Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is the application of mathematical thought and knowledge to authentic, everyday issues; sometimes called quantitative literacy, QR is demonstrated by the inclination and ability to make reasoned decisions using fundamental mathematics. CUNY, as part its educational initiatives in the quantitative domain, has created a Quantitative Reasoning Fellowship. This QR Fellowship is awarded to a select group of doctoral candidates with strong quantitative expertise. The central responsibility of QR Fellows is to support efforts to strengthen mathematical and quantitative reasoning education at the colleges by developing resources and supporting faculty initiatives. QR Fellows at SPS serve as tutors to help support students in courses with a quantitative component, like those involving math and statistics.
QR Fellows are appointed on an annual basis and bring various skills to the SPS QR initiative. They provide support to students at SPS in a wide range of mathematical concepts. Their mission is to help students think through and analyze math from a new perspective in both their coursework and daily lives.
Scheduling a QR Appointment
In order to schedule an appointment with one of our QR fellows, log onto WC Online and select any of the available time slots that fir your schedule. Once you select a meeting time, the scheduling interface will ask for some relevant information about you, the class and material you need help with, and what kind of appointment you would like to make.
There are three kinds of appointments available to students: Face-to-face, remote meetings, and feedback. Face-to-face appointments are held in the QR office at 101 W 31st Street on the seventh floor. Students should use their SPS ID card to get into the building and then call (212) 652-2007 using the landline on the wall. The QR Fellow will come open the door for you.
Remote appointments are conducted through the WC Online interface using video chat, as well as various other tools to help student communicate their needs. Finally, students can choose to simply upload a previously completed homework assignment and get feedback from a tutor.
Meet Your 2019-20 QR Fellows
Anthony Capote is a doctoral student of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research is centered around the role of mass media in everyday life and, more specifically, how elites use to mass media to perpetuate intersectional forms of inequality. He has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, but has focused on quantitative methods like content analysis and survey research.
Other areas of expertise include criminology, race and ethnicity, digital sociology, and LatinX studies. In addition working as a QR Fellow, Anthony has taught “Sociology of the Internet and New Media,” “Introduction to Sociology,” “Sociology of Race and Ethnicity,” and “Current Sociological Theory” at Hunter College and also works at Hunter as a research assistant for the master’s program applied social research.
Anthony is available in the SPS offices at 101 W. 31st Street, 7th Floor on Tuesdays from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. His tutoring specialties are in basic math, various levels of statistics, and some business math.
Chunhui (Ivy) Zhu is an actuarial analyst for NYS Rating Board. Her job is to provide analysis for all WC insurance stakeholders through transparent and simple processes that are supported by objective decision-making. She is completing her MS degree in Data Science in 2019 in CUNY SPS. Her expertise is in the application of updated technology like R, Python and SAS programming to create machine learning models that help in big data analysis.
Chunhui was invited as a speaker in a blockchain and cryptocurrency investment event. She won 1st place in a global blockchain technology collaborative competition in 2018 reinforcing her skill in emerging technology.
Chunhui has obtained four years of tutoring experience in at CUNY Brooklyn College while she was pursuing her BS in applied mathematics.
Of course, students have a wide and ever-growing set of needs, sometimes beyond the scope and experience of our QR Fellows. To help fill this gap, SPS provides all students with access to Tutor.com, an online tutoring platform connecting students to remote tutors in 40 different subjects on-demand, 24/7.
Students can access Tutor.com through their course’s Blackboard site on the navigation menu on the left-hand side.