Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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University of Georgia Statistics major, Rachel A. Zilinskas, has been selected for the 2017 CURO Summer Fellowship. Rachel has loved Statistics ever since she took her first Stat class in High School. She is currently working with Dr. Mandal studying experimental design and also a student in the Terry College of Business earning a degree in Risk Management and Insurance. She will be working with Dr. Abhyuday Mandal on his collaborative research project with Dr. Suraj Sharma in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors. In particular, Rachel will help the research group designing an experiment for optimizing the natural Indigo dye in the dyeing process of cotton fabrics using nanocellulose gels. She will also learn and apply advanced statistical techniques to analyze data.

Rachel is a member of the UGA Women's Swimming and Diving team and has contributed to two NCAA National Championships with the team. She is also very involved in several organizations on campus including Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Leonard Leadership Scholars, Deer Run Fellows, Palladia, Sphinx, Team United Campus Athlete Ministry, and volunteering as a Religious Education teacher at the UGA Catholic Center. 

Aside from swimming and being involved on campus, Rachel also enjoys reading, art, cooking and baking, and spending time outdoors.

Please join us in congratulating Rachel on her continued excellence and accomplishments! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Statistics student, Jordan Eckert, has been awarded the Curo Research Assistantship. This award includes a one-semester stipend of $1000 to conduct faculty-mentored research under the guidance of Dr. Megan Lutz.

Jordan Eckert is a statistics major here at the University of Georgia. After graduating in May, he plans on going to graduate school and eventually earning his PhD. After which he wants to become a professor and continue doing research in the statistics field. His research interest are multivariate analysis, linear modeling, sports statistics, and spatial statistics. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and also works on campus as a student consultant for EITS. His directed self study will be focused over multinomial logit and probit modeling for predictive outcomes.

Jordan will be presenting his research in the Spring 2017 CURO Symposium to be held on April 3-4. 

Congratulations Jordan! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two Statistics students have been asked to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest of all American honor societies. It is one of the most distinguished honors in academic circles to be invited to join the society. This year’s invitees include Andrew Goodman and Daniel Oltmann. Congratulations to these fantastic students!

Those who choose to join Phi Beta Kappa will be honored at an initiation ceremony on Tuesday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel on North Campus, with a reception following the ceremony. The ceremony is open to the public.

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Dan Oltmann at Phi Beta Kappa Induction 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Grimes Fellowship provides academic year support to a graduate student in Franklin College majoring in the Natural Sciences working on the area of cancer research. The winner must be in good academic standing, have innovative ideas, and strong work ethic and a creative mind. 

Alexei Ionan, a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Statistics, has been awarded this fellowship for the 2016-2017 school year. Alexei has been developing and evaluating statistical methods in cancer research for over 12 years, focusing on early detection of cancer, medical diagnostic tests, calibrated Bayesian methods, biomarker selection and reproducibility, optimal design of experiments and clinical trials, and statistical issues in -omic data analysis and design, including microarray and RNA-Seq data. Alexei has co-authored nine articles, including work published in Cancer Research and Nature Immunology, that have been cited several hundred times in total.

Please join us in congratulating Alexei for all his hard work! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dr. Ping Ma from the Department of Statistics was featured in UGA Today on October, 24 2016 for his use of a new grant to crunch big data numbers. This research could help tackle diseases and save lives.

To read the entire article, please click here.

The department is so excited and proud for this accomplished researcher to be part of our team.