Three Win Student Travel Awards to Conference on Statistical Practice

The following student winners will receive registration and travel support to attend the Conference on Statistical Practice.

Amandeep Kaur
Lester R. Curtin Award

Kaur has a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery and a master’s degree in public health with a double major in epidemiology and biostatistics that allows her to approach projects scientifically and statistically. She works as a research biostatistician at Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, assisting the researchers. Specifically, Kaur provides consultation pertaining to power analysis, study designs, data management, statistical analysis, and programming; prepares statistical reports; and writes specific sections of manuscripts. Her research covers human development and family studies, cancer studies, animal studies, food sciences and human nutrition, social studies, psychology, community health, and special education. She strives to make more contributions to the advancement of science.

Kristina Boyd
Lingzi Lu Memorial Award

Boyd is a December 2019 graduate of the biostatistics MS program at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and a 2013 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During her time as a graduate student, she published two papers on rare cancer incidence and risk with longtime mentor Dianne Finkelstein. She was also a teaching assistant for three graduate-level statistical methods courses. In 2018, during her second year of graduate study, she was hired as a statistician at the Allegheny County Health Department, where she remains employed. Her current work focuses on extending methods developed in her thesis to other overdose surveillance domains. Her long-term career goal is to earn a doctoral degree, become a professor, and introduce students—especially those from nontraditional backgrounds—to the wonderful world of statistical practice. Outside of academia, she enjoys spending time with her son, Garrett, age 4.

Lauren Frisbie
John J. Bartko Scholarship

Frisbie earned her MPH from the University of Washington and currently works as a research analyst in the Center for One Health Research. Her focus is integrating and analyzing antimicrobial resistance data from human, animal, and environmental sources to answer public health questions. Most weekdays, you’ll find her hunched over RStudio cleaning data. On the weekends, you can find her mountain biking, open-water swimming, or snowboarding in the Seattle area.