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Free Statistical Consultation: August 2018 call

The Statistics Department offers several types of free statistical consultation, via SOS, STAT 551 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 2018–19 up until November 1, 2018
  • SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students):  year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical consultant and a Statistics...

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

Free Public Lecture by Jeffery Rosenthal

Jeffrey Rosenthal, author of the best-selling book Struck by Lightning:  The Curious World of Probabilities and professor at the University of Toronto, speaks:

Born on Friday the Thirteenth: The Curious World of Probabilities

Monday, July 30, 2018: 7pm – 8pm

Vancouver Convention Centre, West Ballroom A

You don’t need to register; you don’t need to pay anything.

The talk will use randomness and...

UBC Statistician and Field Biologist researches penguins

Department of Statistics and Institute for the Oceans & Fisheries Assistant Professor Marie Auger-Méthé not only analyzes data, she collects it. Learn about her research team’s work on Gentoo penguins in the Falkland Islands from UBC News:   

UBC’s first undergraduate Data Science course (DSCI 100—Introduction to Data Science)

We are happy to announce the launch of UBC’s first undergraduate Data Science course, DSCI 100—Introduction to Data Science. It will be offered in Term 2 of the 2018/2019 Academic year (January – April 2019). A working version of the course syllabus is available here: Please note that there is no overlap (credit exclusion) with STAT 200. Space is limited for this first-time offering, and we will not be...

Registration Open for Animal Movement Analysis Workshop at UBC (June 18-22, 2018)

The Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in collaboration with the British Ecological Society’s (BES) Movement Ecology Special Interest Group (, will be hosting a workshop for graduate students and...

The Mean Squared Terrors Win the UBC Intramural Futsal Championship!

The Mean Squared Terrors have been proudly flying the Statistics flag in UBC's indoor and outdoor soccer leagues for the past 4 years. After many seasons of heartbreak and disappointment in which the Terrors failed to progress through a play-off round, this year they won the UBC indoor league for the first time.

The line-up of Daniel Dinsdale, David Kepplinger, Joe Watson, Jonathan (Pep) Agyeman, Jonathan Steif, and Matías Salibián-Barrera reached the final on the back of solid...

Michael Skinnider receives this year's Data Science Award

Michael is in the combined MD/PhD program, working in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard J. Foster, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Life Sciences Centre, where he develops bioinformatic methods to interrogate the protein-protein interactome. Michael and a fellow MD/PhD student have led an independent project integrating results from small scale literature experiments with several transcriptomic and other ‘omic studies’ of spinal cord injury (SCI) to characterize the pathophysiological...

Congratulations to 2017 GTA Award Winner, David Kepplinger!

Graduate Teaching Assistants play an important role in the department. Every year since 2011, we have recognized GTA excellence via the Statistics Department's Graduate Teaching Award.

David Kepplinger is this year’s recipient of the award. David has been, and continues to be, an important part of the Department’s teaching mission. He has served for two years in the training of Department Teaching Assistants and has furthered training in modern methods in statistics through...

Marshall Prize: Congratulations, Tanja Högg!

Statistics Ph.D. student Tanja Högg is the recipient of this year’s Marshall Prize. Tanja is carrying out her Ph.D. research under the joint supervision of Paul Gustafson, John Petkau and Yinshan Zhao, focussing on Bayesian methods for the analysis of misclassified data that arise in the context of health administrative database studies. She works in collaboration with Professor Helen Tremlett’s Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis (PiMS) Research Group, determining statistical methods...