CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: June 28, 2002
UI graduate student wins Merck Predoctoral Fellowship in Biostatistics
Yang, a University of Iowa College of Public Health graduate student in biostatistics,
has been named the first-ever recipient of the Merck Predoctoral Fellowship
The fellowship, funded by a grant from Merck & Co., Inc., provides $105,000
over a three-year period to the UI College of Public Health to support a highly
qualified individual working toward a doctoral degree in biostatistics at
the UI. The award is intended to promote advanced genetics-oriented research
and strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration in education and research.
The fellowship program consists of two years of academic coursework followed
by a third year of dissertation research. Fellows are expected to focus their
doctoral education on interdisciplinary approaches to advancing biostatistics
and its applications to the public health and genetics sciences.
The award provides a stipend, tuition, training-related costs and travel
to selected professional meetings. Recipients will also travel to Merck &
Co., Inc. during their third year to present their doctoral research.
"It's a terrific honor for Xinqun, of course, but also for the Division
of Statistical Genetics, to have one of our students win this award,"
said Veronica Vieland, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics, psychiatry and genetics
and director of the Division of Statistical Genetics and the Center for Statistical
Genetics Research (CSGR). "The Merck Fellowship is a wonderful mechanism
for fostering talented biostatistics students who are committed to research
careers at the intersection of statistics, genetics and public health."
Yang earned an M.S. degree in biostatistics from the UI in May 2002. He
is currently a Ph.D. student in biostatistics, statistical genetics subtrack,
and works as a research assistant for the CSGR. He previously earned a B.S.
degree in applied chemistry in 1991 from Beijing Medical University School
of Pharmacy in Beijing, China. He then earned a M.S.B.S. in biomedical science
from the Medical College of Ohio department of surgery in 2000. His professional
background includes seven years of work experience with pharmaceutical companies
and two years of research experience in the molecular cell biology of cancer.