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Ana Maria Kenney

Ana Maria Kenney

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517 Wartik Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802



  1. MS in Applied Mathematics, May 2015 at the University of Colorado Denver
  2. BS in Mathematics, May 2012 at California State University Stanislaus


I am a PhD candidate (ABD) in the Department of Statistics and the Intercollege dual-title degree program with Operations Research here at Penn State. I am also a Bunton-Waller Fellow – a fellowship given to promising graduate students from underrepresented cultural and ethnic backgrounds – and a member of the Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge (B2D2K) predoctoral training program. To learn more about me, please visit my website linked above.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily at the interface of statistics, optimization, and computational biology applied to the “Omics” sciences. I develop techniques that utilize modern optimization tools for the analysis of large, complex, sometimes frustratingly noisy, data. As a member of the B2D2K program, I also receive specialized training to tackle challenges when working with complex, biomedical data including scalability and data privacy for ethical use.

Honors and Awards

  • Accepted into the Penn State Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge predoctoral training program, Fall 2017
  • Robert Graham Endowed Fellowship, Spring/Fall 2016
  • Jack and Eleanor Pettit Scholarship in Science, Spring/Fall 2016
  • Awarded the Bunton-Waller Fellowship from the Penn State Eberly College of Science, 2015
  • Recipient of the Lynn Bateman Memorial Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and contribution to the University of Colorado Denver Math department, Spring 2015

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