Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference Update

The Statistics Department is pleased to host a 'satellite viewing' of the Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference on Nov 1 in Baker (180-537). The conference sessions begin at 8:30AM and ends at 1:40PM and are broken in to five primary sessions (including a session for you to present your research, if you are interested -- see below)

Conference Session Schedule 

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM - Virtual Video Presentation (Watch and discuss 5-minute video presentations by undergraduate statistics student researchers around the world)

9:20 AM - 11:00 AM - Opening Remarks and Plenary Talks by winners of the Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Keynote: Foundations vs. Evolution in Data Science by Jennifer Thompson

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Graduate School Information

12:45 PM - 1:40 PM - Panel Discussion: Careers in Industry and Government

You are invited to attend some or all of the conference. We'll have breakfast during the morning two sessions, lunch for the keynote at 11, and cookies in the afternoon Graduate and Career info sessions. To help us plan our food, please RSVP on this google form by adding your name to the session you plan to attend. AND, to help the conference organizers get a sense of attendance, please also take a moment (maybe 10 seconds) to register (for free) for the conference.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

2020 Big Data Bowl

The National Football League is launching its second version of their data analysis competition, the Big Data Bowl, aimed at attracting analysts and fans interested in working with complex player tracking data. The primary aims of the Big Data Bowl are to crowdsource insight into novel and important NFL data questions and to create a pipeline for future team analytics staffers. Eleven folks who participated in last year's competition eventually went on to work with NFL clubs or their affiliates.

This year's contest is hosted on Kaggle, a popular repository for data science competitions. The primary goal for participants is to predict the yards gained on rush plays, using game, play, and player characteristics, including player locations at handoff stemming from the NFL's Next Gen Stats player tracking data. You (individually or team - including faculty) can sign up at The winners of this competition will share $75,000 in prize money.

In addition to the primary contest on Kaggle, college students are invited to submit PDF reports of their work to us as part of a subcontest designed specifically for students. Up to six collegiate participants or participant groups will be selected to travel and present in front of NFL team analytics staffers at the league's scouting combine in Indianapolis. More detail on this part of the competition can be found at

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Fall 2019 Data Challenge

For the third year running The American Statistical Association is offering teams of two to five students the opportunity to compete in the Fall Data Challenge. This year the challenge focuses on studying data pertaining to homelessness specifically in Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle. Details about to get involved are here. While the prizes are small, the experience and bragging rights for your resume would be valuable. The submission deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Monday, October 28th.

ICES Conference – June 2020 New Orleans

The ICES conference will be held June 2020 in New Orleans.  Please consider sharing this student paper contest opportunity with your students or forward to your colleagues as appropriate.  Two tracks include missing data treatments, and visualization and analysis of economic statistical data.  Groups of as many as five students may submit entries.  If selected, students could win travel support to present their work in a dedicated session at the conference.  Details are available here:

Winter Internship

Milliman San Francisco is hiring a winter intern.  The position begins in January. It would be a great job for a December grad. It may turn into a full-time position.

Monday, October 7, 2019

SGF Student Symposium

The SGF Student Symposium is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills in extracting meaningful information from real-life data. Teams of students, along with a faculty advisor, will define a problem and then execute appropriate analysis to solve that problem. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of analytics professionals. The top teams compete in the finals with oral presentations at SAS Global Forum.

Click here for more information.