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eUSR - 2023 Program


11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. (ET)

Virtual Video Presentation Session

Presenters will be standing by from 11:00 am - 11:40 am (ET) to answer your questions. If you would like to post a comment, navigate to the presenter's recording on YouTube and leave a question.

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11:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (ET)

Opening Remarks

By Jingchen (Monika) Hu, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Vassar College



11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Plenary Talks by USPROC Award Winners

11:45 - 11:55: Ashley Kim, Evan Lee, Hoang Le Nguyen, and Will Chen, Williams College


Multivariate Logistic Regression for the Prediction of Coronary Heart Disease


11:57 - 12:07: Maggie Hsu and Vivian Ma, Wellesley College


Music and Mind: Examining the Relationship between Music Listening Behaviors and Self-Reported Mental Health


12:09 - 12:19: Benjamin Zhao and Drake Gorecki, Hamilton College


Examining Feature Rank and Dependency in the Q-CHAT-10 ASD Questionnaire


12:21 - 12:31: Elan Preis, Nick Waizenegger, and Jacob Krynock, Cal Poly


A Comparative Analysis of Translation Performance: ChatGPT vs. Google Translate


12:33 - 12:43: Teagan Johnson, Sam Roseberg, Elijah Jones, and Ton Meesena, Carleton College


Classification Models for Statistical Graphics


12:45 - 12:55: Ro Huang, Duke University


Bring the Heat: Exploring the Relationship between Temperature and Short- & Long- Distance Running Performance


12:57 - 13:07: Duy Nguyen, Anh Vu, and Quang Le, Grinnell College


Identification Of Effective Biomarkers In Predicting The Survival Of Patients With Severe Sepsis And Septic Shock


13:09 - 13:19: Katelyn Diaz, Irene Foster, Caitlin Timmons, and Sunshine Schneider, Smith College


Storm Chasers: Synthesizing New England Weather Data On A Dashboard For Emergency Response Workers


13:21 - 13:31: Stephanie Dietz, University of Florida


Automated Speech Analysis to Reveal Early Biomarkers in Parkinson's Disease


13:33 - 13:43: Che Hoon Jeong, Denison College


Basketball's Three Point Revolution


13:45 - 13:55: Olivia Borownicki, Barnard College


IT'S TIME TO COME CLEAN ABOUT COOKING: Constructing Machine Learning Models for Social Welfare Targeting in South Africa to Predict Whether Households Use Clean or Dirty Cooking Fuel



2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Keynote Address

How to be the best statistician or data scientist: It’s not what you think

Presented by: Robert L. Santos, Director, U.S. Census Bureau

The world of statistics – including data science – is rapidly evolving.  New technologies that enable methods and novel approaches have rapidly emerged in the new millennium.   As aspiring statisticians and data scientists, students recognize the importance of learning mathematics and theory associated with these careers, as well as the applications of statistical analysis and data analytics.  That seems necessary… but is it sufficient? For this talk I will explain why becoming the best statistician and/or data scientist involves much more than technical training. Using stories from throughout my 40+ year career, I will illustrate the secret ingredients that are needed to bolster your career and how to access them. To give you a clue, it’s all about a journey of discovery, one that is more personal than you might think!

Student Moderators: Jyontika Kapoor and Tayae Rogers, Wellesley College



3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (ET)

Graduate School Information Session

Joyee Ghosh, Associate Professor of Statistics and Actuarial Science, The University of Iowa 

Jaylen Lee, Principal Statistician, University of California, Irvine

Shiyu Shu, PhD student in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, The George Washington University

Jessica George, PhD student in Biostatistics, University of Southern California

Student Moderators: Divij Jain and Samantha Kilcoyne, Williams College



3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Panel Discussion About Career

Maria Terres, Senior Staff Data Scientist, Waymo LLC

Aaron Williams, Senior Data Scientist, Urban Institute

Rolando Rodriguez, Supervisory Mathematical Statistician, U.S. Census Bureau

Izabella Rivera, Business Analyst, New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation

Student Moderators: Shelby Tisdale and Elyse McFalls, Duke University



4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. (ET)

Closing Remarks