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Graduating PhD Student Spotlight: Novin Ghaffari

Novin Ghaffari PhD in Statistics, The University of Texas at Austin (Fall 2019)MS in Statistics, The University of Texas at AustinBS in Math, Plan II, and Finance, The University of Texas at AustinDissertation: "Optimal Transportation and Barycenter Problems via Convex Functions" Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Stephen G. WalkerResearch Interests: Mathematical statistics, Bayesian methods, optimal transportation,...

Graduating PhD Student Spotlight: Su Chen

Su Chen PhD in Statistics, The University of Texas at Austin (Summer 2020)MS in Mathematics, The University of Texas at AustinBS in Applied Math, Zhejiang UniversityDissertation: "Bayesian Variable Selection and Hypothesis Testing" Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Stephen WalkerResearch Interests: Bayesian methods with applications in machine learning and data scienceDescribe your research.The general topic of...

Graduating PhD Student Spotlight: Mingzhang Yin

Mingzhang Yin PhD in Statistics, The University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2020)BS in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Fudan UniversityDissertation: "Variational Methods with Dependence Structure"Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Mingyuan ZhouResearch Interests: Bayesian methods, Causal inference and Deep LearningWebsite: https://mingzhang-yin.github.io What does your research focus on? How is it applied?My research areas are Bayesian statistics and...

Graduating PhD Student Spotlight: Jennifer Starling

JENNIFER STARLING PhD in Statistics, UT Austin (Spring 2020)MS in Statistics, Texas A&M UniversityBS in Mathematics, Virginia TechDissertation: "Bayesian methods for complex data structures, with applications to precision medicine in women’s healthcare"Dissertation Advisor: Dr. James ScottResearch Interests: Bayesian methods, nonparametric regression, tree-based models, causal inference, public health, women's health, obstetricsWebsite: https://jestarling.github.ioWhat does your research focus...

Jennifer Starling: SBSS AWARD WINNER

23 January 2020—Statistics doctoral candidate Jennifer Starling has been selected as one of ten Section of Bayesian Statistical Science (SBSS) student paper award winners for Joint Statistical Meetings 2020.  Jennifer is advised by Dr. James Scott. Her paper is titled "BART with Targeted Smoothing: An analysis of patient-specific stillbirth risk"...

SDS PhD Student Bootcamp Recap

  AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT & LEARN On October 17th – 18th, 2019, the UT Department of Statistics and Data Sciences held a PhD Student Bootcamp aimed at helping new PhD in Statistics students prepare for their studies here at UT. Presenters at the Bootcamp included a mix of SDS Faculty and established PhD...

SDS Graduate Students Put Skills to Work through Summer Internships

1 October 2019—Many PhD and MS in Statistics students find summer internships a beneficial way to build and practice the skills they learned in their coursework. Kelly Kang, Chandar Shekhar, and Mingzhang Yin provide details about how they spent their summer of 2019. Kelly Kang (PhD in Statisics): Microsoft "I did...
Jennifer Starling Gives Invited Talk at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings

Jennifer Starling Gives Invited Talk at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings

15 August 2019— Doctoral student Jennifer Starling gave an invited talk on her research, titled "Targeted Smooth Bayesian Causal Forests for Heterogeneous Smooth Treatment Effects," at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings held in Denver, Colorado during July 27 – August 1, 2019. The work presented extends the Bayesian Causal Forest framework to include cases where...

Jennifer Starling wins the Thomas R. Ten Have Award

30 May 2018—Jennifer Starling was presented with the Thomas R. Ten Have Award at the Atlantic Causal Inference Conference held at Carnegie Mellon University May 21- 23, 2018, for her poster titled “Functional BART for Causal Inference” in collaboration with Jared S. Murray, Patricia A. Lohr, Abigail R.A. Aiken, Carlos M. Carvalho, and...

Michael Zhang: Graduate of the PhD in Statistics Program

4 May 2018 - Congratulations to Dr. Michael Zhang! In May 2018, Michael Zhang has graduated from the PhD in Statistics Program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.  Now that you have graduated from the PhD in Statistics Program, what are you planning doing next? I will travel around...

SDS Student Spotlight - Spencer Woody

21 February 2018 - Spencer Woody is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences Tell us a little about yourself.I was born and raised in Houston. I graduated from Duke University in 2015 with a dual degree in economics and statistical science....

SDS Student Spotlight - Mingzhang Yin

9 February 2018—Mingzhang (Michael) Yin is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences Tell us a little bit about yourself - educational background, working experience, etc. I am from Kunming, a city in Southwest China. I graduated from Fudan University in...

SDS Student Spotlight - Vera Liu

Vera Liu is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences Tell us a little about yourself - educational background, work experience, etc. I am originally from Shanghai. In 2014, I started undergrad at Rice University, trying to do a Chemical Engineering major and...

SDS Student Spotlight - Novin Ghaffari

Novin Ghaffari is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences   Tell us a little about yourself - educational background, work experience, etc. In high school, my first job was tutoring immigrant children. Since starting at UT, I’ve mainly worked for...

SDS Student Spotlight - Maurice Diesendruck

  Maurice Diesendruck is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.   Tell us a little about yourself - educational background, work experience, etc. Educational background: Mostly math, some econ, some ethnomusicology/anthropologyPrevious work experience: SF startup, then Google, both in data management...

SDS Student Spotlight: Evan Ott

Evan Ott is a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, work experience, etc. I got my undergrad honors degrees here at UT-Austin in Physics and Computer Science (so yes, that makes this my...

SDS Student Spotlight: Yuguang Yue

14 September 2017—Meet Yuguang Yue, a student in the PhD in Statistics program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, previous work experience, etc. I earned my bachelor degree from Fudan University with a major in Math, and earned my master's degree from UCLA with a...

Oscar Madrid Padilla: First PhD in Statistics Program Graduate

Photo by Vivian Abagiu17 May 2017—Oscar Madrid Padilla will become the first person to receive a PhD by The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Statistics and Data Sciences (SDS) this May. The department was formed in August 2014 and replaced the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation.Madrid Padilla, a...

SDS Student Spotlight: Omar Chavez

24 April 2017—Meet Omar Chavez, a student in the PhD program in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, previous work experience, etc. I am originally from West Texas. I got my BS from UT in Mathematics. After school, I was a touring musician but after several...

Student Spotlight: Jennifer Starling

  14 November 2016—Meet Jennifer Starling, a PhD student in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. Tell us a little bit about yourself—educational background, previous work experience, etc. I am from Des Moines, Iowa. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 with degrees in math and theatre. Afterwards, I spent several...