Each year the Oregon State Statistics Student Organization (OSSSO) presents the "OSSSO award" to a faculty member for their significant contribution to the educational experience of Statistic students. This year’s award recipient is Associate Professor, Sarah Emerson.
The students noted Professor Emerson's exceptional teaching of ST 551, Statistical Methods I and ST 563, Theory of Statistics III. One OSSSO member stated,-- “I would like to thank Sarah for her encouraging approach to teaching and for her warm, welcoming demeanor anytime I stepped into her office. Even faced with difficult material in ST 551 and ST 563 or comprehensive exams, I knew that I could go to her and get a careful explanation and leave with a better understanding. Also, Sarah's extra help for comps over the summer was so helpful and I appreciate it so much. “.
The students especially valued Professor Emerson's dedication to their success for the fall comprehensive exams. One student noted that-- "Sarah went above and beyond not only for courses but especially for comp. She held weekly office hours twice and ran over 2+ hours each office hour occasionally". As mentioned by the students, these office hours were extremely helpful and contributed to the understanding and synthesizing of the material.
As one OSSSO member stated, "Thank you so much for your patience and willingness to help us learn, despite the challenging circumstances of covid you are an excellent teacher!!"
Thank you, Sarah Emerson, for your significant contribution.