Meridith L Bartley

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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.


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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.




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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.

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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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