“The mentorship I received in the Statistics Department was hugely influential to my growth as a statistician. I began graduate studies with only a vague notion of what statistics was, but left with a strong knowledge base alongside a passion for excellence in research. Receiving the Marshall Prize was a wonderful validation of how much I have learned and achieved at UBC.”
– Luke Bornn (MSc 2008, PhD 2012)
Luke Bornn (MSc 2008, PhD 2012) received the Marshall Prize for developing statistical tools for analyzing agricultural and environmental data. He also received the Graduate Teaching Award, before going on to become a faculty member at Harvard, then Simon Fraser University, and then on to the exciting world of sports analytics, as Vice President, Strategy and Analytics, for the Sacramento Kings. Both the Marshall Prize and the Graduate Teaching Award are supported by generous donors who help inspire outstanding students to succeed.
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From the constant presence of political polling, to the climate science data we see reported in response to extreme weather events, today it seems like statistics are everywhere. It’s impossible to make good decisions without good data—and good data combined with informative, reliable analysis are only possible when talented statisticians are empowered to do their best work.
Through awards funded by the Statistics Fund for Excellence, the department honours and encourages outstanding statistics undergraduate and graduate students. This fund also supports various initiatives designed to improve our student experience. In addition to the Marshall Prize and Graduate Teaching Awards, the fund currently supports the Nash Medal (an undergraduate award) and has recently provided support for aspiring actuarial scientists to attend (and win!) a case competition at the 2017 Actuarial Students National Association Conference.
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