Zhicheng (Frank) Yan received first honors for achieving his Bachelor of Economics in Finance degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His great enthusiasm in exploring the intersection of finance and mathematics led him to complete his Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics. During the summer of his junior year, Zhicheng completed an internship as a quantitative analyst at Soochow Futures Research Institute, where he assisted senior analysts performing thorough research on noble metal’s future markets and carried out a statistical analysis on finding lead-lag relationships between different commonly used data. For his bachelor’s thesis, Zhicheng used extensive Monte Carlo simulation in MATLAB to discover how a multivariate robust regression model can capture coefficient changes at certain time points. This exposure to mathematical finance increased his interest in this interdisciplinary field and motivated him to join the MSCF program to refine and build essential quantitative skills to pursue a career in modeling or quantitative trading.