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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. June 8, 2021Mary Thompson, SSC Honorary Member 2021
    Mary Thompson

    Mary E. Thompson, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Statistics at the University of Waterloo, has been named an Honorary Member of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). This award is intended to honor an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the development of the statistical sciences in Canada and whose work has had a major impact in this country.

    To learn more about Mary's achievement, please see the full award annoucement on the SSC website.

  2. June 2, 2021Congratulations Junhan Fang, winner of the 2021 Pierre Robillard Award!
    Junhan Fang

    The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science would like to congratulate Junhan Fang as 2021 Pierre Robillard Award winner for her thesis "Matrix-Variate Regression with Measurement Error".  This achievement is awarded by the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) each year to the probility or statistics PhD student who best defended their thesis at a Canadian University in a given year. 

    To learn more about Junhan's thesis, please see the full award annoucement on the SSC website.

  3. May 17, 2021Waterloo students dive into data for 48 hours at 2021 ASA DataFest
    Datafest

    Starting Friday, April 30 at noon, 127 Waterloo undergraduate students found themselves knee-deep in data for 48 hours at the University of Waterloo’s 2021 American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest.

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  1. June 23, 2021Department Seminar by Wenling Zhang

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Student seminar series

    Wenling Zhang
    University of Waterloo  

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Microsoft Teams

    Causal Inference with Marginal Structural Models

  2. June 30, 2021Department Seminar by Dylan Spicker

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Student seminar series

    Dylan Spicker
    University of Waterloo  

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Microsoft Teams

    TBA

  3. July 7, 2021Department Seminar by Nam-Hwui Kim

    Please Note: This seminar will be given online.

    Student seminar series

    Nam-Hwui Kim
    University of Waterloo  

    Link to join seminar: Hosted on Microsoft Teams

    TBA

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Meet our people

Richard J. Cook

Richard J. Cook

Professor

Contact Information:

Richard J. Cook

My personal website
My books with Jerry Lawless
Biostatistics graduate program
Internship program

Research interests

My research interests include the development and application of statistical methods for public health. Specific areas of interest include the analysis of life history data, longitudinal data, incomplete data, sequential methods, multivariate analysis, clinical trial design, and the assessment of diagnostic tests.