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CANSSI Collaborative Research Team awards for professors Gabriela Cohen Freue and Will Welch

Congratulations to our professors Gabriela Cohen Freue and Will Welch, who have each received a Collaborative Research Team (CRT) award from the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI). These awards will fund CRT projects that involve collaborators across Canada.

CANSSI CRT projects

CANSSI CRT projects span three years and have a broad research scope. During a project, a team...

CANSSI National Seminar Series: Winter/spring lineup & journal club

Since September, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) has been hosting a series of monthly virtual seminars, broadcast live on the fourth Thursday of the month. The series is continuing this winter and spring with three more speakers. To close the series, there’ll be one additional talk by a distinguished lecturer on April 22, 2021. 

Each speaker will provide a read-ahead journal...

Call for nominations: Department of Statistics Award in Data Science for Academic Year 2020–21

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...

Associate department member Priscilla (Cindy) Greenwood appointed to the Order of Canada

We’re thrilled to hear that Priscilla (Cindy) Greenwood, a professor emeritus in UBC’s Department of Mathematics and an associate member in the Department of Statistics, has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Congratulations on this big honour, Cindy!

Cindy’s award

You can read about Cindy’s award in the Governor General of Canada’s...

Free statistical consultation: November 2020 call

The Statistics Department offers several types of free statistical consultation, via STAT 550, SOS, and STAT 551, as follows:

  • STAT 550: Term 2 only, open to anyone, via students in STAT 550 mentored by faculty; accepting projects for Term 2 of 2020-21 from now until Jan 15.
  • SOS (Statistical Opportunity for Students): year-round, UBC-V graduate students only, via a team of a senior Statistical consultant and a Statistics graduate...

Launch of UBC’s new Key Capabilities in Data Science program

In a collaboration between the UBC Master of Data Science program (MDS) and UBC Extended Learning (ExL), UBC recently launched the Key Capabilities in Data Science program. This flexible, part-time program is made up of four courses, all delivered online. Courses can...

This year's two Rick White Award winners

Congratulations to this year’s two Rick White Award winners, Shuxian Fan and Austin Kwong.

Austin Kwong recently graduated with distinction in May 2020 with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Statistics.

Shuxian Fan will be graduating in November 2020 with an M.Sc. in Statistics. Prior to her M.Sc. studies, Shuxian earned her B.Sc. with distinction in Statistics at UBC.

More about this year’s award...

CANSSI National Seminar Series: Fall lineup & journal club

Beginning in September, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) will be hosting a series of monthly virtual seminars, to be broadcast live on the fourth Thursday of the month. The series will span from September to April. Each speaker will provide a read-ahead journal article, with CANSSI encouraging graduate-student journal clubs.

This fall, the theme is hidden Markov models.

The...

Recipients of the 2020 Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships

This year’s recipients of the Dr. John and Barbara Petkau Scholarships are Xinpei Li and Huanqing (William) Wang.

Xinpei Li is entering third year in the double Honours program in Computer Science and Statistics. Xinpei has taken an impressive array of courses in both departments, all with stellar grades. Although entering thirdyear, Xinpei is already within a few courses of being...

Naitong Chen receives Nash Medal

The Nash Medal in Statistics was awarded this year to Naitong Chen.

Naitong graduated with a major in Statistics in May 2020 with an exemplary transcript coupled with hands-on research experience. And the department is delighted that he is continuing his UBC training in the Statistics M.Sc. program.

In the summers of 2019 and 2020, Naitong worked with Professor Trevor Campbell on several projects. In one 2019...

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