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Professor Sally Thurston and student Joe CiminelliProfessor Sally Thurston Receives Outstanding Graduate Course Director Award

Dr. Sally W. Thurston was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Course Director Award at the School of Medicine and Dentistry Opening Convocation ceremony on September 8, 2016. 

The nomination process was initiated by Drs. Mike McDermott and Robert Strawderman based on feedback from Ph.D. student Joe Ciminelli, and supported by letters or written statements from all students in Dr. Thurston’s spring 2016 course, BST512: Topics in Statistical Inference II -  Advanced Bayesian Inference. 

In his student nomination letter, Joe Ciminelli noted that “without comparison, this course ranks as the top formal educational experience I have had in graduate school” and that Dr. Thurston “is a teacher at her core, dedicated to students and their learning.”

Professor Matthew McCall Presented with Graduate Student Society Advocacy Award

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) has selected Dr. Matthew N. McCall to receive the 2015 Graduate Student Society Advocacy Award. This annual award recognizes one faculty member's significant contributions to the quality of life and education for graduate students, including leading and/or contributing to academic events, social events, community outreach, and philanthropic efforts.

Professor Mike McDermott Named as Outstanding Graduate Program Director

Dr. Mike McDermott received the Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award at the School of Medicine and Dentistry Opening Convocation ceremony on September 9, 2015. This award is given to an outstanding graduate program director who has made exceptional and/or unique contributions to a graduate program and the graduate student experience within his/her respective program. 

The Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dr. Robert Strawderman, states: “Mike cares very deeply about the quality of our graduate program and the success of its students. Serving as our Director for 15 years is a testament alone to his unwavering commitment. Mike treats students with respect. He is sensitive to their academic and personal concerns, finding solutions to problems where needed in ways that address individual needs while maintaining academic integrity and program rigor. Through his approachability and willingness to serve as a source of both academic and personal advice, he has clearly fostered a culture of respect and unwavering trust in his judgment. He is a very strong and effective advocate for students both within the department and in the University more broadly.”