In honor of her team winning the national championship on Saturday night, I’m reposting this video about Madeleine Gates, who is both a middle blocker for the Stanford women’s volleyball team and also a graduate student in statistics. There aren’t a whole lot of graduate students who play NCAA sports (which would necessarily mean finishing their undergraduate degrees in three years or less), let alone play at an exceptionally high level while also pursuing an advanced degree in a field as demanding as statistics. I really enjoyed watching this.

Here’s the video of championship point from Saturday night. Gates had the final swing.

I'm a Professor of Mathematics and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of North Texas. For eight years, I was co-director of Teach North Texas, UNT's program for preparing secondary teachers of mathematics and science.
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