Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association Mu Sigma Rho Affiliate

Mu Sigma Rho is the national honorary society for statistics. Its purpose is to promote and encourage scholarly activity in statistics and the recognition of outstanding achievement among the students in eligible academic institutions. More information about Mu Sigma Rho can be found at the following web site: http://www.stat.sc.edu/msrnatl.html

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
In February, 2005, the National Mu Sigma Rho approved a proposal that Chapters of the American Statistical Association (including BCASA, the Boston Chapter) to become affiliate chapters of Mu Sigma Rho. This decision allows students from Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island who do not attend schools with Mu Sigma Rho chapters to become members through a process coordinated by BCASA. The decision also provides opportunities for BCASA to pursue further outreach with more isolated campuses and boost awareness of the ASA and the local chapter (by enrolling students members in ASA/BCASA when they join Mu Sigma Rho).

BCASA MU SIGMA RHO COMMITTEE
Five members of the Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association oversee the process of nominating, vetting and recommending new members for Mu Sigma Rho. Current members (through the end of 2011) are:

  1. Liam O'Brien, chair (through 2013)
  2. Alan Olinsky (through 2013)
  3. Ji Young Kim (through 2013)
  4. Michael Lavine (through 2012)
  5. Scott Evans (planning committee liaison, through 2012)
This group acts as a Subcommittee of the BCASA Planning Committee and is charged with disseminating information regarding Mu Sigma Rho in the region covered by the chapter (Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island). They solicit nominations for new members, bring recommendations for new Mu Sigma Rho members to the Planning Committee for final decision, and forward dues ($5 as of 1/2011) and names to the Mu Sigma Rho national secretary/treasurer.

PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATING STUDENTS
Students located at a college or university in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine may be nominated. The nominator is responsible for completing the nomination form and including evidence that the nominee has satisfied the requirements. This form, plus unofficial transcript and $5 nomination fee should be Mu Sigma Rho Subcommittee by March 1st of each year. The induction fee will be refunded if the nomination is not approved.

The online nominating form can be found here.

To be eligible for induction in Mu Sigma Rho, undergraduate students shall:

  1. have completed at least 2 years of college course work;
  2. have completed 8 credits/semester hours (12 quarter hours) of statistics courses, of which at least 5 credits/semester hours (7 quarter hours) shall be junior level statistics course work;
  3. have a 3.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all statistics courses; and
  4. be in the top 1/3 of their class (junior, senior) in all course work.
Junior-level statistics courses would typically include intermediate statistics courses such as Regression, Linear Models, Design of Experiments, Bayesian methods or Mathematical Statistics. Statistics research undertaken as an honors thesis, independent study or summer project may substitute for one of these classes. Typically, only half of a two-semester or two-quarter Probability/Mathematical Statistics course would count towards the total number of statistics courses.

Graduate students shall:

  1. have completed 12 credits/semester hours (18 quarter hours) of graduate level courses in statistics;
  2. have at least a 3.50 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate level statistics courses; and
  3. be a graduate student in good standing.
Once the nomination form and academic transcripts are received, all information is verified and the student is deemed eligible, the Subcommittee will forward recommendations to the BCASA Planning Committee. Ordinarily the Planning Committee will approve nominations based upon the recommendations of the Subcommittee. Once the BCASA Planning Committee has approved these names, letters will be sent to the students inviting them to join Mu Sigma Rho. The nominator will also be sent a copy of this letter. All students who accept this nomination will be invited to an induction ceremony at one of the regularly scheduled BCASA spring evening lectures. Then the Mu Sigma Rho Subcommittee Chair will send the list of students who accept membership along with the dues to the the Secretary/Treasurer of the National Mu Sigma Rho organization. A certificate will then be sent to each inductee. A copy of the nomination materials for all successful nominees is provided annually to the president of the BCASA chapter.

The BCASA Mu Sigma Rho Subcommittee seeks to create and maintain a list of liaisons at colleges and universities to seek statistics students with these qualifications for nomination. The Subcommittee submits a brief annual report for the BCASA newsletter regarding chapter activities during that year.

