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Mom-Of-Seven Makes History As The First Black Person Ever To Earn A Ph.D. In Survey Methodology

 

Alena Maze is, quite literally, a superwoman — seemingly capable of doing it all.

According to her remarkable story on PopSugar, the wife and mother fell in love with her husband, Joe Lee, when she was 13-years-old. But time and chance made them lose touch. They reconnected again when they were a little older, but it took a second time of losing touch before they realized what they meant to one another. Finally, on their third serendipitous encounter, they gave their relationship another try.

Today, Maze and Joe Lee are married and have seven children in a blended family. But, she said, she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

“Growing up, my mother helped to raise many children in the foster care system,” she said to PopSugar. “I always loved having lots of children around and knew I wanted to have many children of my own. My favorite part of being a mom is being able to live in the footsteps of my mother and my grandmother. I feel proud to have been handed down this motherhood title. I’m learning a lot from my own children and growing myself with the challenges and victories of motherhood.”

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Now, Maze can add another accomplishment to her resume: doctor.

She just successfully completed her Ph.D. in survey methodology, and she’s the first-ever African American to do so.

“What’s a Survey Methodologist? Well, I’m a Survey Statistician, so specifically, I research the math behind surveys,” she said. “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 30-40-year-old women with diabetes.”

It’s no question that Maze will continue to be successful in all she does.

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