The Department of Statistics in fall 2018 will officially launch its inaugural Jean D. Gibbons Graduate Fellows in Statistics. Its first recipients are Annie Sauer, who earned a bachelor’s in applied mathematics in May from Auburn University, and Tessa Anwyll, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 2014 and a master’s in mathematical education in 2015, both from Virginia Tech.
Sauer will pursue a master’s degree, with a research focus in the application of statistics to health problems.
Anwyll’s undergraduate research was in mathematics education, in two projects: evaluation of student learning in college linear algebra; and study of pre-service elementary school teacher’s knowledge of fractions.
Jean Dickinson Gibbons, who earned a doctoral degree in statistics from Virginia Tech in 1962, has been a longtime supporter of the Department of Statistics. The department’s graduate program was named in recognition of a generous gift made by Gibbons in 2014. Gibbons’ own career focused on education, with faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Alabama.