TIMELINE OF YEARLY CYCLE
January 1st: Outreach to colleges and universities to solicit nominations
March 1st: Deadline for nominations (including academic transcript, contact information, and verification of membership requirements) to the Subcommittee Chair
March 15th: Subcommittee reviews nominations
April 1st: BCASA Planning Committee acts on Nominations, letters sent to nominees and nominators
May: Induction ceremony at a regularly scheduled May BCASA lecture

PREVIOUS STUDENT INDUCTEES
2005:

Mariel Finucane (Smith College)
Yang Huang (Mount Holyoke College)
Mihaela Krasteva (Mount Holyoke College)
Lingling Li (Harvard School of Public Health)
Heather Litman (Harvard School of Public Health)
Ashley Provencher (Simmons College)
Linjuan Qian (Smith College)
Natasa Rajicic (Harvard School of Public Health)
Xiaohong Sang (Smith College)
Wan Yuan Tan (Mount Holyoke College)

2006:

Ryan Adams (Colby College)
Christine Anderson (Bates College)
Elizabeth Antoske (Smith College)
Stacy Braverman (Smith College)
Xiao Ding (Harvard University)
Matt Downing (Colby College)
Beth Ann Griffin (Harvard University)
William Evan Johnson (Harvard University)
Sophia Lee (Boston University)
Jiang Li (Boston University)
Heather Litman (Harvard University)
Lixia Pei (Harvard University)
Maura Spiegelman (Smith College)
Suzanne Switzer (Smith College)
Lu Wang (Harvard University)
Rui Wang (Harvard University)
Vanessa Xanthakis (Boston University)
Mao Zheng (Colby College)
Lei Zhu (Boston University)
Yanyan Zhu (Boston University)

2007:

Julie Grace Bacon (Smith College)
Katharine Fischer Berry (Mount Holyoke College)
Onjira Boonroong (Smith College)
Wendy Chen (Mount Holyoke College)
David Fardo (Harvard University)
Janine Gresko (Mount Holyoke College)
Eleanor Hannon (Mount Holyoke College)
Audrey Eleanor Hendricks (Boston University)
Malcolm Itter (Colby College)
Shikha Jain (Smith College)
Mufaro Kanyangarara (Mount Holyoke College)
Kwun Suen Miu (Smith College)
Megan Othus (Harvard University)
Alison L. Pedley (Boston University)
Ha Thanh Pham (Mount Holyoke College)
Jian Rong (Boston University)
Ana Petrova Spasova (Smith College)
Chad Stecher (Colby College)
Nadia Timofeev (Boston University)
Ling Wang (Boston University)
Mary S. Warlaumont (Colby College)
Michael Wu (Harvard University)
Mei Yang (Boston University)
R. Andrew Yeskoo (Colby College)
Robin Lynne Young (Boston University)
Jingjing Zhou (Colby College)

2008:

Caleb Andrew Bliss (Boston University)
Olga Victorovna Demler (Boston University)
Nancy Dexter (Smith College)
Lee Dicker (Harvard University)
Yangchun Du (Boston University)
Wei Guo (Boston University)
Jennifer Kirk (Smith College)
Stephanie Lustgarten (Boston University)
Kaveh Maghsoudi (Harvard University)
Alisa Knodle Manning (Boston University)
Gina Marie Peloso (Boston University)
Dharana Rijal (Smith College)
Lisa Scoppettuolo (Harvard University)
Lin Ye Song (Boston University)
Kristin Tyler (Smith College)
Martha Woerner (Smith College)
Zhenming Zhao (Boston University)
Min Zheng (Smith College)

2009:

