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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

The Statistics Department offers two types of free statistical consultation. One is through courses with students mentored by faculty (STAT 551 Term 1, STAT 450 Term 2) and is open to all. The other (SOS—Statistical Opportunity for Students - available only to graduate students at UBC-V), is via a team of a senior consultant and a Statistics graduate student (year-round). One difference between these opportunities is the time commitment from the client and from the Statistics expert. SOS...

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 1st 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...

Andy Leung receives SSC’s Pierre Robillard Award

We are very proud of our PhD alumnus Andy Leung for having received the Pierre Robillard Award from the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). This award recognizes “the best PhD thesis in probability or statistics defended at a Canadian university during the previous year”. Andy won this prize for his thesis “Robust Estimation and Inference under Cellwise and Casewise Contamination”, which was supervised by Professor Ruben Zamar....

Yang (Seagle) Liu Receives Marshall Prize

The recipient of this year’s Marshall Prize is Yang (Seagle) Liu.

Seagle has recently finished his PhD in our department, under the supervision of Jim Zidek. Seagle has been active with the FPInnovations project headed by Jim Zidek and others. For his PhD research, Seagle has been involved with marine mammal tracking. Seagle's thesis focuses on the fusion of tracking model output data with GPS sightings of the animals. In the fusion and computation, he solved some...

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