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Stuart Allison

Chair of Mathematics & Watson Bartlett Professor of Biology

Galesburg, IL 61401



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How We Work

  1. Statistics is a tool for understanding the world around us. That's why we offer statistics as a minor that complements nearly any area you're passionate about-from economics to environmental studies, political science to psychology, mathematics to medicine.
  2. We put what we learn to work. We combine essential theoretical background with the equally important direct practice of statistics. Then we put what we learn to work through a culminating capstone opportunity. Some of us choose to join with an organization or business outside the College, helping them with a project that requires our unique skills, while others are drawn to collaborative opportunities for research.
  3. We explore life after Knox, while still at Knox. Economics major Kylie Behnke '16 has been a data science intern the last two summers at Nokia, searching data for hidden trends that will improve product quality and make the company more competitive. Financial mathematics major Srichandra Masabathula '16 interned with Bharat Immunological and Biological Corporation in India, where he learned how a business can be sustainable even while addressing issues like public health.
  4. We find success. Careers in statistics are in high demand and aren't limited by industry. Camile Johnson '11 is a business intelligence analyst at Wit, Inc. Zachary Rhodes '09 is an analyst at Allstate. Michelle Hackman '04 is an actuary at Humana. Christopher Tong '95 is a mathematical statistician at the USDA. Jen Zhu '94 is a professor in the department of statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Katherine Song '88 is a statistician/quality engineer at 3M Corporation. Costas Svingos '85 is a media planner at Adel Saatchi-Saatchi Advertising. Stephen Nosalik '80 is a computer programmer/analyst for the Naval Oceanographic Office.

Where We Go

For Knox students, a liberal arts degree is the gift that keeps giving long after Commencement. We learn the nuts and bolts of statistical analysis through our minor in statistics and broader applications through majors in another field. But beyond that, we learn to write clearly, think critically and creatively, discuss (and argue) constructively, and present ourselves confidently.

Employers want new hires ready with these skills so that they make a difference in their corporation or nonprofit from day one. That's why recruiters from Epic Systems (an industry leader in healthcare software), Sigma Aldrich (a multinational chemical, life science, and biotechnology company), and Kirkland & Ellis (an international law firm) frequently travel to Knox to recruit students for internships and careers with their companies.

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