The first recipients of the Dr John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships are Shuxian Fan and Janet Lam.
Shuxian is entering Year 3 of her program, as a Statistics major. She is taking several Statistics and Economics courses in the coming year. Janet is entering Year 4 of her program, as a Statistics major with a minor in Computer Science. She has been in the Statistics co-op program for the summer 2015 to summer 2016 terms. She will finish her program with two study terms, taking Stat 406 and several CPSC courses. Janet and Shuxian have been doing phenomenally well in their courses, and we are pleased to honour them.
In 2016, John and Barbara Petkau endowed two scholarships to recognize the academic merit of the next generation of statisticians and that these statisticians will have in solving world problems. One scholarship is for a student entering 3rd Year and the other is for a student entering 4th Year.
John Petkau, a professor in the Department, has contributed in many ways to the Department and the discipline with his vision and leadership, his statistical expertise, his generosity of time, and his mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. And his wife, Barbara, deserves special thanks, for generously sharing John's time with us.