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April 13th, 2024 AL-MS Chapter Annual Conference and Business Meeting

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Auburn University (AU) hosted the 2024 Alabama-Mississippi Chapter Annual Conference and Business Meeting on Saturday, April 13th, 2024. Sixty-four current and prospective chapter members attended from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Mississippi State University (MSU), The University of Mississippi (OleMiss), Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Auburn University (AU), Gadsden State Community College, and several companies: Booz Allen Hamilton, Botchagalupe Technologies, Five Star Credit Union, and Ryan LLC. The conference featured a keynote presentation and student oral and poster presentations.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Ping Ma, a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Georgia and co-director of the Big Data Analytics Lab. He was a Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Faculty Fellow at the US National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award recipient. His paper won the 2011 Best Paper Award from the Canadian Journal of Statistics. He delivered the 2021 NSF Distinguished Lecture. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association. The title of his talk was “Statistical Computing Meets Quantum Computing.” (Talk Abstract)

Dr. Ma


Students presented their research in various fields of statistics. Topics included Bayesian modeling, Markov chains, mediation analysis, survival analysis, order statistics, copulas, and applications of statistical methods on health outcomes related to HIV, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Students Oral Presentation Abstracts

Students Poster Presentation Abstracts

Students Oral Presentation Competition Awardees

First Place: Kwabena Boateng, MSU

Second Place: Tran Le, UMMC

Third Place: Barkat Mian, OleMiss 

Students Poster Presentation Competition Awardees

First Place: Mathias Muia, OleMiss

Second Place: Kevin Okotchi Owuor, UAB 

Third Place: Zamzam Qazi, OleMiss and Chia-Ying Chiu, UAB

Conference Pictures

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