Jiayang Sun, Professor, Bernard Dunn Eminent Scholar, and Chair

Department of Statistics


Sun is Professor, Chair, and Bernard Dunn Eminent Scholar at the Department of Statistics, George Mason University. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford. Before joining GMU in August 2019, she was Professor of the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and the Director of the Center for Statistical Research, Computing and Collaboration (SR2c), Case Western Reserve University. She also served as the inaugural ASA/ACM/AMS/IMS/MAA/SIAM Science & Technology Policy Fellow, working as the Big Data Senior Fellow for Big Data Analytics in the leadership team for PDI at the USDA ARS, Office of National Programs between 9/1/2019-8/31/2020.

Honors and Awords

She is an elected Fellow of American Statistical Association (ASA), an elected Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and an elected Member of International Statistical Institute (ISI). She was the 2016 President of Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS), and has been on various committees in the ASA, IMS, CWS, ISI, and other national and international professional panels and boards. Her work has been supported by awards from the NSF, NIH, NSA,DOD, DOE, VA and ASA.


She has published in top statistical and computational journals, including Annals of Statistics, Journal of American Statistical Association, Annals of Probability, Biometrika, Statistica Sinica, Biometrical Journal, Statistics in Medicine, JCGS and SIAM J Sci. & Stat. Comp, and other statistical and scientific journals. Her statistical research has included confidence bounds and multiple comparisons, biased sampling and measurement errors, mixtures, machine learning, causal Inference, crowdsourcing, EHR, text mining, bioinformatics, network analysis, imaging, longitudinal, high-dimensional and big data. Her interdisciplinary work has included cancer, environmental science, neuroscience, wound care, dental, and biomaterial, in addition to astronomy, computer science, energy, law, and agriculture.