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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. Nov. 5, 2020Asking the right questions
    Eli Margolis sitting at a desk in front of a laptop

    Eli Margolis learned to appreciate math at a young age. “There was always a right and wrong answer, always a correct way of figuring something out if you searched hard enough,” she reflected.

  2. Oct. 21, 2020Congratulations Wenyuan Li, Yechao Meng, and Jessica Dang on being awarded as the 2020-2021 James C. Hickman Scholars
    Wenyuan Li, Yechao Meng, and Jessica Dang

    The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science would like to congratulate Wenyuan Li and Yechao Meng as being two of the three new recipients of The Society of Actuaries (SOA) James C. Hickman Scholar for 2020-2021, and to Ou (Jessica) Dang for having her stipend renewed. 

    To learn more, read the full article on The SOA site.

  3. Oct. 19, 2020Spotlighting the accomplishment of an exceptional Master's student
    Grace Tompkins

    When Grace Tompkins attended Waterloo’s Grad Visit Day in 2019, she was presented with an opportunity to combine her interests in public health with her research in mathematics.

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  1. Nov. 25, 2020Department Seminar by Matthew Brennan

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Probability Seminar Series

    Matthew Brennan, Ph.D. Student

    MIT EECS

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex.

    Reducibility and Statistical-Computational Gaps from Secret Leakage.

  2. Nov. 25, 2020Department Seminar by Glen McGee

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Student Seminar Series

    Glen McGee, Assistant Professor
    University of Waterloo

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Teams.

    Bayesian Multiple Index Models for Multi-Pollutant Mixtures

  3. Nov. 27, 2020Department Seminar by Alfred Chong

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics Seminar Series

    Alfred Chong, Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Webex.

    Risk Sharing with Multiple Indemnity Environments

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Meet our people

Matthias Schonlau

Matthias Schonlau

Professor

Contact Information:
Matthias Schonlau

Matthias Schonlau's personal website

Research interests

Professor Schonlau's research interests include applied survey sampling and survey methodology, statistical machine learning from text data such as open-ended questions as well as software implementation.