Colin Hill is a junior in Ezra Stiles, majoring in Statistics and Data Science. He grew up in the Boston area, where he enjoys hiking, lounging at the beach, and going on road trips with his parents, older brother, and cats Ash and Tony. His interests lie at the intersection of data science and education. Hill’s research focuses on effective practices for teaching “data literacy” - how can we equip students with the skills to be critical consumers of data they see in our increasingly data-driven society? In his spare time, Hill plays percussion in the Yale Precision Marching Band, gives Engineering-themed Admissions tours, and frequents the many excellent late-night food options of New Haven.
Hill had previously served on the search committee for the Dean of Science and Quantitative Reasoning Education, which conducted a national search and screened applicants for an administrator who would oversee STEM education and research at Yale. Currently, Hill serves on the Education Studies Advisory Board and the Advisory Committee on Science and QR. In addition, as part of the inaugural class of the new Statistics and Data Science major, Hill has had the opportunity to work with Professor Dan Spielman on developing the new major.
Outside of Yale, Hill sits on the Advisory Board for the Chapman Farm School, a recently founded micro-school in his hometown of Norwell, Massachusetts, that emphasizes social and emotional learning as the foundation of meaningful growth. In addition to advising on matters of curriculum and instruction, Hill occasionally steps in as a substitute teacher, running everything from science classes to social groups.
Hill is an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for a mid-level course in data-analysis, which requires him to hold weekly office hours for students ranging from first-years to postdoctorates. He also works with undergraduates as a tutor at the Yale College Writing Center, and is trained to work with ESL students.
Hill also runs a math club at Benjamin Jepson Middle School through the student organization Mathcounts Outreach. In his capacity as Competition Coordinator, he not only writes and teaches innovative, engaging, and diverse lessons, but also develops and organizes a math competition held for the nearly 300 students in the program each May.