UK Students Receive Travel Award for SRCOS Summer Research Conference

Chenlu Ke and Jiaying Weng, doctoral students of Statistics at the University of Kentucky, were awarded the Boyd Harshbarger Travel Award for their participation in the NSF/R.L. Anderson Student Poster Session. Their awards supported the presentation of original research at the 2017 Summer Research Conference (SRC) hosted by the Southern Regional Council on Statistics (SRCOS) from June 4th to June 7th, 2017. The Boyd Harshbarger Travel Awards cover the conference registration, up to 1/2 of the conference hotel cost, and mileage from the student's university.  SRCOS awarded on a competitive basis a number of Boyd Harshbarger travel awards to graduate students presenting a poster during the NSF/RL Anderson Student Poster Session. To be eligible for this award, both students submitted an abstract for their poster, a CV, and a letter of support from their Advisor. 

Photo: Jiaying Weng (left) and Chenlu Ke (right)

Chenlu received an award from the SRCOS for her and Dr. Xiangrong Xin (Advisor to both Jiaying and Chenlu) work titled, "Expected conditional Hilbert-Schmidt Independence Criterion for testing independence.  Jiaying received an award for her and Dr. Xin's work titled, "Estimating an Inverse Mean Subspace." 

Boyd Harshbarger was one of the early pioneers of Statistics in the United States.  Harshbarger organized and supervised the first Regional Statistical Summer Season (the first "Summer Research Conference") at Virginia Polytechnical Institute, bringing together scientist from five continents and students from 35 states of the US.  Harshbarger influenced many students and colleagues with his enthusiasm and vision of statistics.  A description of his career, accomplishments and involvement in SRCOS is available here.

Dr. Arnold Stromberg, Chair of Statistics, congratulated both students on their achievements. "The Boyd Harshbarger travel awards, and those like it, allow our young investigators to gain experience and receive feedback on research ideas that will help propel their future careers.  We are excited about Chenlu and Jiaying's current and future accomplishments."



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