STAD Student Awards

Miles Actuarial Award - 2021

The Miles Actuarial Award was established in 2007 by CMU professor Dr. Thomas Miles and his wife Cindy. The support goes to students in the STAD Department who passed one or more of the following actuarial exams:

  • P exam
  • FM exam
  • IFM exam
  • LTAM Exam

The award assists in the expense of taking the actuarial exam(s). Preference will be given to active members of Gamma Iota Sigma.


  • Terrence Chandler | Exam FM | Fall 2020
  • Julie Colling | Exam FM | Summer 2020
  • Emma Marie Davis | Exam P | Spring 2021
  • Ally Hatfield | Exam FM | Fall 2020
  • Zachary Honiss | Exam IFM | Fall 2020
  • Kelsey McElroy | Exam P | Spring 2020
  • Kelsey McElroy | Exam FM | Summer 2020
  • Xiwen Wang | Exam FM | Fall 2020

Outstanding Senior Student Award - 2021

This annual award recognizes outstanding senior students in the STAD Department with exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements. STAD faculty chose four students based on:

  • overall GPA 
  • statistics & actuarial GPA
  • faculty recommendations

Each student was also asked to submit an application explaining their extracurricular activities and future plans.

Zachary Honiss - Award Recipient

Award Finalists: Samantha Lowe, Julie Colling, Michaela Tawney, and Matthew Yager

Outstanding Teaching Award - 2021

This annual award recognizes outstanding Teaching Assistants in the STAD Department with exceptional teaching skills.

Doctoral TA award recipient: Lateefat Rufai
Master`s TA award recipient: Milan Neupane

Best Tutor Award

This annual award recognizes students in the STAD Department who provide outstanding tutoring on STA 282QR or other statistics subjects at the Mathematical Assistance Center.

Outstanding Graduate Tutor Award – Margaret Amissah-Mensah
Outstanding Undergraduate Tutor Award – Samantha Lowe

Daniel & Barbara Wardrop Award for Applied Statistics & Actuarial Sciences

The Wardrop Award is supporting senior undergraduate students in the Department of Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences who intend to pursue a graduate degree, whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.5 and have 12 credit hours remaining during the last semester at CMU.

The selection criteria are based on:

  • Academic performance
  • An essay describing their interest and intent in earning a masters or doctoral degree in the fields of statistics or actuarial science
  • General GRE score

Preference will also be given to applicants who articulate a desire to attend Virginia Tech University for their graduate program of choice.

The application deadline is September 30.

The winner will be selected by the end of October and announced at the end of November.

The official announcement will be presented by Dr. Dan Wardrop and his family during the Christmas Celebration dinner in December.

The 2021 award winner will receive $2500.