Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI’s Deputy Director and Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University, received an honorary doctoral degree in statistics from Thammasat University (TU) in Thailand. This is one of the highest forms of recognition a university can offer. Thammasat University primarily gives honorary doctorates to people from Thailand. Ghosh has been visiting the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at TU since the summer of 2005. “I have offered several short courses (e.g., Bayesian methods, Monte Carlo statistics, spatial statistics) which have now been incorporated into their doctoral curriculum,” said Ghosh. In addition to graduate students, the courses were attended by the local faculty from TU and now their faculty are trained to offer such courses on their own. Ghosh also co-supervised four doctoral students from TU who initially attended his courses and then worked with him on completing their doctoral dissertations. Three of them visited him at NCSU during the last six months of their doctoral programs to complete their theses, and all are now lecturers at renowned universities in Thailand.

“I am truly honored to receive this recognition from Thammasat University. I hope to continue our wonderful relationship,” said Ghosh.