Camille Pensabene ’17
Camille Pensabene ’17 would tell incoming students to take advantage of the opportunities presented in college, even if they are a little outside your comfort zone. As an inclusive childhood education and statistics graduate, she lived that advice all four years of college.
A native of West Genesee, New York, Camille was able to spend time in Rochester area schools, working with pre-school to middle school-aged students.
“I loved the opportunity to go into classrooms and work with kids,” said Camille, who was a member of the College’s Honors Program. “I also liked that I could be creative and develop my own lessons plans.”
As a budding statistician, she engaged in several programs, honing her data analysis and project management skills. In summer 2016, she participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates and Teachers (REUT) program in Chico California. Working with four other undergraduates, a professor, and a high school teacher, she helped her team determine optimal fourth down strategy in the game of football.
“We utilized play-by-play NFL data to simulate football games while adjusting different aspects of the game of football,” she explained.
After returning from that experience, Camille engaged in an internship at Loretto, a health care organization in Syracuse, working directly with their project manager to collect and analyze data related to ongoing projects.
Abby Standera ’17
Geneseo native Abby Standera ’17 had a big interest in big data. A graduate of the statistics program with minors in psychology and economics, she says her favorite courses included Linear Regression, Probability Modeling, and Introduction to Java.
“I liked these classes because they were challenging and allowed me to develop my problem-solving and analytical skills,” Abby explained, adding that the small class sizes allow students to create personal connections with professors and classmates.
In addition to her coursework, Abby served as an actuarial intern with Excellus BCBS in Rochester, and conducted statistical research with Dr. Evan Blaine. She hopes this experience will help her pursue a career in data analytics.