James Matuk, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in Statistics, has been awarded 3rd place at the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum. The Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum showcases the innovative and exemplary research being conducted by Ohio State graduate students across the full range of graduate degree programs and facilitates fruitful exchanges between students, faculty, the administration, and the public. The Forum is co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, and the Office of Research. James' 3rd place award was for an Oral Presentation in the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Section. The presentation was based on a paper entitled "Bayesian Framework for Simultaneous Registration and Estimation of Noisy, Sparse and Fragmented Functional Data" that was done in collaboration with his advisers Dr. Oksana Chkrebtii and Dr. Sebastian Kurtek, along with their collaborator Dr. Karthik Bharath from the University of Nottingham.