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StatSpace: resources for teaching introductory statistics

StatSpace, produced through the Flexible Learning Introductory Statistics (FLIS) Project, is now available in a "soft launch" form.  This preliminary version allows you to explore and use the current resources, namely, web visualizations, videos, WebWorK questions and some clicker questions, material that has been team-vetted and trialed on thousands of UBC students. 

StatSpace grew out of the Department’s goal of improving cross-...

Thorne-Tanabe Graduate Entrance Scholarship Recipients- 2017

The Anona Thorne and Takao Tanabe Graduate Entrance Scholarship was established through the generosity of UBC Statistics alumna Anona Thorne and her husband Takao Tanabe. The scholarship is offered annually to students entering a graduate program in Statistics. Anona Thorne (BA '91 Mathematics; MSc '93 Statistics) is a double alumna of UBC and went on to an interesting career using her statistics training at the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network at Saint Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Takao...

Dr John & Barbara Petkau Scholarships Awarded to Huaiwen (Angela) Dong and Kenny Chiu

This year’s recipients of the Dr John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships are Huaiwen (Angela) Dong and Kenny Chiu.  

Kenny is entering his fourth year in a combined honours in Statistics and Computer Science (CS) and is also in the CS co-op program. Kenny is currently working on Data Migration with the UBC SASI team that is in charge of the initiative to replace the current student information system (Goodbye CONNECT! Hello CANVAS!). He is involved with data-related activities...

Free Statistical Consultation: November 2017 call

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

  • SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students):  accepted year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical consultant and a Statistics graduate student 
  • STAT 551:  accepted for consulting in Term 1 only,  open to anyone, via students in STAT 551 mentored by faculty; may be possible to still...

Scotiabank funds Statistics research on Risk Analytics

Professors Natalia Nolde and Harry Joe (UBC-V Statistics) and John Braun (UBC-O Statistics) have received funding to help Scotiabank in its efforts to advance financial modelling to help manage risks and protect customers. You can read more about the $2,000,000 Scotiabank has provided UBC as part of its Scotiabank Cybersecurity and Risk Analytics Initiative here:  https://...

Janet Lam receives Nash Medal

The Nash Medal this year is awarded to Janet Lam. Janet has completed a major in Statistics and a minor in Computer Science, and she will graduate this year with distinction. The majority of her grades have been in the 90s, and she has completed 4 Co-op work terms. Last year, Janet was awarded the Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarship, and she has also received the Trek Excellence scholarship as well as scholarships from the Computer Science Department. 

The Nash Medal in...

Guohai Zhou and Kris Hong first recipients of Rick White Award

Undergraduate Kris Hong and PhD student Guohai Zhou are the first recipients of the Rick White Award. This recently established 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.  

Kris is...

UBC Statistics honours 3 teams of students at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair

The Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair, held at UBC April 6 – 8, 2017, showcased amazing projects from students from many schools in the Lower Mainland. This year, we honoured these 3 teams of students with the 2017 UBC Statistics Award: 

Junior division 

“Qui le dit en premier” 

By Claudia Hill and Isabella Haas-Bardi from Alpha Secondary 

Read about their project: ...

Eric Fu Wins Department's GTA Award

Graduate Teaching Assistants are crucial to the Department’s teaching activities. Every year since 2011, we have recognized GTA excellence via the Statistics Department Graduate Teaching Award.

Eric Fu is this year’s recipient of the award. Eric has served the Department’s teaching mission and its graduate student community in many ways. He has served as a GTA in over 7 different courses with an enormous breadth of topics, from STAT 241/251 to STAT 443 to DSCI 521. He has...

Fred (Hongyang) Zhang Wins 2016-17 Data Science Award

We are pleased to announce that Fred (Hongyang) Zhang has won the Department’s 2016-17 Data Science Award.

Fred recently completely his PhD under the supervision of Ruben Zamar. Fred has made important contributions to Data Science through his PhD dissertation research and far beyond. Fred spent an extended MITACS internship period at Metafor Software Inc., which became full-time employment. His Data Science work at Metafor is considered an industry secret and cannot be published...