Paul Baines (Harvard University)
Natasha Fouad Beydoun (Mount Holyoke College)
Miao Chen (Harvard University)
Xiaoshuang Chen (Smith College)
Yves Rene Chretien (Harvard University)
Alyssa Beth Dufour (Boston University)
Paul Thatcher Edlefsen (Harvard University)
Christine Mary Fitzgerald (Colby College)
Stephen Hartley (Boston University)
Koon Tat Kelvin Ho (Colby College)
Xia Hua (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Sarah Anne Kam (Smith College)
Sarah Michelle Karl (Boston University)
Robin Irene Kimball (University of Southern Maine)
Natalie Rose Krumdieck (Smith College)
Wai Leung (Colby College)
Kari Frazer Lock (Harvard University)
Katherine Thomas Lofgren (Smith College)
Chen Lu (Boston University)
Shannon Leah McDonough (Smith College)
Sandeep Menon (Boston University)
Xiaopeng Miao (Boston University)
Carlee Brooks Moser (Boston University)
Jared Scott Murray (University of New Hampshire)
Sarah Virginia Rathnam (Smith College)
William Michael Reichmann (Boston University)
David Joseph Resendes (UMass/Amherst)
Soule Sow (Colby College)
Maria Antonia Terres (Smith College)
Ke Wang (Boston University)
Cassandra Wolos (Harvard University)
Chengwei Yuan (University of New Hampshire)
Christine Yiwen Zhang (Smith College)
Ling Zhu (Colby College)

2010:

Jessie Hsu (Harvard University)
Harold Bae (Boston University)
Arthur Baines (UMass/Amherst)
Kukua Banson (Colby College)
Keith Betts (Harvard University)
Zehui Chen (Smith College)
Hailong Cheng (Boston University)
Jamie Collins (Boston University)
Timothy Concannon (Colby College)
Boxuan Cui (UMass/Amherst)
Robin Daley (Colby College)
Saralin Davis (Colby College)
Sarah Hirsch (Colby College)
Caroline Blythe Indge (Smith College)
Leah Isakov (Boston University)
Robert Knipp (Colby College)
Peter Krafft (UMass/Amherst)
Mizue Krygowski (Boston University)
Mike Lopez (UMass/Amherst)
Qiong Louie-Gao (Boston University)
Allison Meisner (Boston University)
Marissa Jeanne Neal (Smith College)
Julius Ngwa (Boston University)
Xiao Han (Mount Holyoke College)
Sarah Hopson (Mount Holyoke College)
Mignon Johnston (Mount Holyoke College)
Thida Ma (Smith College)
Tinashe Moyana (Mount Holyoke College)
Roberto Delhy Nolivos (Colby College)
Cyla Bagloan O'Connor (Smith College)
Isaac Opper (Colby College)
Joseph Palmisano (Boston University)
Portia Dionna Parker (Smith College)
Michael Pickard (Boston University)
Gayatri Rangaathan (Boston University)
Denis Rybin (Boston University)
Isabel Agnes Sheng (Smith College)
Kelly Sullivan (Colby College)
Amanda Tapia (Smith College)
Long Truong (Mount Holyoke College)
Michael Twarog (Boston University)
Charles White (Boston University)
Michael Winter (Boston University)
Moon W. Wu (Boston University)
Jennifer Yamamoto (Boston University)
Hong Yang (Smith College)
Wei Zhuang (Boston University)

2011:

Samrachana Adhikari (Mount Holyoke College)
Kathryn Aloisio (Smith College)
Shivani Aryal (Smith College)
Alyssa Belisle (Colby College)
Jordan Cadorette (Colby College)
Irina Cazan (Colby College)
Mark Chaffin (Colby College)
Han Chen (Boston University)
Sueng Hoan Choi (Boston University)
Elizabeth Do (Smith College)
Emily Dodwell (Smith College)
Kristie Flaherty (Simmons College)
Chi Gao (Smith College)
Prashanti Ghale (Mount Holyoke College)
Natalie Hsiang (Mount Holyoke College)
Zheyuan Hu (Mount Holyoke College)
Yue Jiang (Mount Holyoke College)
Kathryn (Molly) Johnson (Smith College)
Elizabeth Jung (Smith College)
Lyoe Lee (Colby College)
Rong Li (Boston University)
You Liu (Colby College)
Kathryn Lynch (Smith College)
Margaret Nyamumbo (Smith College)
Jacob Penglase (Colby College)
Zhengyun Qi (Mount Holyoke College)
Ananthakrishnan Revathi (Boston University)
Laura Surprenant (Simmons College)
Na Wang (Boston University)
Qingyi Wang (Colby College)
Zheng Xiang (Boston University)
Siyan Xu (Boston University)
Zoe Zadworny (Smith College)
Rui Zhou (Mount Holyoke College)
Xinjing Zhu (Mount Holyoke College)
Xinjia Zhu (Mount Holyoke College)

