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Huaiwen Dong receives this year’s Nash Medal

The Nash Medal this year is awarded to Huaiwen Dong. Huaiwen has completed a major in Statistics and a minor in Arts, and she will graduate with distinction. Throughout her academic career, Huaiwen has received many honours and awards, including the Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarship in Statistics. Huaiwen has also contributed greatly to the undergraduate student community through her involvement with the Undergraduate Statistics Society.

The Nash Medal in Statistics is...

Bioinformatics student Rebecca Asiimwe wins 2018-19 Data Science Award

We are happy to announce that the winner of the 2019 Data Science Award is UBC Bioinformatics M.Sc. student Rebecca Asiimwe.

The Data Science Award is offered annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated initiative and creativity in making outstanding contributions in the field of Data Science. The initiative and creativity Rebecca has shown are certainly noteworthy. Rebecca’s nominator praised Rebecca’s enthusiasm and creativity in integrating data science...

Congratulations to the 2018 Marshall Prize co-winners, Harlan Campbell and Eric Fu!

The Departmental Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the co-winners of the 2018 Marshall Prize are Eric Fu and Harlan Campbell. Their PhD supervisors are respectively Nancy Heckman and Paul Gustafson. Eric defended his PhD thesis in February and Harlan will be defending soon. Both have accomplished independent research in their theses with several published and/or submitted papers.

Eric contributed a lot to the Department as graduate representative, TA and WebWork developer...

Professor Jim Zidek awarded the 2019 David Rees Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

Professor Jim Zidek has been awarded the 2019 David Rees Distinguished Visiting Fellowship that enables mathematical scientists to visit the University of Exeter. The announcement for the Award states that “during the period of their visit at the University, David Rees Fellows will:

  • present a public lecture in the University’s Inspiring Science Series
  • present specialist lectures or seminars on a topic aligned to their research interests
  • be engaged in research...

Statistics Associate Professor Alex Bouchard-Côté wins Young Faculty Award

Statistics Associate Professor Alex Bouchard-Côté has just received the 2018 UBC/PIMS Mathematical Sciences Young Faculty Award.

In addition to receiving a monetary award, Alex will give a PIMS-UBC Distinguished Colloquium lecture in the fall. You can read PIMS's announcement, which includes some nice background information, here:

Call for Nominations: Department of Statistics Award in Data Science 2019

The Department of Statistics is soliciting nominations for the Department of Statistics Award in Data Science, an award to recognize the importance of developing and applying tools to answer important questions through the analysis of data. This $1,000 award is offered to an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated initiative and creativity in making outstanding contributions in the field of Data Science. The award is made on the recommendation of the Department of Statistics...

Thé Ha wins Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award

Our IT Director, Thé Ha (a.k.a. help [at]!), is a 2018 recipient of a Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award!

Thé has provided us with consistently excellent IT support for many years; hence, an "Excellence" award is truly befitting. But Thé's contributions go much further. By optimizing our computing infrastructure, he has provided an environment where faculty and graduate students can...

Assistant Professor Sara Mostafavi awarded CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair

Assistant Professor Sara Mostafavi has been awarded a Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence (CCAI) Chair!

CIFAR is the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, funded by the federal government and various provincial governments, including BC. According to the guideline for the CCAI chairs program, "the intent is to recruit and retain leading AI researchers, and to increase the research and training capacity in Canada ... all CCAI Chairs (are) either established researchers of the...

Free Statistical Consultation: November 2018 Call

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

  • STAT 450/550: Term 2 only, open to anyone, via students in STAT 450/STAT 550 mentored by faculty; accepting projects for Term 2 2018–19 from now until January 11, 2019.
  • SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students): year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical...

UBC's first B.Sc. Data Science course is starting January 2019

Nowadays, data is everywhere and making sense of it can be the key to success. To keep up with the world, students need to learn the skills to extract relevant information from data. The Department of Statistics is excited to provide UBC’s first undergraduate Data Science course, DSCI 100 - Introduction to Data Science, starting January 2019. See