Two Student Paper Awards

The Department is pleased to acknowledge two of our doctoral students, Yizhen Xu and Yi Zhao, who have been recognized by the American Statistical Association (ASA) during the ASA's 2017 student paper competition.

Yizhen XuYizhen XuYizhen Xu, a third-year Biostatistics student, has been recognized as the first runner-up in the ASA's Risk Analysis Student Paper Competition for her paper entitled "Classification using Ensemble Learning under Weighted Misclassification Loss."

This competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students, full or part-time, attending accredited academic programs.  As a result, Ms. Xu will receive an award to defray the cost of attending the 2017 Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) in August, taking place in Baltimore, MD.


Yi ZhaoYi ZhaoYi Zhao, a fouth-year Biostatistics candidate, who is scheduled to defend later this month, was recognized through the ASA's Mental Health Student Paper Competition as having one of the two top papers.  Her paper is entitled "Granger Mediation Analysis of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Time Series", which proposes a Granger Mediation Analysis framework that provides inference about both spatial and temporal causality between brain regions for multilevel fMRI time series.

Papers were judged relative to the importance of the problem related to mental health and the quality of the statistical methodology, application and writing.  Ms. Zhao will also receive a travel award to defray the cost of attending the 2017 JSM meeting in Baltimore, MD.

The annual Joint Statistical Meeting brings together over 6,000 statisticians from the leading societies in the world, including the American Statistical Association, the International Biometric Society, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the Statistical Society of Canada, and the Royal Statistical Society.

Congratulations to both Yizhen and Yi on these prestigious recognitions!