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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...

CANSSI Collaborative Team Grant Awarded to Alex Bouchard-Côté and Co-researchers

Statistics Associate Professor Alex Bouchard-Côté and co-researchers have been awarded a CANSSI Collaborative Team Grant to support the project "Statistical Methods for Challenging Problems in Public Health Microbiology”.  The three-year $180,000 grant will support the team's development of methods that will help public heath authorities control the development of drug resistance and the spread of epidemic outbreaks.

From the project proposal:

Pathogenic microbial...

Free Statistical Consulting from Stat 450/550 still available

The UBC Statistics Department offers free statistical analysis, via STAT 450/550, accepting projects for term 2 2017-18 from Nov 9 - Jan 20. 


As part of our ongoing efforts to bring current research into the classroom and promote interdisciplinary collaborations, the students enrolled in STAT 450 (Case Studies in Statistics) will provide free statistical analyses in Term 2 of each academic year. In addition, a group of graduate...

Undergraduate Statistics Student Katie Li Receives a FoS Excellence in Service Award

Katie (Zijing) Li has been honoured with a Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Awards 2017. Katie is a fourth-year undergraduate Statistics major who has been active in enhancing the UBC undergraduate experience through her participation and leadership in UBC-established programs and her leadership in the recently established Undergraduate Statistics Society (USS).

Thank you, Katie, for your contributions to the Faculty of Science community.

Call for Nominations: Department of Statistics Award in Data Science 2018

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...