This has been another successful year for the students, faculty, and alumni in the Department of Statistics. We are proud to recognize their accomplishments for the year of 2020 and would like to take a moment to highlight their achievements.

The Department of Statistics awards talented graduate students for the Z.W. Birnbaum and the Dorothy M. Gilford awards every fall quarter. The Z.W. Birnbaum award recognizes the graduate students who give the outstanding general exams, while the Dorothy M. Gilford teaching award recognizes outstanding performances by a graduate teaching assistants during the past year. This year, we have recognized Richard Guo and Yandi Shen for the Z.W. Birnbaum award, and Bryan Martin and Anna Neufeld for the Dorothy M. Gilford teaching award. See more details here.

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) annually awards fellowships to a handful of talented incoming STEM Ph.D. students at University of Washington and Washington State University. ARCS fellows are selected based on their potential to make a positive, long-lasting contribution to their academic disciplines. They have selected James Buenfil and Jessica Kunke as ARCS fellows for this year. See more details here.

Among our recent graduates, we would like to highlight Julie Zhang, Emily Flannagan, and Corinne Jones. Julie Zhang was named College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medalist for 2020 for her remarkable track cord of being at the top of the classes she took and contributing her talents towards teaching and research. Emily Flannagan was selected as Husky 100 for her outstanding work and achievements through coursework, research, volunteer, and leadership efforts, internships, and jobs she has created with her own husky experience. Corinne Jones was one of the four recipients of the 2020 ASA Student Paper Award for her paper entitled "End-to-end Statistical Learning, with or without Labels". The award is jointly sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Statistical Computing and Section on Statistical Graphics.

It has been quite the productive year for Daniela Witten. Witten was elected as an ASA Fellow for 2020 for contributions to statistical science, leadership, and advancement of the field. She has also been selected to receive the ASA 2021 Leo Breiman Junior Award for her outstanding contributions to statistical learning, computational statistics, and their practical applications. Witten has also been recognized as one of the Highly Cited Researchers in Clarivate’s 2020 list, which identifies researchers who demonstrate significant influence in their chosen fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

Our former Ph.D student and alumna, Marloes Maathuis was awarded the prestigious 2020 Van Dantzig Award. The prize is considered the highest Dutch award in statistics and operations research and is awarded once every five years.

Congratulations to all for your excellence! We are incredibly proud of everyone’s contributions to our department and the greater UW community.