Mom of 7 Makes History as the 1st Black Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Survey Methodology

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Alena Maze Makes History as the 1st Black Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Survey Methodology

History Maker. Popular Vlogger. Wife and Mother! This black Queen wears her titles ever so proudly and yes, there’s no stopping her!

With a determined mind, nothing is impossible! Being a mother comes with a lot of responsibility but famous YouTuber, Alena Maze, a wife and mother of 7, didn’t let that hold her down one bit. Rather, it stirred her up to want to achieve more!

Maze is smashing headlines for having successfully earned a Ph.D. in Survey Methodology. But more than that, Maze’s feat is historic as she proudly takes seat as the first and only Black person in the world to hold a doctorate degree in that field.

Mom of 7 Makes History as the 1st Black Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Survey Methodology

Announcing the amazing news on Instagram, she wrote:

“I successfully passed my PhD dissertation defense! I’m the first African American person in history to receive a PhD in the field of Survey Methodology. Not just in the USA but in the entire world. That also means I’m currently the only Black person to hold a PhD in this degree. My dream was to inspire other Black girls and women to achieve the highest education they could in their field. To reach higher. Never did I think my love of Math and Health would lead me to being a “first” in Black History. After 5-6 years of hard research, I spent the last 3 months shut up in my office space, focused only on two things: finishing my variance derivations and estimations. During this time I encountered God’s love, through a divine meeting with His Holy Spirit in a way I cannot wait to share. His Love has been enough for me to manifest anything I desire to do, be or become. It’s Dr. Maze now !!!”

It didn’t come easy for the super accomplisher; for nearly 6 years, Maze has had to juggle her doctorate studies with her married life – they met in high school – raising her 7 children, and vlogging – where she together with her Korean-American husband Joseph Lee, produce content for their vlogs, sharing life experiences as a multicultural blended family.

Vlogger Alena Maze and husband Vlogger Alena Maze's children

Looking back;

She’s always had a passion for math and health so right away, she knew pursuing a career as a survey statistician would be nice. Alena Maze hopes to develop inclusivity in surveys.

The 35 year old after earning a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Georgetown University, went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Survey Methodology and Statistics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

She shared the feat on Facebook:

“What’s a Survey Methodologist? Well I’m a Survey Statistician, so specifically, I research the math behind surveys,” Maze wrote. “Suppose we want more information on how diabetes affects women ages 30-40, in order to develop better treatment courses. Well in a perfect world, we would like to send out a survey (i.e., a series of questions) to all women ages 30-40 with diabetes. However, this is not practical for many reasons. So instead we chose a smaller group (called a sample), say 2,000 women from that same population to represent the whole population of 30 to 40-year old women with diabetes.”

Maze, a hard worker also credits God for her success.


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