Student Awards

KESHAV VEMURI
Ph.D. Candidate
The Department's annual Consulting Award was presented to Ph.D. candidate Keshav Vemuri on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 1:00 pm in Jones 111. Congratulations, Keshav!

YUXIN ZOU
Ph.D. Candidate
The Department's David Wallace Award for Applied Statistics is given yearly to graduate students working on applications of statistics in scientific domains. The award includes a supplement to the student's summer support. This year, the award was given to Yuxin Zou for her research on genetic fine mapping and on multivariate association analysis with no natural baseline. This award was established thanks to a generous donation by Statistics alumnus David Frohardt-Lane (MS, 2000).

PETR PANOV
Ph.D. Candidate
Statistics PhD Petr Panov has been awarded the prestigious Harper Dissertation Fellowship for 2019-20. The University-wide competition awards financial support toward the completion of the candidate's dissertation. Congratulations, Petr!

HAOYANG LIU
Ph.D. Candidate
PhD student Haoyang Liu has received a Physical Sciences Endowed Fellowship award for his work within our doctoral program. Congratulations, Haoyang!

WANRONG ZHU
Ph.D. Candidate
PhD student Wanrong Zhu is the recipient of the Elaine K. Bernstein Women in Science Award. The award provides additional assistance for student research and travel. Congratulations, Wanrong!

ENAKSHI SAHA
Ph.D. Candidate
The Department's annual Consulting Award was presented to Ph.D. candidate Enakshi Saha on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 1:00 pm in Jones 304. Congratulations, Enakshi!

CHRISTOPHER MCKENNAN
Ph.D. Candidate
Statistics PhD Christopher McKennan has been awarded the prestigious Harper Dissertation Fellowship for 2018-19. The University-wide competition awards financial support toward the completion of the candidate's dissertation.

LEI SUN
Ph.D. Candidate
AND TAE KIM
Ph.D. Candidate
The Department's David Wallace Award for Applied Statistics is given yearly to graduate students working on applications of statistics in scientific domains. The award includes a supplement to the student's summer support. This year, the award was given to Lei Sun for his work in genomics and for his research at the intersection of arts, culture and science, and to Tae Kim for her research on copy number variation and on local ancestry impact on patterns of gene expression. This award was established thanks to a generous donation by Statistics alumnus David Frohardt-Lane (MS, 2000).

KUSHAL DEY
Ph.D. 2018
AND LEI SUN
Ph.D. Candidate
Congratulations to PhD students Kushal Dey and Lei Sun who, along with Lauren M. Jackson (PhD candidate in English), have been selected to receive a Graduate Collaboration Grant for their project "Social Movement and Media Narrative: Statistical and Machine Learning Analysis of Socio-political News Coverage."  Faculty advisors on this project are Profs. Michael Dawson (Political Science) and Peter McCullagh (Statistics).  This grant is part of the Arts, Science + Culture Initiative.

XIANG ZHU
Ph.D. 2017
Xiang Zhu's work on enrichment analysis of genome-wide association summary statistics has won an ASA student paper award. Xiang is advised by Prof. Matthew Stephens and will present this paper at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meeting in Baltimore. This work is supported by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. The manuscript is available at https://doi.org/10.1101/160770.

LEI SUN
Ph.D. Candidate
The Department's annual Consulting Award was presented to Ph.D. candidate Lei Sun on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 1:00 pm in Jones 111. Congratulations, Lei!

VIVAK PATEL
Ph.D. 2018
Harper Dissertation Fellowship for 2017-2018

CHRIS MCKENNAN
Ph.D. Candidate
AND WANTING XU
Ph.D. Candidate
The David Wallace Award for Applied Statistics is given annually to two graduate students working on applications of statistics in scientific domains. This year's award was given to Christopher McKennan for his work on analysis of asthma genetics and genomics datasets and to Wanting Xu for her work on statistical analysis of high-frequency voltage measurements from an electrical circuit exhibiting chaotic behavior. This award was established thanks to a generous donation by Statistics alumnus, David Frohardt-Lane (MS, 2000).

YUEFENG HAN
Ph.D. Candidate
The Department's annual Consulting Award was presented to Ph.D. candidate Yuefeng Han on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 11:30 am in Jones 111. Congratulations, Yuefeng!

