• 2024-02-08 - It’s been almost a year since workers lifted the cornerstone of Illini Hall. It was a momentous event, occurring during the building’s demolition that marked the opening phase of the Altgeld and Illini Hall Project. A crowd of onlookers and news media were on hand to witness the occasion—there were rumors of a time capsule. They...
  • 2024-02-05 - In the high-impact world of professional football, player health and safety are of utmost concern. Behind the scenes, data scientists like Illinois alumna, Ishani Desai (BS, '22, statistics and computer science) play a critical role leveraging analytics to track equipment, identify trends, and mitigate potential risks on the field. Stat-News had a chance to chat with Desai to discuss her journey...
  • 2023-12-21 - Christopher Qian, a doctoral student in the Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been named a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program award. The SCGSR Program is a highly competitive award, with only 60 recipients selected from 48 universities nationwide for the 2023 Solicitation 1 cycle...
  • 2023-10-17 - The Statistics Ambassadors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are a group of students who are passionate about statistics and are dedicated to helping their peers succeed. In their latest blog post on the Statistics Ambassador blogsite, Statistics Ambassadors Mingli Xu and Botao Huang have compiled a short list of their favorite courses, which they recommend to students of all...
  • 2023-10-11 - The Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is actively seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple faculty positions across various areas of Statistics, Neuroinformatics, and Data Science. These positions are part of the Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and present exciting opportunities for academics looking to make a significant impact in their...
  • 2023-10-06 - “Our lives and the things that we value as humans are all impacted every day by the decisions and predictions made by algorithms which are typically at least explicitly only optimizing for just the single human value: accuracy,” stated Tori Ellison. Tori Ellison has been a teaching assistant professor in the Statistics department since 2020. She currently teaches STAT...
  • 2023-09-28 - Joe Bonomo (BS, ‘12, statistics) has a number of skills listed on his resume. However, he’s built his career on being a creative problem solver, a skill he honed during his undergraduate studies in the Department of Statistics. Eleven years later...
  • 2023-09-22 - Professor Bo Li of the Department of Statistics has been named a recipient of the Marjorie Roberts Professorship. This distinguished honor from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign recognizes Professor Li's contributions to scholarship, her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and dedication to public engagement. The professorship is...
  • 2023-09-19 - The Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's prestigious Doctoral Student Teaching Award. The annual award, presented at the department's banquet on September 15, 2023, recognizes outstanding graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in their roles. This year, the honor was bestowed upon...
  • 2023-09-18 - Pranavi Challagonda has stepped up as the president. The club experienced a brief lull following Covid, but Pranavi has a strategy to kick things into gear this semester. She’s not working alone. She has a team of dedicated students filling out the remaining leadership roles. The new president, Pranavi Challagonda, came to the university excited to join the statistics community and connect with...
  • 2023-09-15 - The Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois is home to a group of exceptional student leaders known as the Illinois Statistics Ambassadors. These passionate and driven individuals are committed to fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for new and prospective students while showcasing the exciting opportunities within the field of statistics. Statistics Ambassadors are...
  • 2023-08-08 - Kelly Findley created the Teaching Assistant (TA) Training Committee in Fall 2020. His purpose behind this was to “enrich the experience of PhD students in the Statistics Department and to give them resources and support to succeed,” said Findley. Committee members meet monthly to engage in discussions related to TA professional development, training, policies, evaluations, mentorship, and...
  • 2023-07-17 - The third annual Blackwell Summer Scholars Program concluded on June 29th, 2023, with the scholars presenting their research projects. This 6-week summer program was planned and put together by the Department of Statistic’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity committee. It was also named in honor of University of Illinois Mathematics alumnus, David H. Blackwell. Created with the purpose of...
  • 2023-07-02 - Professor Xinran Li of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Statistics has been awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER Proposal grant. The grant, titled "Advances in Randomization Inference for Causal Effects: Heterogeneity, Sensitivity, and Complexity”, is funded by the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) within the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER...
  • 2023-06-28 - This summer marks the 3rd consecutive year the Department of Statistics is hosting the David H. Blackwell Summer Scholars Program. It was planned and put together by the department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity committee in honor of a brilliant mathematician alumnus, Dr. David H. Blackwell. This 6-week program was created with the purpose of increasing access and equity for graduates in...