Fifth-year doctoral student Yan Liu (right) stands in front of the White House in Washington with his advisor, Christopher McMahan.

Fifth-year doctoral student Yan Liu (right) stands in front of the White House with mathematical sciences assistant professor Christopher McMahan.
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CLEMSON — Yan Liu, a fifth-year doctoral student in Clemson University’s department of mathematical sciences, has received a Distinguished Student Paper Award from the International Biometric Society.

Liu’s paper, “A General Framework for The Regression Analysis of Pooled Biomarker Assessments,” was selected as one of the 20 award-winners at the 2017 Eastern North American Region spring meeting on March 12-15 in Washington, D.C.

“My time spent in Washington was wonderful,” Lui said after the conference. “I got a chance to communicate with many outstanding students and professors from other universities, and to learn the latest research. I really gained a lot from this meeting. And I want to thank Clemson University, the department of mathematical sciences and my advisers.”

The award included a stipend that covered up to $650 of Liu’s travel and lodging expenses to attend the meeting, where he presented his work at an oral contributed paper session. As a student winner, Liu also received a free one-year membership in the organization, which provides electronic access to its flagship journal Biometrics, as well as other professional benefits.

“The recognized paper was part of Liu’s dissertation research on transforming the collection and analysis of data, particularly in the process of aggregation,” said Christopher McMahan, assistant professor of mathematical sciences. “The research he is doing allows for significant reductions in cost by analyzing pooled data in place of individual-level data, rendering the same results at a fraction of the price.”

Yan Liu was one of 20 award winners who were honored at the 2017 Eastern North American Region spring meeting.

Yan Liu was one of 20 award winners who were honored at the 2017 Eastern North American Region spring meeting.
Image Credit: Clemson University

In 2009, Liu moved to the United States from the city of Weifang in China’s ShanDong Province to pursue his doctorate in mathematical sciences after earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in China. At Clemson, he has been a teaching assistant and is now a research assistant. Liu has received several other awards, including a Professional Enrichment Grant from Clemson University and an Outstanding Undergraduate Student award from Sunyat-sen University in China.

“Liu has been an outstanding student throughout his graduate career, and has continued to surpass my expectations,” said McMahan, who is Liu’s adviser.

Eastern North American Region is a 1,500-member society of mathematicians, biological scientists and statisticians. Its goal is advancing the collection and interpretation of information in biosciences.

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