Congratulations 2017 Spring Award Winners!

05-16-2017

The Department of Statistics extends congratulations to the faculty, staff, and student award winners for the 2016-2017 academic year. The awards program was held on April 19, 2017 in the Lawson Commons. College of Science Interim Dean Craig Svensson and Statistics Department Head Hao Zhang presented the following awards to selected faculty, staff, and students. 

Undergraduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Awards

Faculty and Staff Awards

Undergraduate Student Awards

AEGON Scholarship Award

The Aegon Scholarship Award is funded by Aegon Insurance. It is awarded to a student based on outstanding academic performance in actuarial science, success in the SOA and CAS actuarial exams as well as involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Winner: Lisa Pitman

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 Professor 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.

Winners: Emily Damone and Alan Min

 

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.

Winners: Andrew Krenz and Joshua Leeman

 

Bill and Marilyn Chen Science Scholarship

The Bill and Marilyn Chen Science Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding academic performance in the classroom, actuarial exams, and commitment to the profession.

Winner: Pratyush Jain

Chen Science Scholarship

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Mathematics Head Gregery Buzzard, Pratyush Jain, Interim Dean Craig Svensson, Jeffrey Beckley

 

College of Science Merit Scholarships

The College of Science Merit Scholarships are awards to students who demonstrate outstanding performance in the classroom, on the actuarial exams, and commitment to the profession.

Winners: Elizabeth Bell and Lucy Hilarides

College of Science Merit Scholarship

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Elizabeth Bell, Lucy Hilarides, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, established by Congress, honors Senator Barry M. Goldwater's military and government service. The Foundation aims to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers via scholarships to college students intending to pursue careers in these fields.

Winner: Alan Min

 

Lafayette Life Foundation Scholarship

The Lafayette Life Foundation Scholarship is an endowed scholarship funded by the Lafayette Life Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to three outstanding students who have the potential to make a substantial contribution to the profession.

Winners: Delaney McMurtrie, Liam Plunkitt, and Dylan Shake

Lafayette Life Scholarship

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Jeffrey Beckley, Delaney McMurtrie, Liam Plunkitt, Mathematics Head Gregery Buzzard, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

Milliman Award - Actuarial Science

The Milliman Awards are sponsored by the Indianapolis office of Milliman. The award is given to one junior, two sophomores, and two freshmen. The recipients are selected based on outstanding potential in the field of actuarial science. The qualities considered are academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and people skills.

Winners: Alan Kaeb, Madison Prechtel, Denis Ribordy, Sam Wiersma, and Molly Yee.

Milliman award

Alan Kaeb, Jeffrey Beckley, Madison Prechtel, Molly Yee, Mathematics Head Gregery Buzzard

 

David S. Moore Undergraduate Scholarship Award

David S. Moore

The David S. Moore Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded annually to incoming students planning to major in statistics.

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

Winners: Margaret (Maggie) Christy, Madison Trout, Michael Vanover

Margaret Christy - David S. Moore Scholarship 2017

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Maggie Christy, and Interim CoS Dean Craig Svensson

Madison Trout - David S. Moore Scholarship 2017

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Maggie Christy, and Interim CoS Dean Craig Svensson

 

Northwestern Mutual Actuarial Science Service Award

The Northwestern Mutual Actuarial Science Service Award is funded by Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company. The award recognizes students who have provided outstanding service to Purdue and surrounding communities while maintaining academic excellence.

Winner: Sandra Hansen

Northwestern Mutual

Jeffrey Beckley, Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Sandra Hansen, Mathematics Head Gregery Buzzard, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

College of Science Outstanding Students in Statistics and Actuarial Science

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.

Winners (Statistics):

  • Kristof Glauninger, Senior in Statistics
  • Emily Damone, Junior in Statistics
  • Jack Good, Sophomore in Statistics
  • Luke Francisco, Freshman in Statistics
Winners (Actuarial Science):
  • James Herman, Senior in Actuarial Science
  • Zhenghao Ye, Junior in Actuarial Science
  • Wee Peng Tan, Sophomore in Actuarial Science
  • Madison Trout, Freshman in Actuarial Science

Outstanding Sophomore Jack Good  

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Jack Good, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

Outstanding Actuarial Students

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Continuing Lecturer Jeff Beckley, Zhenghao Ye, Madison Trout, Wee Peng Tan, James Herman, Mathematics Head Gregery Buzzard, College of Science Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

G. A. Ross Award

This award goes to a graduating senior man with high standards of academic achievement, outstanding leadership, strength of character and contribution to Purdue. His name will be inscribed on the award marker at Purdue Mall.

Winner: Peter Boyd

 

Senior Merit Award in Actuarial Science

The Senior Merit Award in Actuarial Science is awarded to selected seniors who demonstrate outstanding academic performance in actuarial science during their time at Purdue. This recognizes outstanding performance in the classroom, on the actuarial exams, and in undergraduate research.

Winners: Jackson Hunt and Sarah LaFrancois

Senior Merit Award

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Jackson Hunt, Jeffrey Beckley, Sarah LaFrancois, Mathematics Head Gregery Buzzard, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

Swiss Re Award - Actuarial Science

The Swiss Re Awards are sponsored by Swiss Re in Fort Wayne. The award is given to one junior, two sophomores, and two freshmen. The recipients are selected based on outstanding potential in the field of actuarial science. The qualities considered are academic excellence, extra-curricular involvement, and people skills.

Winners: Avleen Badwal, Jaden Cornell, Cade Johnson, Mark Palij, and Brian Rice

Swiss Re

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Jeffrey Beckley, Brian Rice, Mark Palij, Jaden Cornell, Cade Johnson, Mathematics Head Gregery Buzzard, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive federal scholarship granted to U.S. college juniors for demostrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service.

