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PhD students Wenjie Wang, Yeongjin Gwon win IBM Best Paper Awards at NESS

Congratulations to PhD students Wenjie Wang and Yeongjin Gwon, each of whom received the IBM Best Paper Award at NESS.

PhD student Yang Liu wins ACTNext Travel Award

We congratulate Yang Liu, who has won an ACTNext Travel Award to attend the 2017 International Meeting of the Psychometric Society in Zurich, Switzerland. He will present his paper titled “Bayesian Nonparametric Monotone Regression of Dynamic Latent Traits in Item Response Models”, jointly written with Professor Xiaojing Wang.

– Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa

We’re pleased to announce that the following students in Statistics have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most widely recognized honors society, celebrating achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.

  • Francisco Tomas Cifuentes Villarroel
  • Sarah Cynthia Crothers
  • Jessica Hope Lerner
  • Samuel Schick
  • Emily Elizabeth Stiles

Congratulations to these students for their hard work and academic excellence.

— UConn PhD Student Jing Wu wins the 2017 ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award

PhD Student Jing Wu was selected to receive one of the International Biometric Society Eastern North American Region’s (ENAR) Distinguished Student Paper Awards for the 2017 ENAR Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.

Her paper entitled “Bayesian Modeling and Inference for Nonignorably Missing Longitudinal Binary Response Data with Applications to HIV Prevention Trials” is joint work with Professors Joseph G. Ibrahim, Ming-Hui Chen, Elizabeth Schifano, and Jeffrey D. Fisher. Jing will present her paper at the 2017 ENAR Spring Meeting.

– Updated Qualifying Exam rules posted

New rules for the MS and PhD qualifying exams have been posted online. These rules take effect in the calendar year 2018.

– UConn PhD Student Greg Vaughan Wins 2017 MHS Student Paper Award Competition

PhD student Gregory Vaughan was awarded the Student Paper Award Competition by the Mental Health Section of the ASA. His paper, “Stagewise Generalized Estimating Equations with Applications to Suicide Prevention”, was joint work with Professor Jun Yan and Assistant Professor Kun Chen, and was one of two papers awarded by the section. Greg will present his paper at JSM 2017.

– Fall 2016 Department Picnic

The Department of Statistics will host the annual fall picnic on September 25 in Coventry. More information is available here.

– UConn Statistics Department Alumni and Friends Dinner in Chicago

Information and registration for the “UConn Statistics Department Alumni and Friends Dinner in Chicago” can be found here.

– Team of UConn Students Win Award at ASA Datafest


A team of UConn undergraduates–Daniel Brink ’16, Nicholas Illenberger ’17, Jiachen Liang ’16, and Peter Tallcouch ’16–won an award for “Best Business Insight” at the American Statistical Association (ASA) Datafest competition, held at Wesleyan University from April 8-10. The students’ task was to analyze a dataset provided by Ticketmaster, and provide some new insights.

The students were advised by Professor Haim Bar, Professor Ofer Harel, and Professor Nalini Ravishanker and graduate students Henry Linder and Yaohua Zhang. Also in attendance to support the UConn team were graduate students Brian Bader, Ved Deshpande, and Greg Vaughan.

– Shan Hu: In Memoriam

A great alumna and a dear friend of our department, Dr. Shan Hu, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 7th 2016, at the age of 30. Shan was an excellent student who received her PhD in Statistics in 2012. Everyone who knew Shan will fondly remember her shining smile and positive attitude regardless of what life threw her way. She was a genuinely good person, shining at what she did, and always willing to help people around her. She will be very much missed by all of us who had overlap with her at UConn. Our thoughts are with her family, especially her five year old son, husband, and parents.