News and Announcements

Apr 2016

Annie Qu named 2016 IMS Fellow - Statistics Professor Annie Qu has been elected to Fellowship of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics for her outstanding research and professional contributions. Newly elected Fellows will be honored at the World Congress in Probability and Statistics, July 11-15, 2016 in Toronto.

Apr 2016

Srijan Sengupta wins 2016 IMS Travel Award - Statistics PhD student Srijan Sengupta was selected by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics for a new researcher travel award. Awardees will be honored at the Presidential Address during the World Congress / IMS Annual Meeting in Toronto. Srijan is co-advised by Professors Yuguo Chen and Xiaofeng Shao.

Apr 2016

Lyndsay Shand receives 2015-2016 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement - Lyndsay Shand, PhD student in Statistics, is a recipient of the Campus Award in recognition of her leadership of Statistics in the Community (StatCom), an organization of undergraduate and graduate students providing pro bono consulting for local non-profit organizations, and educational and governmental institutions.

Apr 2016

UI offers first MOOC-based MS degree in Data Science - The University of Illinois has joined with Coursera to offer a professional data science master's program on-line beginning Fall 2016. The Department of Statistics is collaborating with the Department of Computer Science and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science to offer the degree.

Jan 2016

Xuan Bi wins 2016 ASA Statistical Learning and Data Mining Student Paper Competition - Statistics PhD student Xuan Bi was selected for the prestigious travel award by the Statistical Learning and Data Mining Section of the ASA to present a paper at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings in Chicago, Illinois. Xuan is advised by Professor Annie Qu.

Dec 2015

Stephen Portnoy Named Fellow of AAAS - Professor Emeritus Stephen Portnoy was named as a 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the prestigious honor for "contributions to asymptotic theory and quantile processes and leadership in the development of robust regression methods," and for "building significant collaborations between statistical sciences and ecology."

Jan 2015

Two Statistics PhD students win ASA Student Paper Awards - Subhadeep Paul and Peibei Shi were each selected for prestigious travel awards by the Statistical Learning and Data Mining Section of the ASA to present their papers at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle, Washington. Subadeep's PhD Thesis advisor is Professor yuguo Chen. Peibei's PhD Thesis advisor is Professor Annie Qu.

Dec 2014

Statistics PhD student wins ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award - Peibei Shi was selected for the prestigious travel award to present her paper at the ENAR 2015 Spring Meeting in Miami, Florida in March 2015. No more than 20 award winners are selected across the nation each year. Peibei's PhD thesis advisor is Professor Annie Qu.

Oct 2014

UIUC Alumnus David Blackwell honored with the National Medal of Science - David Blackwell (1919-2010), "a towering figure in the fields of probability, statistics and the mathematical sciences," was honored with a posthumous Medal Oct 3, 2014. He received the PhD in Mathematics from UIUC in 1941 under the direction of Joseph Doob. He was a world renowned faculty member in Statistics and Mathematics at the University of California Berkeley.

Sep 2014

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ranked #3 in the U.S. in Statistics Bachelor's Degrees Conferred During 2011-13 - Amstat News reports that the total number of bachelor's degrees in Statistics in the U.S. grew more than 20% between 2012 and 2013. UIUC also ranked fifth nationally in the number of Statistics MS degrees conferred during 2011-2013.

Aug 2014

The Department of Statistics Welcomes 7 New Faculty Members - New this Fall are Assistant Professors Stéphane Guerrier and Dave Zhao; Visiting Assistant Professors Ehsan Bokhari, David Dalpiaz and Kiryung Lee; and Lecturers Uma Ravat and Dana Willner.

Oct 2013

Steven Culpepper is Highly Cited - His article, "Using the Criterion-Predictor Factor Model to Compute the Probability of Detecting Prediction Bias with Ordinary Least Squares Regression," is one of the top five cited articles for 2012-2013 in Psychometrika.

Sep 2013

University of Illinois Statistics Department Among the Top Five in the U.S. Conferring Bachelor's Degrees in Statistics in 2012 - Statistics degrees have more than doubled nationwide in the past five years, with growth driven by demand for analytical skills in the workplace, according to the American Statistical Association.

