Mathematical Statistics senior wins coveted G.A. Ross Award


About a dozen dignitaries from Purdue University and the College of Science huddled outside of a Statistics class in University Hall.

Some giggled in excitement and had to be shushed. In a few minutes, they were about to surprise Purdue’s most outstanding graduating male senior with the annual G.A. Ross Award.

At just after 3 p.m., an MP3 of “Hail Purdue” was dialed up on an iPhone and deans, department heads, professors and advisors piled in to award Austin Childs with the coveted honor, which comes with $1,000.

A native of Acworth, Ga., Childs is a Mathematical Statistics major with plans of graduate school in the near horizon. A mainstay on the Dean’s list and honor rolls, it’s much more than grades that get a student nominated for a Ross Award. Named after a 1916 Purdue alumnus, the award looks at a young man’s service to campus and community.

Aside from crunching data, Childs’ time as an RA at McCutcheon Hall, 2013 College of Science Outstanding Undergraduate, his internships at John Deere working in risk analyses and Jaeb Center for Health Research monitoring data from new ways to treat Parkinson's disease, and volunteering at Habitat for Humanity forced Mathematics and Statistics advisor Sue Young to nominate Childs for the Ross.

“He not only has all of these amazing activities and outstanding academic record,” Young said, “but here he is going out and spending extra time doing things for people. It’s both.”

Austin Childs receives G.A. Ross Award

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