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Congratulations to Shuchi Goyal and Rachel Zilinskas

Shuchi Goyal received a special scholarship from the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Statistics, where she was recently admitted into the doctoral program starting Fall 2018. She looks forward to pursuing her PhD in statistics and is particularly interested in the analysis of multidimensional data sets and identification of causational relationships. Congratulations, Shuchi!

Rachel Zilinskas receives a special PhD Dean Scholar award from the University of Minnesotta, where she has been admitted into the doctoral program of the Department of Biostatistics starting Fall 2018. Congratulations, Rachel!

(updated 4/26/18)

Congratulations to Abhyuday Mandal!

Abhyuday Mandal has been recognized for the second time for his superior teaching at UGA. He was one of the five finalists from the Franklin College for an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. He was recognized at a Faculty Recognition Banquet organized by the Provost's office on April 16, 2018.

(last updated April 18, 2018)

Congratulations to Catherine Case!

Catherine Case has been selected by the Honors Program Teaching Awards Committee as the recipient of the 2018 J. Hatten Howard III Award. This is a significant award as it recognizes her special promise in teaching Honors courses early in her career. Congratulations Catherine!

(last updated March 30, 2018)

UGA Statistics students attend ASA travel course

UGA Statistics students attended the ASA Travel Course on "An Introduction to the Analysis of Incomplete Data" taught by Professor Ofer Harel, University of Connecticut on March 24, 2018, at Georgia Tech. This event was sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of the American Statistical Association.

(last updated 3/26/18)

Congratulations Dan Hall, Abhyuday Mandal, Cheolwoo Park, and Wenxuan Zhong

The Department of Statistics congratulates Dan Hall, Abhyuday Mandal, Cheolwoo Park, and Wenxuan Zhong on their recent promotion to the rank of Full Professor and Pengsheng Ji on his promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. This is an impressive slate of promotions for our department and represents the extraordinary caliber of our faculty at every stage of their careers. We all have reason to be very proud of their superior efforts and accomplishments.

Congratulations again! 

(last updated 2/14/18)

Congratulations Wenxuan! Your work featured in UGA TODAY!

(last updated February 6, 2018)

Congratulations to Chul Moon for his summer research story posted on the ORISE webiste.

(last updated February 5, 2018)


Xiaoxiao Sun receives award from ASA Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics student paper competition

(January 19, 2018)

Xiaoxiao Sun's paper "An asympirical smoothing parameters selection appproach for SS-ANOVA models in large samples" has been selected as one of the winners of this year's student paper competition from the Section on Statistical Computing. The award will be presented at this year's Joint Statistical Meetings held in Vancouver from July 28-August 2.

Congratulations Xiaoxiao on this great acheivement!

Rui Xie Received GA Statistics Day Award

(January 4, 2018)
Rui Xie, a Ph.D. Graduate Student and Big Data Analytics Lab Research Assistant, received the second prize for his poster titled, “Online Sequential Leveraging Sampling Method for Streaming
Time Series Data” at the Georgia Statistics Day 2017 held at Emory University on October 9, 2017. Rui is working this research project under the advisement of Professor Ping Ma and Professor TN Sriram. Congratulations, Rui!

Cheng Meng and Chul Moon received book awards for their posters. Congratulations to all!

(last updated January 4, 2018)

Shuchi Goyal is Awarded CURO Research Assistantship

(January 4, 2018)

Statistics student Shuchi Goyal is a recipient of a CURO Research Assistantship for Spring 2018. This award includes a one-semester stipend of $1000 to conduct faculty-mentored research. As a CURO Research Assistant, Shuchi will continue her research on small area estimation, which she has been working on for the past six months under the guidance of Drs. Abhyuday Mandal and Gauri Datta. The purpose of this research is to extend the nested-error regression model, which incorporates auxiliary information, area-level effects, and unit-level random errors to estimate the response, to handle representative outliers. This will be accomplished by employing a two-component scale mixture of normal distributions and shrinkage coefficients.

Shuchi is completing her final year at the University of Georgia with majors in statistics and economics and a minor in history. After graduating this May, she plans to join a PhD progam in statistics to continue her studies. She is particularly interested in the analysis of multidimensional data sets and identification of causational relationships, and she hopes to eventually apply statistics in policy or industrial research. She has previously worked as the editor-in-chief for the Georgia Political Review and as a Math Counts tutor, and sings soprano for the a cappella group UGA Kalakaar.

Shuchi will present her research in the Spring 2018 CURO Symposium to be held on April 9-10 in the Classic Center.

(Last updated January 4, 2018)

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