I. W. Burr Fund

The I. W. Burr Award funds are used for expenses and honorarium for a statistics Ph.D. student who has completed or will complete the statistics Ph.D. and who shows promise of contribution to the profession of statistics as evidenced by academic excellence in courses and exams, excellence in teaching or consulting as a statistics graduate student at Purdue University, and by the quality of the dissertation research.

This award for doctoral students in Statistics was established in 1974 upon the retirement of Professor Irving W. Burr, an eminent statistician who taught at Purdue for nearly 35 years. The late Professor Burr served on the Purdue faculty from 1941 until 1974. He was a leading expert in quality control and industrial statistics. His text, Engineering Statistics and Quality Control (McGraw-Hill, 1953) was well-known, and he was active as a consultant to business and industry. Professor Burr’s scholarly work centered on statistical process control and distribution theory, and the Burr distributions are named for him. He was a fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Professor Burr was a member of the faculty whose work and reputation helped transform Purdue from a regional college to a national research university.

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