PhD student receives award from American Statistical Association

Dave Kline, a PhD student in the Division of Biostatistics, was the inaugural recipient of the Lester R. Curtin Award from the American Statistical Association (ASA).

The award will provide registration and travel support to the ASA Conference on Statistical Practice, which takes place in February. The conference brings together statisticians and provides an opportunity to learn about the latest statistical methodologies and best practices.  

“I am honored to be the first winner of the Lester R. Curtin Award,” Kline said. “The spirit of the award really encapsulates the kind of work that I envision myself doing after graduation.  It is also encouraging to be recognized by the American Statistical Association for my future aspirations and the progress that I have made toward achieving them.”

According to the ASA, the Lester R. Curtin Award was recently established to help promising young health statisticians get the skills and training they need to make significant contributions in their area of study. The award was created to honor the memory of Curtin, and his long career of working tirelessly to teach and mentor his colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's  National Center for Health Statistics.

Kline said the sessions at the ASA conference will allow him to learn about new statistical techniques, ways to improve communication with collaborators, and how to serve as a better consultant.


After working for nearly two years as an intern at the Penn State College of Medicine in the Division of Biostatistics, Kline was drawn to the field.

“I was able to work on a variety of projects while I was there, and my eyes were opened to the wide variety of interesting projects that a biostatistician can work on,” Kline said. “After that experience, I decided that I wanted to pursue a similar career for myself, which led me to Ohio State.”

Kline hopes to use his degree to work in health research, and possibly in a research medical center setting.

“I would like to work collaboratively with doctors and other researchers to use my knowledge to contribute to their research projects,” Kline said. “I would also like the opportunity to continue my own statistical research.  A job of this nature would allow me to help to advance both health and statistical research.”


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).