BIOS students win half of awards presented at international symposium

June 5, 2014

Gillings School biostatistics students have won four of eight student research awards presented by the International Chinese Statistical Association and Korean International Statistic Society. Their work will be acknowledged during the 2014 Joint Applied Statistics Symposium of the two organizations, to be held June 15-18 in Portland, Ore.

Ting-huei Chen (left) and Ran Tao were two of the four Gillings School biostatistics students who won awards.

Ting-huei Chen (left) and Ran Tao are two of the four Gillings School biostatistics students who won international research awards.

Winners include:

  • Guanhua Chen (Drs. Michael Kosorok and Donglin Zeng, advisers), for Personalized Dose Finding Using Outcome-weighted Learning;
  • Ting-Huei Chen (Drs. Wei Sun and Jason P. Fine, advisers), for Using a Structural Equation Modeling Approach with Application in Alzheimer’s Disease;
  • Ran Tao (Dr. Danyu Lin, adviser), for Analysis of Sequence Data Under Multivariate Trait-Dependent Sampling; and
  • Qiang Sun (Drs. Hongtu Zhu and Joseph G. Ibrahim, advisers), for Hard Thresholded Regression Via Linear Programming.

“We are very pleased and excited about the nationally-recognized, outstanding research our students are doing,” said Kosorok, who is W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics.

Other winners were from Columbia University, University of Washington and University of Michigan.


Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or