Binyue Hu, Master of Science in Biostatistics at Mailman School of Public Health

Which program/department are you in?

Mailman School of Public Health.

What is your primary area of research?


Which country (or countries) do you come from?


How long have you been in the U.S.?

I've been studying and living in the U.S. for a total of a year and a half.

Tell us about your research and projects at Columbia.

My specialty is to understand the complexity of biological phenomena and epidemiological patterns through rigorous research design and sophisticated statistical methods. The goal is to reveal insights into disease causes, treatment effects, and public health interventions. We use computational tools and mathematical models to identify risk factors and quantify the impact of interventions, enabling healthcare professionals and policymakers to make informed decisions that shape the future of healthcare.

We heard that you are the President of Columbia University Irving Medical Center Chinese Students & Scholars Association. How has the experience been thus far?

As the president of Columbia University Irving Medical Center Chinese Students & Scholars Association, I am currently experiencing the process of collaborating and communicating with diversity as a team leader. By leading a diverse body of students and academics from different backgrounds and disciplines, I honed my ability to delegate tasks effectively, motivate team members, and foster a cohesive and supportive environment. My committee and I anticipate the 2023-2024 academic year by organizing events, workshops, and cultural events that celebrate the rich Chinese traditions while embracing the diversity of the Columbia community. By encouraging inclusivity and actively seeking the input of individuals with diverse perspectives, we foster a culture of collaboration and understanding that enriches our collective experience. Serving as president has provided me with valuable opportunities to grow as a leader, develop strong communication skills, and recognize the power of diversity in achieving common goals.

What do you like to do (hobbies, etc)?

Traveling is a captivating hobby for me that takes me on an exhilarating journey of discovery and exploration. Every journey has been a reflection of my growth. Whether hiking through the desert, through bustling city streets, or bathing in Sri Lanka's pristine beaches, every experience becomes a cherished memory that constantly reminds me that the world is vast and interconnected. It sparked my desire, a desire to explore the unknown, and an insatiable curiosity to understand the complexities of our global society. When I came to Columbia to study, I found that the campus was full of connections to the wider world. My classmates come across different countries from all over the world, and whenever I meet a new classmate, it's like starting a journey where I get new experiences from chatting with people, which is incredible.

What do you like best about living in the U.S.?

I love the diversity of the U.S. culture the most, and I realized it even more after living in New York for nearly a year. Located in New York City, the university is a melting pot of cultures, ideas, and perspectives. From the iconic landmarks of Central Park and Times Square to the eclectic neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and Brooklyn, my school life not only combines academic excellence with the vibrant energy of the city, but New York City has given me the opportunity to experience diversity and possibilities.

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