with a lot of UCSF and Stanford professors and grad students, so a lot of the technology we get to see is pretty amazing (and completely over my head).

Alumni Story: Danny Kim '11

The MSS program equipped me with a rigorous data-driven framework to think about exciting yet puzzling empirical questions in the business world. I am currently a PhD student at MIT focusing on venture capital and entrepreneurship — a career path I decided to pursue after doing a fascinating networks-based research project in a MSS class. I'm so thankful for the MSS experience at Dartmouth! (10/2014)

Alumni Story: Anne Irvine ’06

I had the incredible experience of teaching two MSS courses at Dartmouth in the Fall of 2011, and I recently completed my PhD in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. I have just started work as a Senior Data Scientist at RedOwl Analytics, a Baltimore-based startup that is developing a software product that performs sophisticated social network analysis for our corporate customers. My focus is on natural language processing, but our core product is very much in line with the social network analysis research and coursework that I completed as part of my MSS degree nearly ten years ago! It's amazing how impactful the MSS curriculum has been on my career thus far. (10/2014)

Alumni Story: Kerry Matlosz ’97

I work in Marketing Research at Time Inc and apply many of the data analysis and analytical skills I acquired at Dartmouth. In addition to that, I went on to get an M.S. in Applied Statistics as well as a PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, both from Columbia’s University’s Teachers College. I am currently also working as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia and teaching Probability and Statistical Inference there. (10/2014)

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