Edward C. Bryant Scholarship Trust Fund Award Recipient for 2016 Announced


The Edward C. Bryant Scholarship Trust Fund Award for 2016 was presented to Judith N. Law of the University of Maryland. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students in survey statistics to help support their graduate education.

Westat established the Edward C. Bryant Scholarship Trust Fund Award in 1995 to honor the late Edward C. Bryant, PhD, our cofounder and Chair Emeritus. Under Dr. Bryant’s leadership, Westat has grown into one of the world’s leading statistical research corporations serving federal, state, and local governments, as well as businesses and foundations. Jill DeMatteis, PhD, an Associate Director of Westat’s Statistical Staff, serves on the Bryant Scholarship Committee.

Ms. Law became interested in the field of survey statistics when she took a course in small area estimation taught by Partha Lahiri, PhD, at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland during her first year of the PhD program in Applied Statistics.

Ms. Law, who has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, recognized the value of having a foundation in specialized statistical methods to complement her business knowledge.

“The years that I spent working after receiving my MBA have given me insight into how business leaders make decisions and formulate strategy. I know that better decisions could be made in many arenas with the use of modern statistical methods,” she explained. “I am very honored to receive the Edward C. Bryant Scholarship to help me further to this goal.”

This year’s award was announced at the American Statistical Association (ASA) 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings in Chicago, Illinois.

The ASA is the world’s largest community of statisticians. For 177 years, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy.