Congratulations to our graduating class of 2019!! The Department of Biostatistics celebrated its largest graduating class to date with a total of 30 graduating students! Our graduates included 2 Doctorates, 20 Master’s graduates and 8 undergraduate concentrators.
During our annual Commencement Reception celebration, we recognized the extraordinary achievements of several of our students. Since 2012, we have recognized the thesis work of Master of Science graduates whose outstanding research work has resulted in a consequential thesis. This year, the Master of Science Thesis Award of Excellence was awarded to Allan Kendagor Kimaina, for his thesis entitled, “Harnessing the Power of Machine Learning Methods for Enhancing HIV Care and Treatment within Resource-Limited Settings.” Mr. Kimaina worked with Professor Joe Hogan, ScD, as his thesis advisor.
Since 2013, our PhD candidates and students have been recognized for their PhD Research Presentations, an annual requirement for Biostatistics PhD candidates and students who have successfully passed the Qualifying Exam. In April 2019, we had 11 such presentations. This year’s recognition for the PhD Research Presentation Award was given to Mingyang Shan, 5th-year doctoral candidate, for his presentation entitled “A Multiple Imputation Procedure for Record Linkage and Causal Inference to Estimate the Effects of Home-delivered Meals”. Mr. Shan’s research is conducted with his thesis advisor, Associate Professor Roee Gutman, PhD.
Each year, the Undergraduate Statistics Concentration students are required to exhibit their research work through poster presentations. This April, we had 6 undergraduates present their capstone projects. The 2019 inaugural Capstone Poster Award of Excellence was awarded to Ozan Adiguzel, for his poster entitled “A Comparison of Probablistic Rating Systems for Club Soccer”, (Capstone Advisor, Ugur Cetintemel, PhD), and to Evan Lehmann for his poster entitled “Race and Recidivism: Racial disparities in the COMPAS recidivism risk algorithm”, (Capstone Advisor, Henry Ledyard Goddard University Professor of Biostatistics, Constantine Gatsonis, PhD).
The Department also celebrated the recent promotions of Zhijin Wu, PhD, to full Professor and George Papandonatos, PhD, full Professor (Research). The announcement of Lorin Crawford as the recipient of the endowed named professorship, RGSS Assistant Professor of Public Health was also revealed. Congratulations to these significant faculty achievements.
Another exciting, eventful Commencement weekend! Thank you to all who came out to help us celebrate our graduates, faculty and another successful academic year! Congratulations to all our graduates on such a milestone event in your lives. We can’t wait to see what you do next! Pictures of our Commencement Reception can be found here. And pictures taken at the School of Public Health Commencement Ceremonies can be found here.