Dear Friends of UW Statistics,
Time flies, and another academic year comes to a close! It has been again a year full of challenges, but also full of optimism as we slowly resume more in-person activities after a Winter quarter surge of COVID-19 cases that forced most instruction to go remote for a while. I continue to be proud of the commitment of our faculty, staff and students and our collective achievements during this difficult period. There is no doubt that the pandemic has left a lasting mark on how we go about our daily activities, and I am very thankful to all the members of our department for their patience as we learn together how to navigate this changed environment.
On June 10th we celebrated the accomplishments of 35 B.S., 26 M.S. and 12 Ph.D. students in our in-person graduation ceremony. The ceremony featured reflections from two alumni, William Borom (B.S., 2018) and Laina Mercer (Ph.D., 2016), and three graduating students: Lukas Naehrig (graduating from our B.S. program), Michael Cunetta (graduating from our M.S. program), and Samson Koelle (graduating from our Ph.D. program). I am also very proud to report that the department will be welcoming 52 new B.S., 45 new M.S. and 11 new Ph.D. students in Autumn 2022. We look forward to having them join our community!
I am also very excited to report that the faculty has approved a number of changes to the Statistics B.S. program that will align it more closely with the recommendations of the ASA Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Statistical Science. In addition to strengthening the quality of the program, we expect that the changes will allow us to grow and diversify our undergraduate population by creating pathways that will be attractive to a broader set of students. I am very grateful to the Review Committee, which included 5 faculty members (Tamre Cardoso, Yen-Chi Chen, Adrian Dobra, Ranjini Grove and Thomas Richardson), two Ph.D. students (Anna Neufeld and Michael Pearce) and one staff member (Mee-Ling Hon), for all the work they put into the proposal. I am also very grateful to the members of our Alumni Advisory Board composed of Jim Harmon, Nick Hertle, Danni Lin, Stephanie Wu and Tufang “Coco” Xu for participating in the process.
Next year will be a busy one for UW Statistics. In addition to working on getting campus approval for the revised undergraduate program, we expect to be recruiting for a new tenure-track Assistant Professor, as well as at least one Acting Assistant Professor. We also expect to start a review of our undergraduate service curriculum to better align it with the needs of our campus.
To conclude, I would like to wish you all a great summer. I look forward to a new Academic Year, and to see many of you at the Joint Statistical Meetings reception!
Department Chair of Statistics