Statistics Students Participate in SAMSI Undergraduate Workshop

Between May 14 and 19, two students in UGA’s statistics program were among the 30 attendees at the annual undergraduate workshop hosted by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). Shuchi Goyal and Rachel Zilinskas are both in their final year of undergraduate study at UGA and applied for the workshop, which was held at North Carolina State University, upon the recommendation of Dr. Abhyuday Mandal.

Dr. Lazar Named President-Elect of Caucus for Women in Statistics!

Nicole Lazar.jpgProfessor Nicole Lazar has been named President-Elect of the Caucus for Women in Statistics effective January 1 2018. She will serve as President of the Caucus in 2019.  The Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS) fosters opportunities for the education, employment and advancement of women in statistics. It also promotes the increased participation of women in professional meetings and on governing boards and committees of statistical societies.

Undergraduate Spotlight: Sarah Beth Robinson

Sarah Beth Robinson.jpgSarah Beth Robinson is an amazing undergraduate student in the University of Georgia's Department of Statistics. She just graduated in Spring 2017 and already has some big plans for the future. Sarah was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on April 14th. She also will be working at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, TN this summer as a research intern in the Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Computing Group within the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division.

Xin Xing Featured in UGA Spotlight


Xin Xing, a doctoral student in the Department of Statistics, uses advanced DNA sequencing technology to develop high-performance computation algorithms on the human microbiome – the collection of the many diverse types of micro-organisms that occupy almost every part of the human body.

Xing is especially interested in gut microbiome related to type-2 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease.

Statistical Excellence

The first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Georgia, Stacy Cobb has turned a passion for public health into a career as a biostatistician.

Along the way, Cobb has discovered an expansive capacity for learning, the importance of role models and the crucial role that confidence plays in the formula for academic success.

She returns to the UGA campus Friday for Commencement ceremonies to receive the doctorate she earned in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ping Ma Selected as 2017 Fellow of American Statistical Association!

Professor Ping Ma has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Nation's preeminent professional society. Dr. Ma was honored for outstanding contributions to statistical methodology; especially in nonparametric modeling; statistical analysis of massive data sets; bioinformatics; geophysics; for extensive collaborative efforts; and for significant contributions to the profession. He will be honored as ASA Fellow at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, August, 1, 2017 at Baltimore Convention Center during the Joint Statistical Meeting award ceremony.

2017 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

Each year the Center for Teaching and Learning administers the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. These awards are given to the best student teachers who show remarkable instruction and passion for teaching and learning. This year the Department of Statistics had four of our students recognized. 

Please join me in congratulating Adel Bedoui, Richard Ross, Rui Xie, and Jingyi Zhang on their amazing accomplishment! We are so proud to have them as part of our department. 

Zachary Stokes Received Honorable Mention

One of UGA's former Statistics majors, Mr. Zachary Stokes, is a graduate student of UCLA Statistics Department and pursuing his PhD research under the supervision of Dr. Hongquan Xu. He submitted a proposal to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program ( extending his undergraduate research conducted at UGA with Dr. Abhyuday Mandal. He received an honorable mention and very positive feedback on his research. Congratulations, Zack!