Congratulations 2017 Spring Award Winners!

April,  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

 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.
  1. 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.


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


Purdue Exam Award Winners

Students who passed one or more SOA exams.

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