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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Awards are given by the Department to a select few alumni who have accomplished exemplary work in the field of statistics. See the list of alumni who have been awarded this prestigious honor below.

Spotlight on 2023 UConn Statistics Department Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

The UConn Statistics Department is delighted to have recently celebrated two of our most distinguished alumni, Dr. Cristina Sison and Professor Sujit K. Ghosh. Their remarkable achievements and contributions to the fields of statistics and biostatistics not only brought honor to our department but also provided an invaluable learning experience for our community.

Dr. Cristina Sison – Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient

Dr. Cristina Sison, the Director of the Biostatistics Unit at Northwell Health, was honored with the 2023 Distinguished Alumna Award. With over 25 years of experience in medical research and statistical consulting, Dr. Sison has made significant contributions to the field.

Dr. Sison visited us on September 20, delivering a compelling colloquium titled "Perspectives from the Realm of Statistical Consulting." In her talk, Dr. Sison shared insights from her extensive experience in statistical consulting within the medical field, emphasizing the skills, methodologies, and values essential for aspiring statisticians and biostatistics leaders. Her discussion of diverse projects at Northwell Health highlighted the critical role of statistical expertise in advancing medical research.

Her career is marked by her collaborations with clinician scientists across numerous medical disciplines, resulting in many abstracts, publications, grants, and presentations. Dr. Sison’s academic roles at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell demonstrate her commitment to educational excellence and her dedication to advancing the field of biostatistics.

Members of the Department pose with Cristina Sison at a distinguished alumni event.

Professor Sujit K. Ghosh – Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient

Professor Sujit K. Ghosh, currently serving at the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University, was awarded the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Prof. Ghosh has an illustrious career spanning over 25 years, marked by significant contributions in statistical analysis in biomedical, econometric, and environmental data.

On September 27, 2023, Prof. Ghosh delivered an enthralling colloquium titled "Nonparametric Estimation of Multivariate Copula using Empirical Bayes Method." His presentation, held at 4:00 pm in AUST 110, offered groundbreaking insights into developing a smooth copula function for arbitrary dimensions using empirical Bayes methods – a crucial advancement in statistical modeling for finance, insurance, and system reliability sectors.

Prof. Ghosh’s career is highlighted by his mentorship of over 45 doctoral graduate students, his extensive publication record of over 135 refereed journal articles, and his involvement in over 45 research projects funded by various leading agencies. His accolades include the Cavell Brownie Mentoring Award, D.D. Mason Faculty Award, the IISA Young Investigator Award, and being elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). His roles at NSF and SAMSI further underscore his influential presence in the statistical community.

The visits of Dr. Sison and Prof. Ghosh were not only celebrations of their achievements but also served as inspirational events for our current students and faculty, highlighting the far-reaching impacts of a career in statistics. Their contributions exemplify the excellence we strive for at the UConn Statistics Department.

Past Recipients

Bani K. Mallick, ’94 Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor, Texas A & M University
Awarded in 2022
His talk announcement at the Statistics 60th anniversary conference

Patrick J. Cantwell ’87 (CLAS) Ph.D.
Chief of the Decennial Statistical Studies Division, U.S. Census Bureau
Awarded in 2019

E. Jacquelin Dietz ’78 Ph.D.
Professor, Meredith College
Awarded in 2012

Christos P. Tsokos ’68 Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida
Awarded in 2010

David Salsburg ’66 Ph.D.
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Awarded in 2008

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