My name is Ryan Gold. I will be graduating from the University of Kansas Honors Program with a double major in Finance and Data Analytics in May of 2021.
I believe I have always had a very different way of approaching problems and the world around me compared to my peers. While certain problems might be viewed as surface level to some, I have long been able to see the deeper meaning behind these challenges. In group projects throughout college, for example, I often provided thoughts and viewpoints that were very different from those of my teammates. While some of these viewpoints proved critical and value-added, others did not. However, I believe it always greatly enhanced the dialogue and out-of-the-box thinking within my groups and contributed to a more effective overall solution. In the business landscape, I believe groupthink is one of the greatest threats to an organization. As such, I have the ideas, knowledge, and courage to offer unique and creative ideas to help evolve an organization’s business practices.
In addition to my analytical abilities, I have many unique experiences and leadership qualities that make me an ideal candidate for roles that require a unique lens of analytical and financial thinking. Following my sophomore year of college, I secured a competitive internship at an Israeli news organization in Jerusalem. This year, I helped manage the security of my school’s designated COVID dormitory. As Treasurer of the Entrepreneurship Club at KU, and a Board member of Chabad at KU, I was given the responsibility of representing and guiding these clubs. These positions gave me an opportunity to utilize and grow my leadership, time management, and problem-solving abilities.
As I continue to grow my professional skills, I believe my academic accomplishments, leadership experience, and strong references are evidence that I am a unique and worthy candidate. Thank you for your consideration.
University of Chicago '18: Physics Major with Specialization in Astrophysics and Statistics Minor
Statistics minor included: Statistical Models/Methods, Applied Regression Analysis, Analysis of Categorical Data, Statistical Theory/Methods, Linear Models/Experimental Design (all of these courses required R)
Physics major included: Quantum Mechanics, Modern Physics, Experimental Physics, Intermediate Mechanics/Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Waves, Heat, Statistical/Thermal Physics, Spacetime and Black Holes (General Relativity), Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
Astrophysics Specialization included: Physics of Stars and Stellar Systems, Physics of Galaxies and the Universe, Modern Topics in Astrophysics (Gravitational Lensing and Exoplanets), and Introduction to Cosmology
During the summer of 2016 I conducted research on gravitational lensing of black holes under the guidance of professor Henric Krawczynski at WashU at St. Louis and wrote a paper featured in UChicago's undergraduate research magazine. In the summer of 2017 I participated in research regarding ultra-faint dwarf galaxies (HERON project) with professor R. Michael Rich at UCLA alongside two foreign exchange students from Nanjing University.
I am passionate about STEM and spent 40+ hours volunteering with an After-School Science Program at an elementary/middle school (in Chicago) where we held small physics/biology/chemistry/engineering experiments with kids from ages 5-14. I always enjoy helping people solve problems that have been giving them trouble before.
I am seeking a position where I can utilize the analytical skills I developed while pursuing my physics degree for a company with innovative and sustainable technology.