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Congratulations Spring 2004 Student Award Recipients




I.W. Burr Award

Dachuang Cao and Zhen Jiang

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

Sylvie Mrug

V.L. Anderson Scholarship Award

Bo Li

Outstanding Teaching by a Teaching Assistant

Scott Diehl


Craig Johnson and John Stevens

Purdue Graduate Dissertation Fellowship

Olga Vitek


I.W. Burr Award - Co-Winners: Dachuang Cao and Zhen Jiang

This award was established in 1974 upon the retirement of the late Professor Irving W. 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) Excellence in teaching or consulting while they are at Purdue.

Dachuang Cao receives her I.W. Burr Award

Dachuang was born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. She received her B.S. in Mathematics in 1996 from Central China Normal University; M.S. in Mathematical Statistics in 1999 from Peking University; M.S. in Applied Statistics in 2001 at Purdue University and received her Ph.D. in Statistics, May 2004 from Purdue University. She entered PUrdue University in the Fall of 1999. Her areas of research are in Statistical Genetics and Bayesian Modeling. She enjoys watching movies, reading and sports (both playing and watching). Dachuang is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometrics Society (ENAR). Her major professors are Dr. Rebecca W. Doerge and Dr. Bruce A. Craig.


Zhen Jiang receives her I.W. Burr Award

Zhen was born in Tianjin, People's Republic of China. She received her B.S. in 1999 from the University of Science and Technology of China, majoring in Computer Science. In May 2002 Zhen received her M.S. from Purdue University in Mathematical Statistics. Her hobbies are badminton, swimming and reading. Zhen has been involved with the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She plans to recieve her Ph.D. in Statistics in August 2004 with her research area being in Applied Statistics. Her major professor is Dr. George McCabe.


L.J. Cote M.S. Excellence in Statistics Award - Winner: Sylvie Mrug

This award is in honor of Louis J. Cote who retired from the Department of Statistics in June of 1991 and was a compassionate mentor to graduate students.

Sylvie Mrug receives her L.J. Cote M.S. Excellence in Statistics Award

Sylvie was born in Bilina, Czech Republic. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 1998 at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Purdue, 2001. Sylvie entered into the Ph.D. program in Psychology at Purdue University in Fall 1999. She enjoys music and playing various instruments. She has been involved in the American Psychological Association. In Fall 2001 Sylvie joined the Department of Statistics, as a dual degree student and received her M.S. in Applied Statistics, May 2004. Dr. Rebecca Doerge is her major professor.


V. L. Anderson Scholarship Award - Winner: Bo Li

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 was an outstanding applied statistician and who retired from the Department of Statistics in December 1986 after nearly 36 years.

Bo Li receives her V.L. Anderson Scholarship Award

Bo was born in China. She received her Associate Degree from Chengdu University of Science and Technology in China, 1991; Master degree (MBA) from Sichuan University in China, 2001. Bo entered Purdue University in January 2002 where she is majoring in Actuarial Science. Her hobbies are playing tennis, singing, and hiking. She is a memeber of the Actuarial Club here at Purdue University. She expects to graduate in December 2004.


Outstanding Teaching by a Teaching Assistant - Winner: Scott Diehl

Teaching Assistants contribute substantially to the teaching mission of the Department of Statistics, and their classroom performance is important to the quality of our service to students. The faculty of the Department has therefore established and annual award to recognize service to the Department and to students through outstanding classroom teaching of Statistics by a Teaching Assistant.

The award is presented once a year. It may be awarded to any Statistics Department Teaching Assistant who has held classroom teaching responsibilities in a Statistics course during at least one of the two semesters that include and precede the semester in which the award is made. The award is intended to recognize excellent performance in specific classroom teaching assignment during this two-semester period. An individual may receive the award twice, but not more often.

Scott Diehl receives his Outstanding Teaching by a Teaching Assistant Award

Scott was born in Warren, Ohio. He received his B.S. in Mathematics in 2002 at Kent State University. He entered Purdue University in August 2002 and received his M.S. in Statistics, May 2004. His area of specialization is Computational Finance. Scott enjoys sports and getting away from school. He has been involved with PRMIA (Risk Management) and IAFE (Financial Engineering). Professor Frederi Viens is his major professor.


STATCOM Award - Co-Winners: Craig Johnson and John Stevens

STATCOM is a community outreach program provided to the greater Lafayette area by graduate students in the Department of Statistics at Purdue University. The program offers free of charge to non-profit community organizations the expertise of statistics graduate students in the areas of data collection, organization, and interpretation.

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 recipients of the service include organizations such as:

  • Schools

  • Some government agencies

  • Health Centers

The group was founded in 2002 by Nels Grevstad. STATCOM recieved a $1500 grant from the Student Grant Program for Community Service, administered through Purdue's Office of Engagement. Currently there are 25 graduate student consultants involved in the program.

Craig Johnson receives his STATCOM Award

Craig was born in Salt Lake City, UT. He received a B.A. in Mathematics at Utah State University in 1995; M.S. in Mathematics at the University of Utah; M.S. in Applied Statistics in 2003. He joined the Department in the Fall of 2001. His areas of research are in Measurement Error Models and Human Protein Requirements. Craig enjoys cycling, camping, hiking, and family history research. He belongs to the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Society for Quality. Craig was also a former member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. His Ph.D. degree date of graduation from Purdue will be August 2004 in Statistics and Dr. George McCabe is his major professor.


John Stevens receives his STATCOM Award

John was born in Logan, UT. He received his B.A. in Mathematics in 2000 at Utah State University and a M.S. in Mathematical Statistics in 2002 at Purdue University. He entered the Ph.D. Program in Fall 2000. His areas of research are in Statistical Genomics, Meta-Analysis and Bioinformatics. John enjoys spending time with his family, reading, music, gardening and playing Xbox. He belongs to the American Statistical Association and the Mathematical Association of America. He expects to receive his Ph.D. in May 2005 and Dr. Rebecca Doerge is his major professor.


Purdue Graduate Dissertation Fellowship - Winner: Olga Vitek

Olga Vitek

Olga Vitek is one of two recipients who were awarded a Purdue Graduate Dissertation Fellowship. This fellowship was established to provide support to outstanding Ph.D. Candidates in their final year of writing. It is expected that the doctoral degree will be awarded at the conclusion of the fellowship year. Doctoral candidates who have completed their coursework, passed their qualifying examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal are eligible to apply.

See past award winners.

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