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Congratulations 2009-2010 Award Winners!


The Department of Statistics extends congratulations to the faculty and student award winners for the 2009-2010 academic year. The awards program was held on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 in the MATH Library lounge. The Department of Statistics was pleased to have special guests in attendance including Lou Cote and David Moore, who have a scholarship and award named in their honor, and Dean Jeff Roberts, who presented the awards. Below are the awards for which faculty and students were recognized during the awards program.

Undergraduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Awards

Faculty Awards

Alumni Awards

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: Eric Krafcheck

Vigil Anderson Award - Eric Krafcheck

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: Daniel Stratman

Winner: Kristen Ziegler

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.

Winner: Angela Hancock

Angela Hancock

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.


  • Trent Sahlin, Senior in Statistics
  • Elizabeth Moss, Senior in Actuarial Science
  • Xin Lu Tan, Junior in Statistics
  • Yanyan Ma, Junior in Actuarial Science
  • Nikita Datsenka, Sophomore in Statistics
  • Kelli Chupp, Sophomore in Actuarial Science
  • Bingrou Zhou, Freshman in Statistics
  • Lifan Wu, Freshman in Actuarial Science
Trent Sahlin Elizabeth Moss

Trent Sahlin and Elizabeth Moss

Xin Lu Tan Yanyan Ma

Xin Lu Tan and Yanyan Ma

Nikita Datsenka Kelli Chupp

Nikita Datsenka and Kelli Chupp

Bingrou Zhou Lifan Wu

Bingrou Zhou and Lifan Wu

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.


  • Abdul Rahim Ab Ghani
  • Jennifer Aschenbrenner
  • Ben Berning
  • Weiwei Cao
  • Vaidehi Chhatrapati
  • Parker Crosby
  • Jeremy Cunningham
  • Sally Diesslin
  • Darren Doehrmann
  • Andrea Ferris
  • Erin Fogarty
  • Uuriintsolmon Ganbold
  • Grant Goedde
  • Erin Hennessey
  • Siliang Hu
  • Lingbo Huang
  • Qixuan Jiang
  • Eric Krafcheck
  • David Lennen
  • Chengyin Li
  • Yanyan Ma
  • Ben McCartney
  • Michael McQueen
  • Alex Morton
  • Elizabeth Moss
  • Anthony Nieten
  • Andrew Norris
  • Sarah Ryan
  • Trent Sahlin
  • Taylor Scarborough
  • Aaron Schaffer
  • Julie Snuffer
  • Deborah Sutton
  • Evonne Foo Hoon Tan
  • Sze-ie Tan
  • Xin Lu Tan
  • Richard Teach
  • Robert Urbanowicz
  • Jiayin Wang
  • Shu Wang
  • Booi Yee Wong
  • Aidong Wong
  • Kicho Yu
  • Songchen Zhang

Dan Rubin Award

This award is given to an undergraduate student who shows promise of contributing to actuarial profession. It is donated by Dan Rubin, FSA, who is a life insurance actuary at Nationwide Insurance and a Purdue Alum. Dan Rubin was one of the founding members of the Purdue Actuary Club.

Winners: Andrea Ferris and Grant Goede

Andrea Ferris

Andrea Ferris

Swiss-Re Award

Swiss Re is a leader in the reinsurance market, helping insurance and non-insurance clients to manage capital and risk. Swiss Re Life & Health North America is a subsidiary of Swiss Re, a global company based in Zurich, Switzerland. The award is chosen by the Actuarial Science Program faculty with input from representatives of Swiss Re.


  • Ben Berning
  • Sarah Ryan
  • Kristin Shaffer
Sarah Ryan Kristin Shaffer

Sarah Ryan and Kristin Shaffer

AEGON Scholarship

AEGON Institutional Markets, a Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.-based unit of the AEGON Group, is a leading provider of savings and investment products to institutional clients in the retirement and asset-accumulation markets. The award is chosen by the Actuarial Science Program faculty with input from representatives of AEGON.

Winner: Eric Krafcheck

Eric Krafcheck

Eric Krafcheck

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: Ryan Martin

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 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: David Young

David Young

David Young

Award for Outstanding Teaching by a 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: Mike Lawlor

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.

Co-Winners: Juan Hu and Mike Lawlor

Juan Hu Mike Lawlor

Juan Hu and Mike Lawlor

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: Doug Baumann

Teaching and Learning Technologies Distance Education Incentive Award

Winners: Tilman Achberger and Doug Baumann

Tilman Achberger and Doug Baumann

Tilman Achberger and Doug Baumann

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: Olga Vitek

Olga Vitek

Olga Vitek

College of Science Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor

Winner: Mark Daniel Ward

Mark Daniel Ward

Mark Daniel Ward

Award for Excellence in Distance Learning

Winner: Ellen Gundlach

Ellen Gundlach

Ellen Gundlach

Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor

Winner: Rebecca Doerge

Rebecca Doerge

Rebecca Doerge

Alumni Awards

Actuarial Science Alumni Award

Winner: Tian Li

Tian Li

Tian Li

To see past award winners, click here.

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