Between 2017 and 2019 Dr George Tzougas carried out three research projects in collaboration with six undergraduate interns. The projects ran between June and August, with each research intern completing 100 hours of paid work.
The research paper that the students, Wei Li Hoon and Jun Ming Lim, and Dr Tzougas produced in 2017 recently appeared in the internationally recognised European Actuarial Journal. It was also presented at the 10th International Conference on Computational and Methodological Statistics (December 2017). The 2018 project (with Woo Hee Yik and Muhammad Waqar Mustaqeem) was presented at the 11th International Conference on Computational and Methodological Statistics, hosted by the University of Pisa (December 2018). The project's findings will be published in Annals of Actuarial Science.
The 2019 research project will be presented in the Department of Statistics in November and has already been accepted for presentation at the 12th International Conference on Computational and Methodological Statistics (December 2019).
“Previously, I would normally take science as face value, rarely questioning the premise. As I approach researching new ideas, I believe I am better equipped to analyse the research rather than blindly believing it. Additionally, knowing how to sieve through a huge amount of information by applying a disciplined approach is extremely beneficial, even in my current job as a actuarial consultant researching new topics and techniques.”
“It was a novel opportunity for a fresh graduate to work on cutting edge problems in the practical world, and have a chance to get published as a co-author at such an early stage of my educational career.”
Reflections from interns in 2017 and 2018.
"Especially noteworthy is the outstanding collegiality and support that exists among the Department of Statistics staff’s members..."
Dr George Tzougas reflects on his experiences in 2017 and 2018
In 2019, Dr Yunxiao Chen supervised a second-year research project, in collaboration with Ms Sarah Hagart, Head of Management Information in the LSE Planning Division, on grade inflation at the LSE.
"To claim that this experience has been one of the highlights of my time in LSE is indeed no exaggeration."
Jeria Kua looks back on his work on this project.