Kristina Boyd (BIOST '19) will receive the 2020 award, created in 2013 by the American Statistical Association (ASA) in partnership with the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) in rememberance of Lingzi Lu, the first-year student in the statistics master's program at Boston University who lost her life in the bombing at the Boston Marathon in April of that year. Lu was an ambitious, talented, and vibrant student, who looked forward to a career as a master's-level statistician.
Through the Lingzi Lu Memorial Award, the ASA and ICSA support the studies of similarly dedicated people who are in master's programs in statistics or who have recently earned their master's degree in statistics. The award provides up to $1,300 for registration and travel support to the ASA Conference on Statistical Practice, which takes place very February. The 2020 conference will take place in Sacramento, California.
Since the award's inception, the Pitt Public Health Department of Biostatistics has won four out of six years: Xiotian (Steven) Gao in 2015, Peng Liu in 2016, Lingyun Liu in 2018, and now Boyd in 2020.
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