MARC GOESSLING
Ph.D. 2016
AND KUSHAL DEY
Ph.D. 2018
The David Wallace Award for Applied Statistics is given annually to two graduate students working on applications of statistics in scientific domains. Congratulations to Marc Goessling and Kushal Dey as this year's awardees for their work in image analysis and statistical genetics, respectively. This award was established thanks to a generous donation by Statistics alumnus, David Frohardt-Lane (MS, 2000).

ANDREW POPPICK
Ph.D. 2016
Andy Poppick's work on evolving climate variability has won an ASA student paper award. Andy is co-advised by Profs. Michael Stein (Statistics) and Liz Moyer (Geophysical Sciences) and will present his paper at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meeting in Chicago; a preprint is available here. Andy's research is supported by U. Chicago's Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) and by STATMOS, the Research Network for Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

YUANCHENG ZHU
Ph.D. 2016
We are pleased to congratulate Yuancheng Zhu for being awarded the prestigious Harper Dissertation Fellowship for 2015–16. The Fellowship provides top students with additional support while they are finishing their dissertations.

ANG LI
Ph.D. 2017
The Department's annual Consulting Project Award was given to Ph.D. candidate Ang Li on Monday, June 6, 2015, at 12:50 pm in E110. Congratulations, Ang!

ANDREW POPPICK
Ph.D. 2016
AND XIANG ZHU
Ph.D. 2017
The Department is happy to announce the newly established David Wallace Award for Applied Statistics, thanks to a generous donation by Statistics alumnus David Frohardt-Lane (MS, 2000). This annual award will be given to two graduate students working on applications of statistics in scientific domains. Congratulations to Andrew Poppick and Xiang Zhu as the first awardees for their work in statistical climate models and statistical genetics, respectively.

NELSON AUNER
M.S. 2014
Congratulations to MS graduate Nelson Auner for being one of the winners of the first annual UChicago Data Visualization Challenge. His submission of "Making Indonesia" garnered a $500 Amazon gift certificate in recognition of his work.

SUBHAJIT GOSWAMI
Ph.D. 2017
The Department's annual Consulting Project Award was given to Ph.D. candidate Subhajit Goswami on Monday, June 2, 2014, at 1:00 pm in E110. Congratulations, Subhajit!

DINAH SHENDER
Ph.D. 2015
Congratulations to Dinah Shender for being awarded a 2013–14 Plotnick Fellowship in recognition of academic excellence and success in the Statistics PhD program. Board of Trustee Harvey Plotnick sponsors this fellowship program for the Physical Sciences Division to encourage and recognize the Division's leading 4th-year doctoral students.

SOMAK DUTTA
Ph.D. 2015
The Department's annual Consulting Award was given to Ph.D Somak Dutta on Friday, June 7, at 12:45 pm in E110. Congratulations, Somak!

STEFANO CASTRUCCIO
Ph.D. 2013
Received first-place recognition in the ASA-sponsored 2012 Environmental Statistics Student Paper Competition for the paper "Global Space-Time Models for Climate Ensembles," co-authored with Prof. Mike Stein.

MATTHEW REIMHERR
Ph.D. 2013
We are pleased to congratulate Matt Reimherr for being awarded the prestigious Harper Dissertation Fellowship for 2012–13. The Fellowship provides top students with additional support while they are finishing their dissertations.

MICHAEL HORRELL
Ph.D. 2015
The Department's annual Consulting Project Award was given to Ph.D. Michael Horrell on Friday, June 1, at 12:45 pm in E110.

HARRY CRANE
Ph.D. 2012
and
RINA FOYGEL
Ph.D. 2012
Harry Crane and Rina Foygel are joint winners of the Department's annual Consulting Project Award. Congratulations!

RINA FOYGEL
Ph.D. 2012
We are pleased to congratulate Rina Foygel for being awarded the prestigious Harper Dissertation Fellowship for 2011–12. The Fellowship provides top students with additional support while they are finishing their dissertations.

XIAOHUI CHANG
Ph.D. 2012
and
MYOUNGJI LEE
Ph.D. 2012
We have two Consulting Project Award Winners for 2010, and they are Myoungji Lee and Xiaohui Chang. Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work.

MATTHEW REIMHERR
Ph.D. 2013
Winner of the the "best paper" award for 2010 with co-authors Lajos Horvath and Piotr Kokoszka, from the Statistical Society of Canada for their paper entitled, "Two sample inference in functional linear models," published in the Canadian Journal of Statistics, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2009, pp. 571–591.