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GSERM 2023 Reflection

The below reflection was written by a GSERM scholarship recipient. To learn more about GSERM’s programming, visit the GSERM page here.

My name is Judah Ng’ang’a. I am a Ph.D. student and a course instructor at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. 

During the GSERM session, I had the privilege of studying advanced Machine Learning in R, which proved to be a transformative experience. The program equipped me with invaluable skills and insights into the application of machine learning techniques in the field of Financial Econometrics. This newfound expertise has significantly enhanced my ability to deliver the course, enabling me to impart cutting-edge knowledge to my students.

Reflecting on my time at GSERM, I am truly grateful for the exceptional hospitality and support extended by the GSERM team. The program was not only intellectually stimulating but also created a nurturing environment for personal growth and networking with like-minded scholars from diverse backgrounds. The interactions with fellow participants and faculty enriched my understanding of machine learning concepts, fostering a collaborative and engaging learning environment.

The overall experience at GSERM has left an indelible mark on my academic and professional journey. The skills acquired during the program have not only bolstered my teaching abilities but also proved to be instrumental in advancing my research pursuits. As I progress with my Ph.D. thesis, I am confident that the data analysis skills developed at GSERM will play a pivotal role in the successful completion of my research.

Judah and his GSERM Advanced Machine Learning Class