Welcome to Statistics and Actuarial Science

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is a top-tier academic unit among statistical and actuarial science globally. Our community is engaged in topics such as actuarial science, biostatistics, data science, quantitative finance, statistics, & statistics-computing. Our department is home to more than 60 full-time faculty researching diverse and exciting areas, over 1000 undergraduate students from around the world, and more than 175 graduate students in master, doctoral, and professional programs.


Two professors from the Faculty of Mathematics have been named NSERC Canada Research Chairs. Ruodu Wang, professor of actuarial science and quantitative finance, has been named a Tier 1 NSERC CRC in Quantitative Risk Management, and Aukosh Jagannath, assistant professor of statistics and actuarial science, has been named a Tier 2 NSERC CRC in Mathematical Foundations of Data Science.

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More than 150 students participated last week in the second annual Scotiabank Data Science Discovery Days.

The event, which took place both online and on campus from January 26 to February 2, invited Waterloo students to analyze large volumes of data in projects that would emulate the real work data scientists di every day. This year, the event focused on “Using AI to derive business insights from customer feedback.”

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The fourth annual Student Conference in Statistics, Actuarial Science, and Finance took place on October 27 & 28, 2023. This two-day event was entirely organized by and for students.

The conference featured keynote presentations by prominent researchers, including Agostino Capponi (Columbia University) and Grace Yi (Western University). Additionally, 30+ student researchers from various universities presented their research findings.

Highlighting excellence, the conference acknowledged outstanding talks at the conference by issuing 6 Presentation Awards to the following participants:

The winners in alphabetic order are:

  • Luke Hagar, University of Waterloo  
  • Dingding Hu, University of Waterloo  
  • Yifan Li, University of Western Ontario  
  • Dante Mata Lopez, UQAM  
  • Zachary Van Oosten, University of Waterloo  
  • Augustine Wigle, University of Waterloo 

 Honourable mentions go out to: 

  • Yuling (Max) Chen, University of Waterloo 
  • Hwanwoo Kim, University of Chicago