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This year's recipients of the Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships

We’re pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships, Hayden McTavish and Naitong Chen.

Naitong Chen is entering his fourth year in the Statistics program. He’s currently working on a summer USRA with our department’s Assistant Professor Trevor Campbell.

Hayden McTavish is entering his third year in the Combined Major Statistics and Computer Science program. He's also working on a summer USRA, co-...

Professor Will Welch awarded Fellow of the American Statistical Association

At the recent 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings, Will Welch was recognized as Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). 

The citation reads:

For his pioneering work in the establishment and development of the design and analysis of computer experiments; for blending creative computational and statistical methodology, both in...

Free Statistical Consultation: 2019/2020

The Department of Statistics 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; currently accepting projects for Term 1 2019–20
  • SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students): Year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical consultant and a Statistics...

Celebrating the career of Professor Rollin Brant

Our professor Rollin Brant is retiring after a brilliant collaborative career in biostatistics. As a professor in the Department of Statistics and an investigator at BC Children’s Hospital, Rollin made many significant contributions to the health sciences.

To read about Rollin's career, see BC Children...

Assistant Professor Marie Auger-Méthé named CRC Tier II in Statistical Ecology

We were very happy to read the Government of Canada’s recent announcement of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), especially because one of our Assistant Professors, Marie Auger-Méthé, was on the list of new CRC recipients. Marie has now been named as a CRC Tier II in Statistical Ecology.

Marie holds a joint position as an Assistant Professor in the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and in the Department of Statistics. Her work involves Ecology, Statistics, and Marine...

Two New Faculty Members

The Department is very pleased to announce that two new Assistant Professors are joining our ranks this summer!

Dr. Benjamin Bloem-Reddy will take up his appointment on July 1, 2019. Ben obtained his Ph.D. in Statistics from Columbia University in 2017 then subsequently was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford. His work in statistical learning and applied probability delves into new methods and theory for the analysis of...

Lucy Mosquera receives PIMS travel support

Our M.Sc. student Lucy Mosquera received support from the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) for attending and presenting a poster at the recent Atlantic Causal Inference Conference (ACIC) 2019 in Montreal (worth CAD 1,250).

The title of Lucy’s poster was "Comparing the Performance of Instrumental Variable Methods When Estimating the Causal Effect of Treatment In Pragmatic Trials with Non-Compliance", a work under the supervision of Dr. Ehsan Karim, SPPH, UBC....

Department’s Ph.D. students Xin Ding and Qiong Zhang winners at 2019 SSC Annual Meeting

We were pleased to hear news from the 2019 Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) Annual Meeting that two of our Statistics Ph.D. students, Xin Ding and Qiong Zhang, won the Case Study #1 category ( in the 2019 Case Studies in Data Analysis Competition at this year’s SSC Annual Meeting.

Qiong and Xin...

Lucy Mosquera receives the 2018 Rick White Award

The Rick White Award recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in statistical science through collaboration with investigators in another discipline on a substantial application. The award honours the memory of Rick White, who served the department and the university with his gifts in Applied Statistics.

The winner of this year’s Rick White Award is Lucy Mosquera, an M.Sc. student in our Biostatistics program. Lucy is an outstanding student with exceptional...

Jonathan Agyeman wins the 2018 GTA Award

Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) play a vital role in our department. Every year since 2011, we have recognized the excellent work of our GTAs through the Department of Statistics’ Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Award.

This year, Jonathan Agyeman is the recipient of the Department’s GTA Award. Jonathan has been contributing to the Department's teaching mission since he joined the graduate program in 2015. He quickly distinguished himself as a professional and...