Hello from Madison! We hope this e-newsletter finds you well during our time of coming back together.

This past academic year the Department of Statistics continued to see growth even as we went through the pandemic. We celebrated the new data science major and the recently approved data science certificate. The data science major has been the fastest growing major at UW. There are currently 438 students declared in the new major.

Moving nearly 50 courses, advising, and the Statistics Learning Center online was a huge accomplishment this past year. Our faculty and staff are credited for working diligently in getting our same caliber of teaching online as it has been for in-person classes. The challenges from the past year have taught us that we are a team capable of adapting to the surrounding environment and we are a team that continues to look forward.

Over the year, we welcomed new staff and faculty to support our ever-growing student population. In May 2021, the Statistics faculty elected Professor Yazhen Wang to serve as the next department chair. Please congratulate Professor Wang as he starts his tenure as chair in August 2021. We are also excited to come back together to see what the future brings for the Department of Statistics and we will continue to bring you on our journey.

On, Wisconsin!

Dan Barnish, Newsletter Editor & Alumni Relations Coordinator

Jun Zhu, Professor & Department Chair

Creation of the new IMS Grace Wahba Award and Lecture.

We are pleased to announce the creation of the new IMS Grace Wahba Award and Lecture. To learn more about the award and how you can help please click here to Learn more




Alumni Park Statistics Wall of Alumni

The department is wanting to add photos and brief autobiographies of our alumni  in the new student lounge. Please contact Dan Barnish at dbarnish@wisc.edu  Learn More.



Sameer DeshpandeNew to the Department

We welcome new assistant professor, Sameer Deshpande. His research interests include Bayesian hierarchical modeling, treed regression, model selection, and causal inference with applications in public health and sports. Read More



UW Madison Graduation

2020 -2021 Degree Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 degree recipients! Due to COVID-19, the department was unable to celebrate in person again, but campus held in person commencement and we created a video to celebrate. Click ‘Here‘ to see the list of graduates and the celebration video.


Statistics Department AwardsDepartment Awards

Congratulations to our faculty and students who received awards this past year! Click ‘Here‘ to see the recipients.




Department of Statistics Sign

2020-2021 Seminars

This year, we had a variety of speakers present at our seminar series. Click ‘Here‘ to see who spoke and an abstract of their topic.




Badgers Support Statistics

Thank You!

Thank you to all of our donors! We appreciate your support of the Department. Click ‘Here‘ to see a list of the 2020-2021 donors.



The Faculty Corner

Learn about some professional and personal faculty milestones. Please click here.