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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. 20, 2021Luke Hagar named GRADflix finalist!

    GRADflix is an annual competition hosted by the University of Waterloo’s Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) in which graduate students create one-minute videos to describe their research. These one-minute videos act as an “elevator pitch” for graduate students to explain a complex idea to a non-specialist audience.

    Our very own Luke Hagar (MMath in Statistics) has been selected as a finalist in this competition. His video titled “Beyond p-values: Sample size determination using Bayesian statistics” will be shared live along with the videos of the other finalists during this year’s showcase. This is the first time that the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has been represented in the GRADflix competition.

    The GRADflix 2021 Showcase is taking place virtually on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 3 to 5 PM (EST). After the finalists’ videos are shown live, the winners will be announced, and attendees can vote on the People’s Choice prize winner. The event will be streamed live on the GSPA YouTube channel and attendees can register online.

    Please attend to show your support of Luke!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

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  1. 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.

  2. Jan. 21, 2021Department Seminar by Lan Wen

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Department Seminar

    Lan Wen
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex.

    Intervention treatment distributions that depend on the observed treatment process and model double robustness in causal survival analysis

  3. Jan. 25, 2021Department Seminar by Antik Chakraborty

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Department Seminar

    Antik Chakraborty
    Duke University

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex.

    Statistical models for studying biodiversity: challenges and contributions

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Meet our people

Adam Kolkiewicz

Adam Kolkiewicz

Associate Professor

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Adam Kolkiewicz

Research interests

Professor Kolkiewicz's research interests are primarily in the areas of statistics and financial mathematics. In statistics, he has focused on statistical tools for time series analysis, robust methods of estimation, and asymptotic methods of inference.