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Professor Ruben Zamar and PhD student Andy Leung awarded NSERC Egage Grant

Professor Ruben Zamar and Dr. Saber Miresmailli, founder and CEO of Ecoation Innovative Solution Inc. (EIS), have been awarded an NSERC Engage Grant to fund a joint research project, which includes funding for a four-month internship for Statistics PhD student Andy Leung. The project involves Dr. Miresmailli's cutting-edge research on automatic (robot) sensing of different chemicals released by plants in response to pest infections. Dr. Miresemailli anticipates that the commercial...

MathTube Recording of Jim Zidek's Seminar from November 26th

On November 26, 2015, Statistics Professor Emeritus Jim Zidek gave an exciting seminar titled: "The long road to 0.075 ppm and beyond: The statistician’s perspective on the process for setting ozone standards".

In case you missed the lecture, you may watch a recording that PIMS made of it...

Call for Nominations: Department of Statistics Award in Data Science

The Department of Statistics is soliciting nominations for the recently established 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 $1000 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...

Statistics Department Award in Data Science

In 2014-15, the Statistics Department announced a new student award, in Data Science, and received many excellent nominations. 

This award's first recipient is Rosemary McCloskey, a Master’s student in Bioinformatics, in recognition of her contributions to a large-scale project on virus evolution at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

You can read more about Rosemary at:

Two Upcoming Lectures by van Eeden Invited Speaker Professor Roger Cooke

Coming up in September, the Statistics Department will be hosting two lectures by van Eeden invited lecturer Professor Roger Cooke (Chauncey Starr Chair for Risk Analysis, Resources for the Future, USA; and Department of Mathematics, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands).

The lectures will be on Tuesday, September 22nd and on Thursday, September 24th. There will be small receptions before each lecture in the lobby of...

Statistics course offers training in Data Science

This fall, the department is very pleased to expand upon the popular Exploratory Data Analysis Course (STAT 545A) by offering a follow-up topics course titled "Basic Training for Data Science" (STAT 547M) Both courses are open to graduate students from any discipline.

For more information, go here.

Student Paper Award Winner - Camila de Souza

Dr. Camila de Souza has been selected to receive the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics’ Best Student Paper Award for her paper "Switching nonparametric regression models”.  
This is work that came from Camila’s thesis, under the supervision of Nancy Heckman, and is work that Camila has been extending this summer with USRA Helena Xu.  The paper and Camila’s current work involve estimating regression functions that are piecewise smooth, with changes driven by a latent state...

Nancy Heckman Elected to Serve on Council of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Dr. Nancy Heckman, professor and Head of Statistics at UBC, has been elected to serve on the Council of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, as announced in the July 15, 2015 issue of the IMS Bulletin.
Her term will be for a period of three years, beginning with the IMS Business Meeting at the Joint Statistical Meetings that will take place in Seattle over the period Aug 8 – 13, 2015....

Awards from the Statistical Society of Canada Annual Meeting (June 14-17, 2015)

The department has much to celebrate in terms of awards after the SSC’s Annual Meeting that took place in Halifax in June this year.


CRM-SSC Prize Winner—Matías Salibián-Barrera

The CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics is awarded annually by the SSC and the Centre de recherches mathématiques (Montréal), and it recognizes a statistical scientist's professional accomplishments in research during the first fifteen years...

2014 Nash Medal Winner - Tian Qi (Ricky) Chen

The Nash Medal in Statistics is a prize given to the most outstanding graduating student in the B.Sc. program in Statistics. This year, it has been awarded to Tian Qi (Ricky) Chen.

Ricky graduated with joint Honours in Statistics and Computer Science and is entering the M.Sc. program in Computer Science at UBC this fall.

Congratulations, Ricky!


The Nash Medal is supported by the...