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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. Feb. 11, 2021The Right Direction
    Katia Naccarato

    Katia Naccarato has never shied away from exploring an unfamiliar path, hitting a dead end, and trying a different one. Before she enrolled in the Master of Actuarial Science (MActSc) program at the Faculty of Mathematics, she was laser-focused on pursuing a career in medicine. Her current trajectory looks nothing like she expected, but she’s confident she’s heading in the right direction.

  2. Feb. 4, 2021Laying a foundation
    Samantha Wallis

    Samantha Wallis’s enthusiasm for statistics is matched only by her longtime passion for visual arts. As she considers her path forward after graduating with a degree in mathematics, Wallis thinks about how to meld her two interests into a single career. While she hasn’t landed on a definitive answer, she has a strong hunch where she will go next.

  3. Jan. 27, 2021SAS students take first place in ANSA case competition
    Case competition winners

    Contratulations to our fourth year actuarial science students who won first place in the 2021 ASNA Case competition!

    Team Members:

    • Nianchen (Steven) Liu
    • Yifan (Eva) Li
    • Cheng (Robin) Wang
    • Chen Han (Owen) Lin

    Background information: 

    The formal name of the Convention is Actuarial Students’ National Association (ASNA). Every year hundreds of students across different Canadian Universities gather with the senior managers and directors of multiple well-known companies to learn about the future and the changes of the actuarial industry. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity for students to network with the employers to earn insights and potential offers. Hosted by the exact convention, the case competition (ASNA Case Competition) is an annual competition with its final round occurring during the days of the convention, with multiple professional actuaries being the judges. During the competition, we are asked to build essentially a brand new insurance product with some historic information of our clients and analyze how we should model and set its price.

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  1. Feb. 26, 2021Department Seminar by Ludger Rüschendorf

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics seminar series

    Ludger Rüschendorf, Professor
    University of Freiburg

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex

    Evaluation of risks under dependence uncertainty

  2. Mar. 3, 2021Department Seminar by Louigi Addario-Berry

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Probability seminar series

    Louigi Addario-Berry, Professor
    McGill University 

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex

    The height of Mallows trees

  3. Mar. 5, 2021Department Seminar by Pablo Koch-Medina

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics seminar series

    Pablo Koch-Medina, Associate Professor
    University of Zurich

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex

    Law-invariant functionals that collapse to the mean

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Research interests

Professor Matthews' research interests encompass the fields of biostatistics, quality improvement-especially in relation to health care-and statistical consulting. He is particularly concerned with finding effective ways to communicate statistical ideas and results to clinical researchers.