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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. Mar. 4, 2021The power of curiosity
    Jennifer Haid

    “I like to think I’m a curious person,” said Jennifer Haid (BMath’04), a native of the Waterloo Region. When she learned about Waterloo’s Math Day from her high school math teacher, she decided to attend in hopes of learning about a career path that would leverage her aptitude for mathematics in the business world. “I remember watching a professor deliver a presentation about actuarial science and thinking two things: It was challenging, and I could do it,” she shared. 

  2. Mar. 4, 2021Professor Ruodu Wang to deliver a keynote speech at the virtual 24th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics in July 2021.
    Ruodu Wang

    The International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics is the largest annual academic gathering in Actuarial Science. It has been hosted in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia since 1997. The IME congress is, for the first time, hosted online this year on July 5-9, 2021 due to COVID-19. 

    This virtual IME international congress is jointly hosted by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Pennsylvania State University in the United States, Ulm University in Germany, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) in Australia. 

    Professor Ruodu Wang will deliver one of the five keynote speeches in this virtual congress. To learn more, please see the program for this event.

  3. Feb. 26, 2021Ilia Sucholutsky, PhD student, awarded Waterloo.AI scholarship

    Contratulations Ilia Sucholutsky winner of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligent (AI) Institute Graduate Scholarship 2021.   

    This scholarship was awarded to at least one PhD and one Masters student from each of the University's six faculties; Applied Health Science, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science.  This year, Ilia Sucholutsky was the PhD recipient representing the Faculty of Mathematics. 

    For more information about the scholarships, please visit Waterloo.AI site.  

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  1. Mar. 10, 2021Department Seminar by Duncan Dauvergne

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Probability seminar series

    Duncan Dauvergne
    Princeton University  

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex

    Learning from the directed landscape

  2. Mar. 10, 2021Department Seminar by Nathaniel Stevens

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Student seminar series

    Nathaniel Stevens
    University of Waterloo  

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Microsoft Teams

    Design and Analysis of Confirmation Experiments

  3. Mar. 11, 2021Department Seminar by Alex Franks

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Statistics & Biostatistics seminar series

    Alex Franks
    University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex

    Copula-based Sensitivity Analysis for Multi-Treatment Causal Inference with Unobserved Confounding

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Meet our people

David Matthews

David Matthews

Professor

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David Matthews

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.