Stormy Hill heads to data science position at Nielson after transformative UMBC experience

Stormy Hill
B.S., Applied Statistics
Summa Cum Laude
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
Plans: Emerging Technologist Program, Nielsen Holdings

UMBC has been a transformative experience. I have made great friends and found inspirational mentors here that have shaped me as a person. UMBC has helped me find my passions and fulfill my goals, big and small.

UMBC leaves its mark on every student, but Stormy Hill’s time as a Retriever has been particularly transformative. Hill joined the UMBC community after two highly successful years at Howard Community College. At UMBC, Hill was selected to become a member of the inaugural cohort of Hill-Lopes Scholars, a program designed to support women in STEM, and her interest in statistics flourished.  

“Without a doubt, UMBC helped me achieve my career goals,” Hill says. “Through networking opportunities provided through the Hill-Lopes Scholarship Program, I found the most amazing internship with T. Rowe Price. Later, the wonderful Career Center was where I found my dream job with Nielsen, which will take me to Florida this summer.”

Stormy Hill (front row, center) with the UMBC Jujitsu Club in May 2017, just after graduating from a white belt to a yellow belt. “I like this picture because I am surrounded by my friends and senseis,” Hill says, “and it shows how much more I have gotten from UMBC than an education.” Photo courtesy Stormy Hill.

With a perfect GPA, Hill is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Sigma honor societies. When it comes to her academic achievements, she is thankful for the support of faculty who weren’t just excellent teachers in the classroom, but who also proactively reached out to her with praise for her work and encouraged her to pursue further study and opportunities. “This type of support gave me confidence in my ability to branch out of my comfort zone and learn new things,” she shares, “and even to consider jobs in areas I never would have considered otherwise.”

Hill also tutored children in math at Lakeland School in Baltimore through the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program. “I discovered a way I can give back to my community and make a positive difference in the lives of children,” she reflects. “I have enjoyed the experience so thoroughly that I intend to seek out opportunities to continue tutoring after moving to Florida.” A member of both the scuba diving and jujitsu clubs at UMBC, she also plans to continue her martial arts training after graduation.

Hill will soon begin work at Nielson Holdings through the data science track of their highly competitive Emerging Technologist Program.

Portrait by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.