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Professor Jiahua Chen elected as fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada

UBC Statistics Professor Jiahua Chen has been named a new Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canada’s highest academic honour. Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences, and The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. It recognizes excellence, advises the government and the larger society, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and...

Professor Daniel J. McDonald’s talk in the Data Science Applied Research and Education Seminar (ARES) series

Data Science Applied Research and Education Seminar (ARES) collaborated between the Department of Statistical Sciences at University of Toronto and CANSSI Ontario is a new speaker series that showcases opportunities in all realms of society for Data Science. And our faculty member Daniel J. McDonald is one of the speakers in the series!

To join...

Welcoming our three new faculty members

UBC Statistics announces the appointment of three new tenured/tenure track faculty – Lucy Gao, Joel Östblom, and Geoff Pleiss.

Lucy began an Assistant Professor position with us on July 1, 2022.

Joel joined us on August 23, 2022 in an Assistant Professor of Teaching position with a primary focus on the Master of Data Science (MDS) program.

And Geoff will begin his role as an Assistant Professor in the...

Recipients of the 2022 Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarship

This year’s recipients of the Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships are Chenyue Qian and Yujie Chen.

Chenyue Qian is a Statistics major with stellar grades in all courses and the recipient of the Faculty of Science International Student Scholarship and the Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students. In the summer of 2021, he was an intern at the Bank of Ningbo, which helped him...

Free Statistical Consultation: 2022/23

The Statistics Department offers several types of free statistical consultation, via STAT 551, SOS and STAT 450/550, as follows:

  • STAT 551: Term 1 only, open to anyone, via students in STAT 551 mentored by faculty; accepting projects for term 1 2022-23 from now until Oct 31
  • SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students): year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical consultant and a Statistics graduate student...

PhD Student Evan Sidrow receives the 2021 Rick White Award

Congratulation to Evan Sidrow, the recipient of the Rick White Award for the UBC academic year 2021.

Evan has made important contributions to the applied fields of ecology, developing new methods to analyze high frequency biologging data, with a focus on killer whale kinematic data. This work has helped scientists to identify crucial behaviours such as foraging and to understand the differences in health of the Southern and Northern Resident Killer Whales. He is now developing...

Ruijie (Richard) Hou receives Nash Medal

The Nash Medal in Statistics was awarded this academic year to Ruijie (Richard) Hou, who graduates with a combined honours degree in Statistics and Computer Science. Richard has taken many challenging courses, all with very high grades. He has also expanded his skill set by taking the project-based capstone STAT 450 and by working as a co-op student. His co-op work involved application of deep learning in computer vision....

Jonathan Agyeman awarded Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Statistics PhD candidate Jonathan Agyeman has been awarded the prestigious Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2021/2022.

Jonathan has shown an extraordinary commitment to serving the department’s and the university’s teaching mission. He has been an exemplary teaching assistant in over 20 statistics courses, with consistently high student evaluation scores and stellar comments. He has regularly played a leading role in these courses as a Head Teaching Assistant. He has been...

Xin Ding receives the 2021 Marshall Prize

Statistics Ph.D. recipient, Xin Ding, has been awarded the Marshall Prize. Xin recently received his Ph.D., co-supervised by Statistics professor William Welch and Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Jane Wang. Xin’s thesis work was in the exciting area of photo-realistic image generation. His work involved improvement of the techniques of generative adversarial networks and incorporating the ability to generate...

Anthony Christidis wins the 2020-21 Data Science Award

Statistics PhD student Anthony Christidis is the recipient of the 2021-22 Department of Statistics Award in Data Science. Anthony has carried out exceptional work tackling new data analysis problems and collaborating with researchers and industry professionals. He is an expert in scientific computing and software development, in particular, in support of his variable splitting methods that require non-convex...