Friday, May 8, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 inductees to the Mu Sigma Rho Honor Society!  Mu Sigma Rho is the national honorary society for statistics. Its purpose is the promotion and encouragement of scholarly activity in statistics, and the recognition of outstanding achievement among the students and instructional staff in eligible academic institutions.  



Congratulations to the following students for earning this very special honor:
Undergraduate Inductees: Cody Baetz, Theresa Devasia, Zixuan (Annie) Jiang, Andrew Kane, Zhuoxi (Rossy) Li, Joshua Lukemire, Stephen Terry, and Brogan Williams

Graduate Inductees: Yaotong Cai, Qian Kuang, Yupeng Li, Padmanand Madhavan Nambiar, Chul Moon, Yu Wang, and Xin Xing

Friday, May 1, 2015

For the first time, the Best Capstone Student Award ended in a tie, with two winners, Theresa Devasia and Joshua Lukemire, sharing the 2015 award (and splitting the $500 cash prize).  With 32 (mostly highly motivated) students enrolled in this year’s Capstone (STAT 5010-5020) Course, it was not easy to select a ‘best’ student, and even selecting two co-winners was quite difficult.


Theresa Devasia is a 3rd-year BS/MS Statistics major from Lilburn, GA. She somewhat stumbled into the field of Statistics from some work in Biostatistics that she performed in high school while working at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Center. Theresa was recently featured in UGA’s Columns, with Prof. Andreas Handel of UGA’s Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department, on the distribution of the length of time of stomach noroviruses. Following the completion of her BS/MS degrees, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biostatistics. Joshua Lukemire is a 4th-year BS student from Warner Robbins, GA. After two years at Macon State University, Joshua transferred to UGA, where he became a dual-degree Psychology/Statistics major. He was a participant in the Summer 2014 CURO program, working with Prof. Larry Sweet of Psychology on techniques to remove fMRI variability in older adults with cardiovascular disease, and presented his results recently in CURO’s Spring 2015 Conference. Upon graduation this Spring, Josh plans to enter the Ph.D. program in Biostatistics at Emory University beginning this Fall, with particular emphasis on fMRI research.


Congratulations to these impressive students!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Congratulations to four of our undergraduates students for being elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. As the world's oldest and most widely known academic honor society, it is truly an honor for our students, Cody Baetz, Zhuoxi Li, Joshua Lukemire, and Joseph Powell, to be elected into such a prestigious society. This past fall, the honor society celebrated its 100th year on UGA's campus. Phi Beta Kappa is one of several honor fraternities at the University, extending recognition to students on the basis of  scholarship, character and high academic standing. Congratulations to our students for joining this distinguished group! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Several of our undergraduate Statistics majors participated in the 2015 CURO Symposium held at the Classic Center in Athens on March 30 and 31, 2015.
Samantha Cao and Andrew Kane made a poster presentation of their research supervised by Dr. Abhyuday Mandal, and Zachary Stokes made a poster presentation of his research supervised by Drs. Abhyuday Mandal and T. N. Sriram. We were glad to see President Jere Morehead stop by to learn about their work. Congratulations, Stat Majors!


Picture (from left to right) Joshua Lukemire, Samantha Cao, President Jere W. Morehead, Zachary Stokes, Dr. Abhyuday Mandal, Dr. T. N. Sriram

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Third-year statistics major, Theresa Devasia's collaborated UGA's College of Public Health's Andreas Handel to research norovirus infections, sometimes know as the stomach flu. Working on this study, Devasia and Handel studied a large set of outbreaks of norovirus infections. They went through past research in order to collect their data, searching for norovirus outbreaks and obtaining details about the patients, the setting, means of transmission and other relevant values. Devasia and Handel's study was recently published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection and the article itself can be found at: 


To view the article in the March 30th Column's Issue, follow the link below:


The article can also be found at: