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Biostatistics Graduate Student Association

The Biostatistics Graduate Student Association, founded in 2016, is an American Statistical Association (ASA) chapter and a registered student organization at Vanderbilt University.


We seek to facilitate an environment for students to engage in discussions regarding biostatistics and data science concepts in order to further their knowledge and understanding of the current state of the field.


The BGSA hosts journal club and other gatherings. Its members advise and assist faculty and staff with lightning talks, award nominations, and other programs and resources. Marisa Blackman and Ruby Xiong are in charge of the 2023–2024 journal club sessions.

2023–2024 OFFICERS

President: Marisa Blackman

Vice president: Ruby Xiong

Treasurer: Elisa Yazdani

Secretary: Shengxin Tu

First-year liaisons / outreach chairs: Yeji Ko, Lisa Levoir, Lan Shi