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Quantitative Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (QSURE) Fellowship

2018 Fellows

Nicholas Hartman

Nicholas is a rising senior at Cornell University, majoring in Biometry and Statistics. He is interested in biostatistics with applications to health and medicine. He hopes to pursue a PhD in biostatistics and contribute to research within the health sector. His hometown is Sea Cliff, NY, and he enjoys playing basketball.

Mentor: Sara Olson

Project: Age at onset of pancreatic cancer in relation to risk factors

 

David Hong

David is a rising senior at Cornell University, majoring in Policy Analysis and Management. He was born in South Korea and raised in Hong Kong, and served as a translator in the U.S. Air Force for two years. His interests include East Asian culture and history, solving riddles, going to escape rooms, and playing board games. He plans to pursue graduate studies in statistics.

Mentor: Allison Snyderman

Project: Measures of hospitals’ quality: how do they relate?

 

Elly Kipkogei

Elly is a senior at Cornell University, majoring in Biometry and Statistics. Elly received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award (Statistics) in May 2018. He plans to pursue graduate studies in applied statistics, and his goal is to become a professor of medical biostatistics. His role model in statistics is Sir David Cox, known for the Cox proportional hazard model. He enjoys  cooking, especially Kenyan, Mexican, and Indian cuisine.

Mentor: Audrey Mauguen

Project: Simulation study of variable selection methods for survival analysis

 

Chase Latour

Chase is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Mathematics on the statistics track and Anthropology, with an emphasis on global health.  She hopes to pursue graduate studies in biostatistics and epidemiology.  She is from Carbondale, IL, where she likes to hike, swim, and play with her dog.

Mentor: Margaret Du

Project Title: Association Between Age at Last Birth and Maternal Telomere Length

 

Christine Lin

Christine is a rising senior at Cornell University, majoring in Biometry and Statistics. On campus, she works as a research assistant in Cornell’s Laboratory of Rational Decision Making, and she skates on the synchronized skating team. She hails from central NJ. 

Mentor: Malcom Pike

Project Title: Mammographic background parenchymal enhancement and risk of breast cancer

 

Antara Mondal

Antara is senior at Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Statistics. She is interested in applications of statistics to chronic and congenital illnesses. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in biostatistics. She is from Philadelphia, where she enjoys trying new foods and going to concerts.

Mentor: Elizabeth Kantor

Project Title: Association Between Use of Fish Oil Supplements and Inflammation

 

Margaret Steiner

Margaret is a rising junior at George Washington University, majoring in Applied Mathematics. She works in a computational biology lab and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the university’s undergraduate research journal. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in biostatistics. She is originally from The Woodlands, Texas.

Mentor: Venkat Seshan

Project Title: Estimating tumor fraction from shallow whole genome sequencing

 

Srinivas Sunil

Srinivas is a rising senior at Duke University, majoring in Statistics and in Mathematics. He works as a research assistant in the university’s statistics department. He likes to travel, try new and exotic foods, and spend time outdoors.

Mentor: Zhigang Zhang

Project Title: Statistical Analysis of Cancer Data from Radiation Oncology

 

Sarah Szvetecz

Sarah is a rising senior at James Madison University, majoring in Statistics. She currently serves as president of the American Statistical Association Student Chapter at James Madison. She enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends, and going to concerts. Upon graduation, Sarah intends to attend graduate school to study biostatistics.

Mentor: Li-Xuan Qin

Project Title: Exploring different link functions of hierarchical clustering and their sensitivity to handling effects in microarray data

 

Aijin Wang

Aijin is a rising senior at Carnegie Mellon University, majoring Statistics and Machine Learning. Music and photography are her biggest passions. She also likes crime shows, soccer, and hockey.

Mentor: Ronglai Shen

Project Title: Applying statistical machine learning methods to cancer genomics