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Our application for Fall 2017 is now closed! The deadline was December 31, 2016. Read more at our Admissions site about exciting changes to our programs of study. Questions? Visit our FAQs.


Xiang Zhu Wins ASA Award
Xiang Zhu's work on enrichment analysis of genome-wide association summary statistics has won an ASA student paper award. Xiang is advised by Prof. Matthew Stephens and will present this paper at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meeting in Baltimore. This work is supported by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. The manuscript is available at

Congratulations to our Harper Fellow!
Statistics PhD Vivak Patel has been awarded the prestigious Harper Dissertation Fellowship for 2017-18. The University-wide competition awards financial support toward the completion of the candidate's dissertation.

Consulting Project Award Winner
The Department's annual Consulting Award was presented to Ph.D. candidate Lei Sun on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 1:00 pm in Jones 111. Congratulations, Lei!

Award-winning Students!
The David Wallace Award for Applied Statistics is given annually to two graduate students working on applications of statistics in scientific domains. This year's award was given to Christopher McKennan for his work on analysis of asthma genetics and genomics datasets and to Wanting Xu for her work on statistical analysis of high-frequency voltage measurements from an electrical circuit exhibiting chaotic behavior. This award was established thanks to a generous donation by Statistics alumnus, David Frohardt-Lane (MS, 2000).

Best wishes to our department's Spring Quarter M.S. graduates!
Samuel Baugh
Junxiao Bu
Diana Cai
Peter Gao
Paul Hively
Yufan Hu
Jung Yoon Kim
Eileen Li
Siwei Li
Chi-Chun Liu
Daniel Schwartz
Jianfei Shen
Arun Srinivasan
Kan Xu
Mo Zhou

Michael Stein Awarded the Arthur L. Kelly Prize
Prof. Michael Stein has been awarded the Arthur L. Kelly Prize for exceptional service in the Physical Sciences Division. The Kelly Prize will be awarded at the PSD Convocation ceremony on June 10.

Jian Ding Awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize
Prof. Jian Ding has been awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize for 2017 for his achievements on mixing and cover times and on the random k-SAT conjecture. This year's prize was jointly awarded to Prof. Nike Sun of Berkeley for her achievements in probability theory and random k-SAT conjecture.

Peter McCullagh's Symposium
A symposium celebrating Peter McCullagh's 65th birthday will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 1:15 PM, in the Stevanovich Center, MS 112, at 5727 S. University Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Please visit the symposium website for more information.

Rina Foygel Barber: IMS Tweedie New Researcher
Rina Foygel Barber has been awarded the IMS Tweedie New Researcher Award for groundbreaking contributions in high-dimensional statistics and will present the Tweedie New Researcher Invited Lecture at the IMS New Researchers Conference at Johns Hopkins University on July 27-29, 2017.

Lek-Heng Lim: FoCM Stephen Smale Prize
Lek-Heng Lim will receive the third Stephen Smale Prize for his outstanding contributions to the foundations of computational mathematics, and will present the FoCM Smale Prize Plenary talk at the FoCM 2017 conference in Barcelona being held July 10-19, 2017.

Lek-Heng Lim: SIAM James H. Wilkinson Prize
Lek-Heng Lim was awarded the 2017 James H. Wilkinson Prize for research in numerical analysis and scientific computing. He will present the James H. Wilkinson Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Prize Lecture on July 12, at the 2017 SIAM Annual Meeting.

Ph.D. Degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics
The University of Chicago has recently approved a new degree-granting Ph.D. program in Computational and Applied Mathematics. The program will be jointly administered by faculty in a number of departments (Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science and others) in a formal framework called the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM). Information about the Ph.D. program can be found here, and about the faculty in the Committee here.

The Computational and Applied Mathematics Initiative builds on the interdisciplinary efforts of Statistics faculty, students; their research, seminars, and classes.

Department Events This Week
FRIDAY, July 21, 2017, at 10:00 am, in Jones 304, 5747 S. Ellis Avenue
Master's Thesis Presentation
ARTHUR VIVÉ, Department of Statistics, The University of Chicago
"Variational Generation of Images by Deep Spatial Architectures"