Kansas State University


Department of Statistics

Statistics Department Scholarships

Holly and Beth Fryer Scholarship in Statistics

Yeng Xiong has been a PhD student in the department for past year. She has not yet chosen a major professor, but she is interested in learning more about linear models.  She is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Martin with a B.S. in mathematics and a B.S. in history.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, driving, and watching foreign movies and Bollywood films.  Yeng would like to thank her large family (with five sisters and one brother) for encouragement and support.

Richard Opoku-Nsiah PhotoRichard Opoku-Nsiah is a PhD student who just finished his first year in the department.  He is currently preparing for the qualifying exam and has not yet chosen his major professor.  Richard is from Kumasi Ghana and enjoys watching Bollywood movies, dancing, playing chess, and volleyball.  He also enjoys meditation.

Ron and Rae Iman Scholarship in Statistics

Dewey Molenda is an undergraduate student who will be starting his second year at K-State this fall with a major in statistics.  He is from Gardner, Kansas. Dewey enjoys watching movies and playing poker.

Foundation Scholarship in Statistics

Sharif Mahmood is a PhD student who just finished his first year at K-State.  He is planning on taking his qualifying exam this coming January.  He has been spending his time working as a volunteer in a few different charities.  In his spare time he enjoys reading about historical events.  Sharif is from Bangladesh.

Arthur D. and Lavonia B. Dayton Scholarship

 Weijia Jia PhotoWeijia Jia has just finished her second year as a PhD student in the Statistics Department at K-State.  She has not yet begun working on research, but she is interested in high dimensional data.  She is from Shanxi Province, China.  Her hometown Yuncheng is famous for its natural salt pond.  Weijia is married to Xinli, a PhD student in the Mathematics Department at K-State.  Together they enjoy hiking, traveling, and gardening.  Weijia also enjoys sports such as badminton and swimming.

The Howard Siepman Memorial Scholarship

Xiongya Li Photo Xiongya Li has been a PhD student in the department for the past 1.5 years.  He is from Dalian, a city on the coast in northeast China, although he has been in the United States for the last five years.  He has started working with Dr. Weixing Song on a single-index varying-coefficient model with measurement errors.  He would like to continue working with measurement error models and with Dr. Song in the future.  Xiongya likes playing basketball and watching football (he is a big fan of K-State football) in his free time.  He also enjoys eating his favorite food, seafood.  He loves K-State and is really liking his graduate school life.

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