Alex S. Peters '21 Major: Statistics Minor: Mathematics Research Focus: Statistical Modeling and Inference, Food Insecurity, Data Compression Years of Research Experience: 1 Advisor: Alan Dabney email@example.com Organizations & Programs: Statistics Undergraduate Student Association Activities: Guitarist in local band Timpanist for local church Tutor for Spartan Tutoring Awards & Distinctions: Experience with: The Hunger Consortium, First Year Eats My project started with a dataset consisting of anonymized student information on demographics and membership in First Year Eats. Then, I specifically focused on identifying subsets of demographic factors that strongly correlate with GPA, and then using those factors in conjunction with information on membership in First Year Eats to build a linear model for predicting GPA. The mathematical model I created separated the impact on GPA due to the demographic factors I chose from the impact on GPA due to membership in First Year Eats, allowing an honest comparison of the GPA's between students who did and did not participate in First Year Eats. In the end, my work was used to obtain another year of funding for the program, and thus another year of helping keep freshmen fed and healthy. In my free time, you can see me (mostly my hair) behind the drum set at Texas A&M basketball games. I also play guitar in a local band, independently write and produce my own music, and tutor for introductory statistics classes. I love the mountains, trees, rivers, and hikes; I'm quite happy with anything that lets me be outside. I really could not be more excited to be a part of this program, and would love the opportunity to talk with anyone interested in pursing undergraduate research!