Grace Choi, heading to biostatistics Ph.D., balances academics and commitment to community

Grace Choi
B.S., Mathematics and Statistics
Summa Cum Laude
Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland
Plans: Ph.D. in Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania

The support from faculty and availability of undergraduate research opportunities have helped me gain vital work experience and discern my passions and skills. The rigor of UMBC classes helped me grow academically and highlighted the importance of group studying.

Grace Choi is an outstanding example of the UMBC student drive to pursue academic excellence at its highest levels while also taking time to support communities and causes of personal resonance.

Graduating with a 4.0, Choi has been admitted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and placed on the UMBC President’s Academic List. She has received numerous departmental awards, including the Outstanding Learning Assistant in Physics and Outstanding Graduating Senior in Statistics. She also received support from the UMBC Centennial Award Scholarship and Sinha Endowment for Excellence in Statistics.

Beyond the classroom, Choi has served as mission and advocacy chair for UMBC’s Relay for Life and was the secretary and large group coordinator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. This role involved leading discussions on topics such as faith, race, and social justice.

Images: Choi emceeing an InterVarsity large group meeting, an activity that helped her broaden her perspectives; photo courtesy Grace Choi. Portrait by Marlayna Demond ‘11 for UMBC.