ASA Honors Jennifer Kaplan with the Jackie Dietz Best Journal of Statistics Education Paper Award

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Jackie Dietz Best Journal of Statistics Education Paper Award, established in 2011, is given annually to the best paper in the Journal of Statistics Education in the previous year. It is named in honor of Jackie Dietz, the founding editor of the journal. We are extremely proud of Jennifer J. Kaplan for receiving this honor. She was recognized for her collaborative work with John Gabrosek, Phyllis Curtiss, and Christopher J. Malone titled  “Investigating Student Understanding of Histograms,” published in the Journal of Statistics Education (Volume 22, Number 2, 2014). ASA deemed the paper "fundamental to statistics education." Click here to read more. 

Student Groups Place in Top Three in SAS Analytics Shootout

Monday, July 27, 2015

For the second year in a row, student groups from the Department of Statistics have placed in the top three in the SAS Analytics Shootout.  This year, two groups entered and both placed!  As noted by the competition organizers: "This year’s selection of winners was very difficult due to the large number of outstanding submissions." We are proud of our two teams and wish them both the best of luck.  The final results will be announced during the Analytics 2015 Conference to be held in Las Vegas in October 2015.

The student teams and their faculty advisors are:

Team A: Wenbo Wu (Captain), Lina Liao, Fei Liu; Advisor: TN Sriram

Team B: Hao Tong (Captain), Anzhi Li, Richard Ross, Yan Wang, Guohui Zhao; Advisor: Jaxk Reeves

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM UPDATE

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! 

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