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Student Profile: Phillip Shreeves

Statistics PhD student in the Faculty of Science

February 17, 2021
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I am a student who was born and raised in the Okanagan of British Columbia. My previous two degrees were both in Mathematics (BSc and MSc) and completed at UBC-Okanagan. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, watching basketball and football, as well as playing card games.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose to come to SFU due to their fantastic statistics program and the friendliness of everyone in the department. It made for an environment that I found perfect to help me succeed.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My previous research involves taking data sets that can be rather large, and reducing the size of them while still being able to retain the necessary information they provide. I have also been involved in researching algorithms that are able to analyze data sets and place them into groups according to similarity, even if no previous group information was specified.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, I have not been able to fully experience SFU at this time. However, all of the professors have been very kind, welcoming, and energetic which has played a key role in this online learning.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I am a lucky recipient of the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral award. This award has been very helpful, as it has allowed me to reduce my TA workload in order to focus on my classwork.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

The SFU PhD statistics program has a large selection of graduate level courses to choose from, as well as a great group of researchers. This program will be helpful for carving your path in any direction you want to go.

Contact Phillip: phil_shreeves@sfu.ca

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