Congratulations 2012-2013 Award Winners!

May,  2013

The Department of Statistics extends congratulations to the faculty and student award winners for the 2012-2013 academic year. The awards program was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2013 in the MATH Library. College of Science Dean Jeffrey Roberts presented the awards to the following faculty and students.

Undergraduate Student Awards

V.L. Anderson Scholarship Award

Virgil L. Anderson

This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who shows promise of contributing to statistics and its applications. The scholarship is in honor of Dr. Virgil Anderson who retired from the Department of Statistics in December 1986 after nearly 36 years. Professor Anderson was a leader in applied statistics on the Purdue campus and was the Director of the Statistics Laboratory, which was the forerunner of the Statistical Consulting Service. In great demand as a statistical consultant in industry, he authored widely used textbooks in experimental design. Other major themes in Dr. Anderson's work included statistical genetics and research on highways.

Winner: Stephen Mussman

Stephen Mussman - 2013 Anderson Award

Dean Roberts & Stephen Mussman

Baxter Award

Glen E. Baxter

The Glen E. Baxter Memorial Fund was established in 1983 by family and friends of Professor Baxter shortly after the premature death of this gifted teacher-scholar.

Annual proceeds from the fund are used to honor undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in mathematics. The recipients of the awards are selected by a committee of professors from the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Statistics.

Winner: Brent Woodhouse

Winner: Stephen Mussman

David S. Moore Undergraduate Scholarship Award

David S. Moore

The David S. Moore Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to incoming students planning to major in statistics. Applicants for the scholarship must meet the requirements and complete the general College of Science merit scholarship application.

The scholarship is named in honor the David S. Moore, Shanti S. Gupta Distinguished Professor Emeritus and internationally recognized figure in statistics education.

Mayfawny Bergmann - David S. Moore Scholarship 2013

Mayfawny Bergmann (winner)& David S. Moore

College of Science Outstanding Science Students

When making the selections for this award, the College of Science considered outstanding academic achievement, a strong academic program, and evidence of co-curricular involvement, such as undergraduate research, community service, and leadership.


  • Sean Kearney, Senior in Statistics
  • Austin Childs, Junior in Statistics
  • Jingkai Wang, Sophomore in Statistics
  • Wan Jiang, Freshman in Statistics
Trent SahlinXin Lu Tan
Trent Sahlin Xin Lu Tan
Nikita Datsenka Bingrou Zhou
Nikita Datsenka Bingrou Zhou
CNA Exam Award

The CNA Exam Award is given to undergraduate students who passed one or more Society of Actuaries exams in May 2009 and November 2009.

Winners: ??

Graduate Student Awards

I.W. Burr Award

Irving W. Burr

The late Irving W. Burr served on the Purdue faculty from 1941 until his retirement in 1974. He was a leading expert in quality control and industrial statistics. He was well-known for his text "Engineering Statistics and Quality Control" (McGraw-Hill, 1953) and he was active as a consultant to business and industry. Professor Burr's scholarly work centered on statistical process control and distribution theory. The Burr distributions are named for him. He was elected a fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Professor Burr was one of the faculty whose work and reputation helped transform Purdue from a regional college to a national research university.

This award was established in 1974 upon the retirement of Professor Burr, an eminent statistician who taught at Purdue for nearly 35 years. The criteria for this award are: (a) promise of contribution to the profession as evidenced by academic excellence in courses and exams, and by the quality of the thesis research, (b) and excellence in teaching or consulting as a graduate student at Purdue.

Winner: Sanvesh Srivastava

Sanvesh Srivastava - Burr Award 2013

Dean Roberts & Sanvesh Srivastava

L.J. Cote M.S. Excellence in Statistics Award

Louis J. Cote

The recipient of the L.J. Cote M.S. Excellence in Statistics Award will be completing an M.S. in Applied Statistics and possesses the following skills that are required of an applied statistician.

Technical skill, as evidenced by course performance, faculty evaluation, and performance on the final M.S. examination.

Skill in consulting and communication, as evidenced by excellence in supervised consulting or secondarily in teaching.

The award is in honor of Professor Louis J. Cote who retired from the Department of Statistics in June of 1991. He was an outstanding compassionate mentor to generations of graduate students.

Winner: Remy Spoentgen

Winner: Christian Gomes

Remy Spoentgen and Christian Gomes - 2013 Cote Award

Remy Spoentgen, Dean Roberts, & Christian Gomes

Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Statistics Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistants contribute substantially to the teaching mission of the Department of Statistics. Their classroom performance is important to the quality of service to students. Therefore, the Department of Statistics faculty annually recognizes a Statistics Teaching Assistant for teaching excellence in the classroom.

Winner: Christian Gomes

Mike Lawlor

Mike Lawlor

STATCOM Community Service Award

Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) at Purdue University is a community outreach program provided to the greater Lafayette area by graduate students in Purdue's Department of Statistics. The program offers the expertise of statistics graduate students in the areas of data collection, organization, and interpretation, free of charge to local governmental and non-profit community organizations. STATCOM was born out of a desire to enhance the existing partnership between Purdue University and the community at large, thereby impacting the quality of life in the area in a positive way.

Potential clients include organizations such as:

  • Schools
  • Local government agencies
  • Libraries
  • Arts groups

The group was founded in 2001 by graduate student, Nels Grevstad. STATCOM has received four grants from the Student Grant Program for Community Service, administered through Purdue's Office of Engagement. Most recently, STATCOM received a Strategic Initiatives Grant from the American Statistical Association to promote the development of student-led pro bono statistical consulting programs at other institutions. Currently there are over 50 graduate student members involved in the program at Purdue. Seven other universities (Cornell University, University of Washington, University of Michigan, Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Hasselt -- Campus Diepenbeek) have also started STATCOM programs, and several more programs are currently in development across the country.

This award is given to directors of STATCOM during the past year.

Winner: Faye Zhang

Juan Hu

Juan Hu

Department of Statistics Honoree at the Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching

The Purdue University Committee on the Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA), the Purdue Graduate School, and the Purdue Office of the Provost honor outstanding graduate teaching assistants at the annual Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching banquet.

Honoree: Zachary Hass

Faculty Awards

Department of Statistics Outstanding Assistant Professor Undergraduate Teaching Award

The Department of Statistics presents this award each year to a tenure-track assistant professor in honor of teaching accomplishments, including significant contributions to undergraduate education.

Winner: Lingsong Zhang

Olga Vitek

Olga Vitek

David S. Moore Service Teaching Award

The David S. Moore Service Teaching Award is to recognize and reward outstanding contributions to the quality of the Department of Statistics service courses. (Service courses for this are defined as those courses whose majority audience is not statistics or actuarial science students.)
The award is given no more often than every two years. (No one can receive it more than once.) The recipient receives a financial award in an account available for travel and equipment expenditures. Eligible faculty include continuing lecturers and tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Winner: Christa Sorola

To see past award winners, click here.

May 2013