Varun Prasad
First Name: Varun
Last Name: Prasad
Graduation Year: 2021
Country: United States
Education: Duke University


I chose MIDS because of its well-structured curriculum, emphasis on collaboration, and the opportunity to apply what I have learned through the year-long capstone project. In addition, the Duke community is very focused and supportive, and this learning environment is a great fit for me.

What excites you about data science?

Data science excites me because it is extremely versatile, with applications in finance, healthcare, marketing, and many other diverse fields. In addition, it has allowed us to more efficiently solve problems and make predictions, thereby making it an invaluable tool for future work in any field.

What research area are you most interested in?

I am most interested in using data science to improve healthcare, particularly in more accurately and efficiently predicting and diagnosing diseases.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy watching and playing sports, mainly basketball, working out, playing video games, spending time with friends, and traveling.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I tented for the Duke-UNC basketball game in 2015.