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Biostatistics PhD student earns first place at Penn State’s Graduate Exhibition

Penn State biostatistics doctoral candidate Nour Hawila was among the winners announced during the Graduate Exhibition 2022. The 37th annual event highlighted research and creative accomplishments by Penn State graduate students.

Hawila was a first-place winner in the physical sciences and mathematics category for his research, Bayesian Analysis of Interrater and Intrarater Reliability with Multilevel Data, which used simulations to reveal the effect of different approaches on assessing reliability. What set his presentation apart was that this research was the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive Bayesian assessment of interrater and intrarater reliability in nested data. Interrater reliability measures how consistent different judges are in evaluating the same phenomenon, and intrarater reliability focuses on how consistent a judge is in evaluating the same phenomenon at two different times. This research is important because it could aid in improving the outcomes in clinical trials.

During the event, 68 graduate students earned awards for their contributions to research and creative disciplines including design, visual arts, video and performance. As a first-place winner, Hawila will receive $500.

Read the full list of winners on Penn State News.

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