Ever since she was in the fourth grade, Alyssa Farmer knew she wanted a career in math—somehow.
“I like to determine anything from numbers,” the math and statistics student (computer science minor) says. “And I like that math can be applied to different areas.”
The CINSAM, SOAR and UR STEM Scholar has, during her time as an NKU student, done everything from evaluating high-quality STEM teaching practices to building statistical models for heart-disease prediction indicators to determining the efficacy and side effects of certain drugs. And Alyssa also found her math career—biological statistics. She’s eyeing the pharmaceutical industry for postgraduation work.
“It’s something I can see that impacts people, even in this area,” she says. “It’s a real problem, and not something made up in the classroom. I feel like I’m doing something that creates a positive change in the world.”
When she’s not elbow deep in research, Alyssa spends her time as a teaching assistant, math tutor and a member of Alpha Phi Omega. She also consults with clients through the Burkardt Consulting Center on campus and passionately advocates for women to study in STEM.
“I think there’s a lot of pressure put on women to do something other than math or science,” she says. “That’s just the way it’s always been—men are good at math and science, women are told they can’t do something they’re perfectly capable of doing. But it doesn’t have to be that way.”