The German Region of the International Biometric Society annually honors the best biometric Master and, occasionally, Bachelor theses in Germany with the Bernd-Streitberg-Award.
The study program Mathematical Biometry is still rather young, having started in 2008. Since Ulm Master graduates have first been eligible to apply for the Award, four out of seven awards have been given to Ulm students, making the Ulm program stand out on a national level.
This year's award winners are Alexandra Bühler and Regina Stegherr who were invited to present their work at the joint meeting of the German, Swiss, Austrian and Polish regions of the International Biometric Society in Vienna in late August. In her Bachelor thesis, Alexandra Bühler has provided an innovative causal analysis of the impact of hospital-acquired infections in intensive care. Regina Stegherr's Master thesis offers the first solution to the long-standing open problem of unobserved baseline biomarkers in observational studies with delayed entry and was already successfully applied in diabetes registry data.
Professor Jan Beyersmann, who has supervised the theses of the award winners, comments: "The program Mathematical Biometry at Ulm University is unique in that it combines a thorough education in Mathematics and Stochastics with a clear application focus in the life sciences. The series of Bernd-Streitberg-Awardees from Ulm documents the success of the program."