Hi there! My name is Andrew Ricchezza and I am a second year M.S. student in biostatistics. Originally from Philadelphia, I received a B.S. in Math from Temple University. My interest in biostatistics was sparked by the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at North Carolina State University (a program I recommend checking out!). I was delighted to find that biostatistics is a growing field rooted in my expertise of mathematics and computer science. Witnessing a model that I worked on quantify the link between certain risk factors and serious medical events, such as death or heart attack, gave me a new appreciation for the power of mathematics. However, I was ultimately won over by the field’s worth to society. Both doctors and biostatisticians alike play an essential role in limiting the amount of suffering and death in the population. I chose Drexel because of its quality reputation among employers, small department size, and the experience-based learning provided by the second year practicum. After completing my Master’s degree, I intended to seek employment in the pharmaceutical industry to work on drug development.