Isaac Baguisa

Statistics Major Economics Minor

My research project, Four-Dimensional Summary Statistics for Brain Imaging Genetics, is a website I created with Dr. Lloyd Elliott, combining the Papaya brain imaging viewer and the UCSC Genome Browser.

Why did you choose to come to SFU?

I chose to come to SFU because of their strong Statistics department, and because they are known for their innovative teaching methods and research opportunities. I believe the Statistics program here can best prepare me for my future career plans, as their curriculum covers a wide range of both theoretical and practical topics in statistics.

How would you describe your research or program to a family member?

Statistics involves analyzing and translating data to find meaningful solutions or patterns. My research aims to ease the difficulty of visualizing human brains, in combination with the genetic information stored in our DNA.

What are you particularly enjoying about your studies/research at SFU?

I enjoy collaborating with my fellow undergraduate research students, classmates, and professors, as their teamwork significantly contributes to my success. I also appreciate the practicality of statistics, and how it can be applied to many different fields. 

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?

Have an open mind and do not be afraid to explore different fields. It is important to be persistent in your research, as it is common to feel frustrated when faced with challenging tasks or after making a mistake. Most importantly, succeeding in research is not just about how well you can code; rather, I believe true success comes from being prepared to approach challenges logically, using the problem-solving skills you have learned in your classes.