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Statistician Selected as a National Fellow by Mathematics Peers

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Cal State Fullerton mathematics professor Sam Behseta has been selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. The accolade is given to individuals who have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of statistical science.

“This is an important honor,” said Behseta, who joined the University in 2008. “It opens up more opportunities for networking with fellow researchers in my area, and also shows that we can do a remarkable job in training and mentoring undergraduates in the area of statistics and mathematics.”

Behseta’s research interests include statistics in neuroscience and statistical modeling of education data. He has supervised the research activities of many undergraduate students who have continued their education at some of the highest-ranking graduate programs in the country.

He also is the director of CSUF’s Center for Computational and Applied Mathematicsand has co-led several research grants, including projects to advance math teaching and learning among underrepresented students and to train students in “big data” science.

Behseta earned his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, master’s degree from San Diego State University and bachelor’s degree from National University in Iran, all in statistics.

Only one-third of one percent of the total association membership can be elected as a Fellow in each year. Behseta will be recognized Aug. 1 at the association’s annual meeting in Baltimore.