Positioned at the leading edge of research, the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science (SAS) is driving innovation and attracting the best and the brightest from around the globe.
TOP TALENT AND RESEARCH
SAS is among the top academic units for Statistics and Actuarial Science in the world.
From modelling the risks involved in long-term insurance contracts to the development of fast algorithms for portfolio optimization, and from the design of clinical trials that enable the testing of new drugs to contributions to personalized medicine and the statistical modelling of massive datasets, SAS researchers are addressing today’s emerging problems and leading trends in finance, health care, insurance and beyond.
Our 50 faculty researchers make SAS one of the largest and most impactful departments of its kind.
READI, or Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Development in Indonesia, is just one example of SAS’s global impact. With SAS’s guidance, READI is transforming Indonesia into a hub of actuarial excellence in south-east Asia.
The University of Waterloo is Canada’s most innovative university and embeds that innovation in its approach to meaningful experiential education. Through co-op opportunities and internships, SAS students encounter novel challenges that spark creativity, strengthen their communication skills and foster growth.
Our reputation and commitment to innovation attract the best talent from across Canada and around the world.
Our graduates are in high demand. Rigorous training, dedication and passion make SAS graduates stand out.
Big data and rapid technological advancements have put highly trained statisticians, data scientists and actuaries in increasing demand. Make a commitment to the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and help prepare the next generation of innovators to meet new problems with fresh solutions.
Today’s statisticians and actuaries need a broad range of skills: excellent mathematical and computing skills to work with large datasets and computer-intensive analysis methods, strong communication skills, and the ability to solve problems in the face of uncertainty. We’re committed to preparing the next generation for this reality.
The department has an amazing reputation filled with well-respected faculty who actively push the boundaries to new and exciting areas.
Housed in the world’s largest centre for education in the mathematical and computer sciences and one of Canada’s most prestigious Faculties of Mathematics, SAS is uniquely positioned to provide students with the intensive mathematical and computer science training they need.
PASSION FOR PROBLEM SOLVING
Our students bring incredible passion and dedication to their learning. With 91 per cent of Faculty of Mathematics students enrolling with an entrance average of 90+ per cent, SAS undergraduates are accustomed to success and eager to tackle new challenges.
TEAM WORK AND COMMUNICATION
The majority of our students benefit from the opportunity to gain invaluable real-world experience through co-op work terms and internships. All of our undergraduate students complete two communications courses that lay the foundation for their development into effective team members and adept communicators.
SAS is home to roughly 1,000 undergraduate students and 175 graduate students.
70% of SAS undergraduates participate in co-op work terms and 100% of graduates of the Master of Actuarial Science and Master of Quantitative Finance programs, our two professional programs, complete internships.
Without a doubt, our graduates are among the most technically capable in Canada. The breadth and depth of their training in mathematics, statistics and computer science is incomparable. They leave Waterloo equipped with the tools they need to grapple with new challenges, deal with uncertainty, and find innovative, and creative solutions to difficult problems.
Bringing together researchers, students and leading professionals to engage with urgent industry problems and forward-looking research is a top priority for SAS. Sponsor one of our premiere events and be a part of innovation in action.
DATAFEST Annual Spring Event
At Waterloo’s annual DataFest, teams of undergraduates work around the clock to find
and share meaning in a large, rich, real-world dataset provided by an industry partner.
A dynamic two-day event, DataFest challenges roughly 100 students to stretch their limits as they explore complex data and put their data visualization and presentation skills to the test.
Student teams draw on the expertise of roaming graduate student, faculty and industry partner consultants. Many professionals find DataFest to be a great recruiting opportunity – they get to see talented undergraduates work in teams under pressure.
IN STATISTICS, ACTUARIAL
SCIENCE AND FINANCE Annual Spring Event
The Waterloo Conference in Statistics, Actuarial Science and Finance aims to be the
premiere meeting place in Canada for top scholars and industry leaders to advance
cutting-edge research in their fields.
In its inaugural year, the conference featured 13 distinguished speakers, including two industry leaders, and attracted over 100 attendees from around the world.
And that’s just the beginning –we see growing in the years to come into a networking hot spot for industry and
CONFERENCE IN STATISTICS,
AND FINANCE Annual Fall Event
This special student conference brings graduate students together for an enriching exchange of research and ideas.
Students share their research with their peers in this dynamic day-long conference. Along the way, they’re exposed to new ideas, explore new opportunities for growth and practice important communication and presentation skills.
Roughly 100 students are expected to attend the conference’s inaugural year, and we look forward to attracting top students from across Ontario as the conference grows.
While challenging, DataFest 2018 was an incredibly rewarding experience that taught us about the nuance of realworld data, resilience and the power of teamwork.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.