Monday, July 20, 2015

Christine Franklin | Undergraduate Coordinator

Since the last newsletter where we listed our graduates from 2013, we proudly graduated the following students with a BS degree in statistics: spring 2014 – Obiamaka Achukwu, Matthew Alexander, Dean Baraso, Audrey Brasuell, Doretha Canion, Reina Chau, Mary Martha Clark, Tyna Dao, Christopher Helms, Lewis Jones, Nathain Karner, Pia Kolmers, Hyejin Park, Melissa Pitt, and Benjamin Washington; summer 2014 – Joe Fang. Matt, Chris, Lewis, and Ben are now all enrolled in our graduate program. Lewis is part of a collaborative program with State Farm Insurance.

Our students continue to be inducted into honor societies such as the National Statistical Honor Society Mu Sigma Rho, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa. Some students have continued with graduate school and others have joined the work force using the skill-set they gained as statistics majors. Our students are sought out as future employees in this data-centric world.  Congratulations to all our graduates! If you haven’t already, browse our undergraduate website. Here is the link: http://www.stat.uga.edu/undergraduate-students

Our undergraduate program continues to thrive, with UGA students recognizing the importance of a background in statistics – this is seen in the increasing number of both majors (approximately 120 students) and minors (approximately 100). We continue to find ways to improve our undergraduate program, which for the first time in the history of the department, is larger than our graduate program.


This past year, a committee worked diligently to examine the desired program goals and learning outcomes for both our undergraduate and graduate students. This committee discussed whether our current courses are meeting the goals and learning outcomes, as well as how to assess these learning outcomes.  Our year-long Capstone course (STAT 5010-5020) continues to provide our undergraduates the opportunity to apply the knowledge they've gained to real-life research problems. This current academic year we have our largest class ever with 32 students. In May 2014, we awarded the second Kermit Hutcheson Best Capstone Student Award to Nathain Karner. Congratulations to Nathain!
We continue to have several students taking advantage of internship opportunities. We welcome any leads on summer and academic year internship possibilities for our students.


Sriram & Iaci Awarded Abraham Wald Prize in Sequential Analysis

Monday, June 29, 2015

It may be summer in Athens, but our Statistics faculty and students are still hard at work! Congratulations to Professor T.N. Sriram and our former Ph.D. student Ross Iaci on being awarded the 2015 Abraham Wald Prize in Sequential Analysis. Sriram and Iaci's paper "Sequential Estimation for Time Series Models" was unanimously voted the best published paper among all papers published in the preimer international journal Sequential Analysis in 2014. Editor-in Chief, Nitis Mukhopadhyay, professed the paper as "a superb contribution that synthesized a whole class of problems in the light of time series data modeling and analyses." After being reviewed by an international selection committee, the joint paper was singled out to receive the Abraham Wald Prize in Sequential Analysis, which is undoubtedly one of the top awards in the field. Previous honorees of this award have been selected from top universities all over the globe, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Sriram and Ross Iaci's names added to that list. Congratulations, and go Dawgs!

Mandal Receives Outstanding Academic Advisor Award

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Congratulations to Abhyuday Mandal for receiving the 2015 Faculty division Outstanding Academic Advisor Award in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He was presented with this honor for his advising skills, deep concern for his students, and going well beyond the norm to assist his advisees in having a meaningful academis experience at the University of Georgia. Best wishes to Dr. Mandal in his future advising! 

Mu Sigma Rho Induction 2015

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

Congratulations to Theresa Devasia and Joshua Lukemire!

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!