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Welcome to the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is a top tier academic unit among statistical and actuarial science globally. Our students and faculty explore topics such as Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Data Science, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, & Statistics-Computing. Our department is home to:

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full-time faculty researching diverse and exciting areas

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undergraduate students from around the world

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 graduate students in Master, Doctoral, and professional programs

Interested in graduate studies with Statistics and Actuarial Science? Meet Mingyu (Bruce) Feng, a PhD student in actuarial science. Bruce is a pioneer researcher in the field of sustainable investment and the impact of climate change. Learn more about furthering your education on the Future Graduate page on the Math site.

  1. Jan. 18, 2021Professor Mary Hardy, recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Actuaries
    Mary Hardy

    In 2020, Mary Hardy was recognized for her dedication and contributions to the Society of Actuaries (SOA) by being awarded their Distinguished Service Award.  Her award included the following annotations: 

    “In recognition of her endless dedication to the advancement of the actuarial profession.”

    “As a selfless individual, willing to work without recognition, she is a role model for all who have worked with her”

    Society of actuaries

    To learn more about about the award and past recipients, please visit the SOA website.

  2. Jan. 14, 2021Coding the future of finance
    Chao Qian

    Chao Qian is preparing for the trading environment of the future. More than 60 percent of stock volume is attributed to algorithmic trading, but older generations of traders have never learned to code. “In the future, I expect that everyone will need to be able to code and be comfortable with AI and machine learning,” he affirmed. “Thanks to the Masters of Quantitative Finance (MQF) program, I will be ready.”

  3. Nov. 26, 2020New funding will help rural and remote internet users
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    Internet users from Canadian rural and remote communities suffer from frequent Internet interruptions, which generally result from various network issues. The lack of human resources, expertise and support make these issues difficult to identifyand fix. Remote areas lack responsive and cost-effective operations or maintenance efforts.

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  1. Jan. 18, 2021Department Seminar by Yifan Cui

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Department Seminar

    Yifan Cui
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex.

    Instrumental Variable Approaches to Individualized Treatment Regimes under Endogeneity

  2. Jan. 19, 2021Department Seminar by Teng Fei

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Department Seminar

    Teng Fei
    Emory University

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex.

    Latent Class Methods for Complex Chronic Disease Data

  3. Jan. 20, 2021Department Seminar by Chi-Kuang Yeh

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Student Seminar Series

    Chi-Kuang Yeh, PhD student in Statistics
    University of Waterloo

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Microsoft Teams.

    Evaluating the performance of continuously updated probabilistic forecasts with application to National Basketball Association outcome prediction.

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Meet our people

David Saunders

David Saunders

Director - Master of Quantitative Finance Program / Associate Professor

Contact Information:
David Saunders

David Saunders's personal website

Research interests

Decision making under uncertainty is prevalent in all human endeavours. The pervasive need to make critical decisions while faced with imperfect knowledge of the future is perhaps most acute in the area of finance. This has resulted in a commensurate demand for tools that allow market participants to analyze and manage their risks effectively. Professor Saunders' research focuses on the application of stochastic optimization and probability, particularly to problems in finance.