2017 Climate and Diversity Award

In January I was awarded one of the Eberly College of Science Climate and Diversity awards for my work and service in both my department and college. The Science Journal has released the article on this award online and may be found here.


Bartley, graduate student in statistics, was nominated by David Hunter, professor and department head of statistics. Bartley has organized countless events—from board game nights to journal clubs to yoga in the conference room—that stimulate positive energy and collegiality among graduate students in the statistics department. One such event, a weekly workshop, allows students to learn from their peers, who take turns presenting on useful topics. She also began an interactive reading and research website for graduate students that facilitates the transition from coursework to research.

“Many of the events or activities that Meridith has started have become woven into the standard way things happen now, and it seems likely that many of her unique contributions will outlast her time at Penn State,” said Hunter.

Bartley served as the first president of the Statistics Graduate Student Association, as an assembly delegate of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, and as a member of the department and college Climate & Diversity Committees. Through her dedication to producing a positive, inclusive, and productive environment, Bartley has encouraged others to become active participants in university, college, and department forums.

“Her skill at engendering a sense of students’ collective ownership of their academic environment is an intangible quality that provides a powerful example to the other students,” said Hunter.

Nominated – UCEM Sloan Scholar

This summer I was nominated by The Pennsylvania State University’s Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs and Eberly College of Science to apply to become a 2017-2018 University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) Scholar.

If chosen as a finalist, this recognition comes with an monetary award and is in addition to the support I currently receive from the University.  These funds would be maintained for use on personal expenses and professional development activities to accelerate success in graduate school.

No idea when I’ll hear back, but this was great news! Update to come.

ISEC 2018 – Student Presenter Award

I am pleased to report a wonderful first experience at the International Statistical Ecology Conference in St. Andrews, Scotland this summer. This conferences was nonstop meeting and connecting with new people, seeing a wide variety of amazing talks, and exploring the local sites. I presented my penalized HMM work and received a lot of great feedback in addition to one of the student presenter awards. Looking forward to ISEC 2020 in Sydney, Australia.




Manuscript Submitted and on arXiv

My first ever statistics paper has now been submitted to JABES and has been posted as a pre-print on arXiv. This manuscript represents two years of hard work, lots of growth as a statistician, and an amazing collaboration. This work has been presented in several forms at the Joint Statistical Meetings and will be presented Summer 2018 at the International Statistical Ecology conference in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Sweet Tea, Science

Along with my friend and college, Rachel Wigginton, I founded and blog for Sweet Tea, Science. We both previously maintained our own person blogs. Always A Scientist was started March 2012 when I was applying to participate in a simulated Mars Mission and continued on from there. Rachel’s personal blog, Practical Ecologist, started in November 2012, although she often contributed to posts on the Always A Scientist blog prior to that. In November of 2013, Rachel approached me with the idea of joining forces and co-blogging under a new name. The name, Sweet Tea, Science, was chosen after much deliberation. It reflects our southern roots and shared love for alliteration (however slight!). We are currently working on writing longer blog posts and hope to inspire others to write guest posts to be published on our blog. You may also find us on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, etc. We post nearly daily on our Tumblr blog where we enjoy interacting with other young scientists and STEM enthusiasts.

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