2012:

Sarah Anoke (Smith College)
Soudeh Ansari Chaharsoughi (Boston University)
Yulun Ban (Boston University)
Ian Barnett (Harvard University)
Guangye Cao (Smith College)
Chi Chen (Mount Holyoke College)
Xueqian Chen (Colby College)
Yansong Cheng (Boston University)
Gareth Cleveland (Colby College)
Michelle DeVeaux (Mount Holyoke College)
Danielle Enserro (Boston University)
Wei Gao (Boston University)
Hanna Gerlovin (Boston University)
Sam Grant (Colby College)
Paula Griffin (Boston University)
Susan Hwang (Boston University)
Marcus Josefsson (Colby College)
Sean Lacey (Boston University)
Wai Yan Lam (Mount Holyoke College)
Mariel Lambrukos (Colby College)
Xinyi Lin (Harvard School of Public Health)
Luong Nguyen (Mount Holyoke College)
Thu Nguyen (Mount Holyoke College)
Marie Ozanne (Mount Holyoke College)
Kelly Potvin (Colby College)
Tamar Sofer (Harvard University)
Zhaoyang Teng (Boston University)
Tracy Truong (Mount Holyoke College)
Jing Wang (Boston University)
Na Wang (Boston University)
Wenyue Yang (Smith College)
Yezhou Yao (Colby College)
Katya Zelevinsky (Boston University)

2013:

Holly Anderson (Vassar College)
Joseph Andrade (Vassar College)
Rebecca Berren (Colby College)
Vi Bui (Mount Holyoke College)
Russell Chen (Amherst College)
Seung Choi (Boston University)
Nuria Clodius (Mount Holyoke College)
Kaitlin Curran (Colby College)
Linh Dinh (Smith College)
Mignote Haile (Mount Holyoke College)
Mishal Halim (Mount Holyoke College)
Rose Hamershock (Boston University)
Jaeyoung Hong (Boston University)
Elizabeth Hughes (Colby College)
Peter Jones (Colby College)
Elizabeth Kane (Boston University)
Kristen Kipping-Ruane (Boston University)
Natalia Lahera (Mount Holyoke College)
Yiwen Liu (Mount Holyoke College)
Viktoria Liublinska (Harvard University)
Brenda Mariki (Mount Holyoke College)
Isabela Pal (Smith College)
Jacqueline Parziale (Vassar College)
Heather Shappell (Boston University)
Qingyang Shen (Smith College)
Swastina Shrestha (Mount Holyoke College)
Meredith Stevenson (Boston University)
Qi Sun (Colby College)
Daria Theodora (Boston University)
Caroline Wade (Colby College)
Shuai Wang (Boston University)
Siyang Xu (Colby College)
Haomin Yan (Smith College)
Baiyun Yao (Boston University)
Linnea Yeazel (Smith College)
David Zhang (Amherst College)
Xintong Zuo (Mount Holyoke College)

REGULAR MEMBERS (former or current BCASA Mu Sigma Rho subcommittee members)
2005 (founding members):

Robert Goldman (Simmons College)
Nicholas Horton (Smith College) [chair 2005-2010]
Katherine Halvorsen (Smith College)
Michael Kahn (Wheaton College)
Scott Evans (Harvard University)

2007:

Shelley Hurwitz (Harvard University)

2010:

Liam O'Brien (Colby College) [chair 2011-present]
Alan Olinsky (Bryant University)
Paola Sebastiani (Boston University)

Created by Nicholas Horton, last updated April 18, 2013