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Student Profile: Anqi Chen
PhD student in the Faculty of Science
I come from Yantai, a lovely coastal city in Northeast China. After graduating from high school, I successively studied at Beijing International Studies University, University of the Fraser Valley, and Simon Fraser University (SFU). At SFU, I completed my undergraduate and master's study. Now I am a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Joan Hu in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I previously came to SFU because it offers an Actuarial Science major. After taking several Statistics courses, I developed an interest in Statistics.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.
Emergency Departments (EDs) are very important health resources in Canada. There are a small number of patients who frequently seek ED care, which potentially causes crowding in EDs. We used various statistical methods to describe and compare the characteristics of frequent and non-frequent ED users in two Canadian provinces. We hope that our results could enhance the planning of ED care and reduce unnecessary visits.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I really enjoy the supportive community created by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. The professors, staff, and graduate students are always willing to provide their help and share their knowledge.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?
I am very lucky to receive a Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship for my doctoral study. The scholarship has greatly reduced my financial stress and allowed me to concentrate on my courses and research.