A highly regarded teacher and researcher, Texas A&M statistician Mikyoung Jun is being honored by the American Statistical Association for her outstanding contributions to statistical models and methods for geophysical applications.


Texas A&M University statistician Mikyoung Jun has been selected to receive the American Statistical Association's 2015 ENVR Young Investigator Award, presented by the ASA Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR).

The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of methods, issues, concepts, applications and initiatives in environmental statistics. It is meant to encourage and recognize younger members of the environmental statistics community, specifically individuals who currently hold memberships in ENVR and who have made distinguished contributions to environmental statistics.

The section broadly defines environmental statistics -- from theoretical and foundational to applications and policy -- in order to recognize the full range of activities that academic, governmental and industrial statisticians and scientists study in statistics and the environment.

Jun, an associate professor of statistics who joined the Texas A&M Department of Statistics in 2005, was cited for her outstanding contributions to statistical models and methods for geophysical applications, including the development of covariance functions for spatial and spatio-temporal processes on spherical domains and of methods for assessing goodness-of-fit in spatial models; and for service to the profession. She will be presented with her award at the ENVR business meeting and reception during the Joint Statistical Meetings 2015, set for August 8-13 in Seattle.

Jun received her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago in 2005 just prior to coming to Texas A&M. In the decade since, she has effortlessly dedicated herself to high quality classroom instruction while advising and supervising several students. She is also a highly regarded researcher who has served as associate editor and referee for several top-tier journals. A member of ASA and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics as well as an elected member of the International Statistics Institute, she was a member of the ASA ENVR Student Award Committee from 2006-2008.

Click here to learn more about Jun and her teaching, research and professional service.

For additional information about the American Statistical Association or the Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR), go to http://www.amstat.org/.

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Contact: Elaine James, (979) 845-3143 or elaine@stat.tamu.edu or Dr. Mikyoung Jun, (979) 845-3106 or mjun@stat.tamu.edu

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  • Dr. Mikyoung Jun

  • An image from Jun's past research showing a comparison regarding fitted covariances and cross-covariances.

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