Winner: Mikaela Meyer

 

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.

Winners: Piyas Chakraborty and Simeng Qu

 

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.

  1. Technical skill, as evidenced by course performance, faculty evaluation, and performance on the final M.S. examination.
  2. Skill in consulting and communication, as evidenced by excellence in supervised consulting or secondarily in teaching.

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

Winner: Cody Bouse

L.J. Cote Award Winner Cody Bouse 

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Cody Bouse, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

Outstanding Teaching by a Statistics Teaching Assistant Award

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: Timothy Reese

Outstanding Stat TA Timothy Reese

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Tim Reese, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

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. 

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

Winners: Eric Gerber and Putu Ayu Sudyanti

StatCom Award

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Eric Gerber, Putu Ayu Sudyanti, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

Faculty and Staff Awards

Regina and Norman F. Carroll (Col. USAF) Research Award

This award is funded in honor of Regina and Norman F. Carroll, parents of Purdue Statistics alumnus Professor Raymond J. Carroll. This research award is used to recognize faculty members whose research represents distinctive contributions to statistical science.

Winners: Vinayak Rao and Arman Sabbaghi

Carroll Research Award

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Assistant Professor Arman Sabbaghi, Assistant Professor Vinayak Rao, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

Norma Lucas Administrative Professional Excellence Award

This award was established in 2009 upon the retirement of Norma Lucas to honor her high level of service to the Department of Statistics for 39 years and is given to staff members to recognize exceptional service, dedication and/or loyalty to the department.

Winner: Jesse Wallenfang

Lucas Excellence Award

Statistics Head Hao Zhang, Norma Lucas, Jesse Wallenfang, Interim Dean Craig Svensson

 

Mu Sigma Rho Initiation - Undergraduate Students

Mu Sigma Rho, the statistics national honor society, promotes and encourages scholarly activity in statistics. It also recognizes the outstanding achievement among the students and instructional staff in eligible academic institutions.

  • Benjamin Bevins
  • Yuanzheng Cao
  • Xinyuan Chen
  • Yuting Chen
  • Lingjun Chen
  • Xiyao Chen
  • Qian Cheng
  • Katherine Combs
  • Benjamin Coomer
  • Michael Dalrymple
  • Christian D'Ambrosio
  • Emily Damone
  • Leann Demorest
  • Madison Denning
  • Kyle Dilcher
  • Matthew Dombroski
  • Kaitlyn Dowden
  • Xiaotong Fu
  • Patrick Gallagher
  • Nathaniel Gensel
  • Linsu Han
  • James Herman
  • Francis Jagiella
  • Ziqi Jia
  • Simon Jones
  • Teresa Kennelly
  • Grant Kinney
  • Sarah LaFrancois
  • Seung Ki Lee
  • Zeming Liu
  • Huiting Liu
  • Prateek Malik
  • Alexander Marcellus
  • Kanishka Misra
  • Kristen Mori
  • Kevin O'Connor
  • Bailey O'Malley
  • Lingyou Pang
  • Lisa Pitman
  • Brian Rice
  • Arash Sabet-Payman
  • Austin Scheetz
  • Yikai Shi
  • Ryan Snyder
  • Youxin Tan
  • John Toweson
  • Jack Vanschaik
  • Sheng Wang
  • Xiongfeng Wang
  • Sixuan Wu
  • Eder Xhako
  • Peilun Yan
  • Yichu Yan
  • Zhenghao Ye
  • Kaili Yu
  • Zhuochiwen Yu
  • Tracy Zawrazky

 

Purdue Exam Award Winners

Students who passed one or more SOA exams.

  • Daiana Anguelova
  • Avleen Badwal
  • Daniel Bloom
  • Brandon Burnell
  • Sijie Cai
  • Jia Xuan "Jaslyn" Chan
  • Xinyuan Chen
  • Yujie Chen
  • Yuting Chen
  • Payton Clark
  • Ben Coomer
  • Dongyu Dai
  • Michael Dalrymple
  • Kyle Dilcher
  • Matthew Dombrowski
  • Ian Eastland
  • Xiaotong Fu
  • Henry Heck
  • James Herman
  • Lucy Hilarides
  • Pratyush Jain
  • Simon Jones
  • Jessica Kahms
  • Talha Khan
  • Grant Kinney
  • Cameron Kinnick
  • John Koenig
  • Sarah LaFrancois
  • Alec Leiter
  • Ryan Lewis
  • Xin Li
  • Ross Marano
  • Davis Marasligiller
  • Sean Mason
  • Hannah McClintock
  • Andrew McGowan
  • Delaney McMurtrie
  • Anirudha Mondal
  • Chad Morris
  • Courtney Pileggi
  • Lisa Pitman
  • Liam Plunkitt
  • Madison Prechtel
  • Denis Ribordy
  • Brian Rice
  • James Riley
  • Zixin Ruan
  • Sanchita Sanganeria
  • Isaiah Schmit
  • Dakota Selburg
  • Dylan Shake
  • Adam Simpson
  • Benjamin Sowinski
  • Katherine Steussy-Williams
  • Wee Peng "Jovi" Tan
  • John Toweson
  • Hantao Wang
  • Xiongfeng Wang
  • Kelly Williams
  • Mingliao Xu
  • Peilun Yan
  • Yichu Yan
  • Tianyi Yang
  • Lefei Zhang
  • Yanyan "Cora" Zhang
  • Mengzhi Zhou

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