Ziyan Xu graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor in Economics. After her junior year, she gained insight and interest into how finance services companies operate through an internship at Guosen Securities. Later that summer, Ziyan interned at a future-trading company where she worked in a team that developed a trading strategy by conducting extensive data analysis to find systematic trading signals. Impressed by the high efficiency of quantitative methods, she joined the MSCF program to learn more quantitative and programming skills to complement her economic background. Upon graduation, Ziyan wishes to start a career in quantitative research.