Sep 2013

Statistics: We Won't Be Fooled Again
Ellen Fireman's innovative teaching featured in College of LAS News.

Aug 2013

Department of Statistics welcomes five new faculty members Associate Professor Bo Li, Assistant Professors Xiaohui Chen and Georgios Fellouris, and Visiting Assistant Professors Nate Helwig and Trevor Park

Aug 2013

The Chicago tribune, the News-Gazette and other media outlets report on AB InBev's new "Bud Analytics Lab" in the Research Park "...to work with some of the best minds in key fields including statistics, computer science, business and engineering."

Aug 2013

Congratulations to Xiaofeng Shao, one of ten faculty in LAS named as Centennial Scholars to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences!

Aug 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Yeonwoo Rho on winning the 2013 ASA Section on Nonparametric Statistics Student Paper Award. Yeonwoo was advised by Professor Xiaofeng Shao.

May 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Yeonwoo Rho, on receiving a 2013 Laha Travel Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Yeonwoo was advised by Professor Xiaofeng Shao.

May 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Jingfei Zhang, on receiving a 2013 Laha Travel Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Jingfei was advised by Professor Yuguo Chen.

Jan 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Xinxin Shu, Student Paper Competition Winner for the ASA Sections on Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics. Xinxin was advised by Professor Annie Qu.

Jan 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Nathaniel Helwig, Student Paper Competition Winner for the ASA Sections on Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics. Nathaniel was advised by Professor Ping Ma.

Jan 2013

Congratulations to PhD student Subhadeep Paul, Student Paper Competition Winner for the International Indian Statistical Association. Subhadeep was advised by Professor Feng Liang.

Aug 2012

Xianyang Zhang wins ASA Section on Nonparametric Statistics Student Presentation Award. Xianyang was advised by Xiaofeng Shao.

May 2012

Chistopher Kinson one of 33 UIUC students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

Mar 2012

Ping Ma selected for 2011 Canadian Journal of Statistics Award.

Feb 2012

PhD Alum Huixia (Judy) Wang selected for 2011 Tweedie New Researcher Award.

Feb 2012

Sheng Zhong selected for Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.

Jan 2012

Congratulations to PhD student Jingfei Zhang, Student Paper Competition Winner for the ASA Sections on Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics. Jingfei is advised by Professor Yuguo Chen.

Jan 2012

Welcome new faculty member Steven Culpepper, Assistant Professor of Statistics.

Sep 2011

PhD Alum and long-time faculty member Xuming He appointed H.C. Carver Professor of Statistics at the University of Michigan.

Aug 2011

PhD Alum and Statistics Affiliate Hua-Hua Chang elected President of the Psychometric Society for 2012-2013.

Aug 2011

UIUC PhD Student Peng Wang, advised by Annie Qu, receives Laha Travel Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics to present a paper at the IMS Annual Meeting.

Aug 2011

UIUC PhD Student Yunwen Yang, advised by Xuming He, receives Laha Travel Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics to present a paper at the IMS Annual Meeting.

May 2011

PhD Alum Min-ge Xie elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Apr 2011

UIUC PhD Student Xianyang Zhang, advised by Xiaofeng Shao, wins Best Student Poster Award at the 2011 IISA Conference on Probability, Statistics and Data Analysis.

Feb 2011

PhD Alum Ying Wei receives the 2011 Noether Young Scholar Award for outstanding early career contributions to Nonparametric Statistics

Jan 2011

Ping Ma receives NSF CAREER Award
"Subsampling methods in Statistical Modeling of Ultra-Large Sample Geophysics"

Aug 2010

Xuming He is named Theory and Methods Editor, Journal of the American Statistical Association

Aug 2010

Xuming He is Program Chair for the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings

May 2010

Annie Qu elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association

May 2010

Adam Martinsek elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association

Mar 2010

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Department of Statistics! The 2010 UIUC Statistics Symposium was held Mar 29-30, 2010.

Mar 2010

Roger Koenker awarded the 2010 Parzen Prize for Statistical Innovation

Feb 2010

From The Economist: "Data, data everywhere"


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