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  • Faculty Council honors Shayna Hill

    The UNC Faculty Council recently honored our Department Manager, Shayna Hill, for her work as chair of the Employee Forum.  The resolution dated April 16th cited Shayna’s “tireless service, volunteerism, and commitment to creating partnerships between faculty, staff, and students.”  … Continued

  • Master’s student Wonkyung Jang receives Tanner Award

    Our M.S. student Wonkyung Jang, who is also a Ph.D. student in the School of Education, has been honored by the Office of the Provost with its Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the highest campuswide recognition for teaching … Continued

  • Alumnus selected for ICSA award

    Dr. Guan Yu of the University at Buffalo has been selected by the International Chinese Statistical Association as their Outstanding Young Researcher “For his impact on statistical machine learning, in particular, his fundamental contributions to graph-based statistical learning methods and … Continued

  • Annual department awards

    While we were unable to hold an in-person gathering to celebrate the end of year holidays, the Statistics and Operations Research Department quietly presented the following awards to outstanding graduate students at the end of the fall semester: Cambanis-Hoeffding-Nicholson Award … Continued

  • Yiyun Luo wins ASA award

    STOR Ph.D. student Yiyun Luo has won the American Statistical Association’s Business and Economic Statistics Student Paper Award. He will present his work at Joint Statistical Meetings at Seattle in August this year. Yiyun has been doing his Ph.D. dissertation … Continued

  • STOR at University Research Week 2020

    University Research Week 2020 took place October 19-23, 2020. STOR organized some short research talks in our classes to share with students some research activities happening in our department. Please find below the list of the talks: Mr. David Peery … Continued

  • Richard Smith named AAAS Fellow

    Dr. Richard Smith has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of few statisticians to obtain this honor.  His nomination cited his work with the statistical analysis of extreme events and environmental applications, … Continued

  • Election article by STOR professors and graduate students

    STOR graduate students Benjamin Leinwand and Puyao Ge, and professors Vidyadhar Kulkarni and Richard Smith teamed up recently to answer the following question: What is the smallest percentage of the popular vote a candidate can garner in a US presidential … Continued

  • Serhan Ziya’s research highlighted in Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine

    Professor Serhan Ziya is applying his expertise in operations research to help hospitals and emergency departments allocate limited resources most efficiently, showcasing the critical value of math and modeling in allocating needed health care resources.

  • Alumnus receives ASA award

    Citing his “outstanding contribution” to small area estimation, the theory and practice of Bayesian statistics as well has his “superb teaching and mentoring of PhD students”, UNC alumnus Dr. Malay Ghosh of the University of Florida has been awarded the … Continued

  • STORies newsletter 2020

    Enjoy reading the department first STORies newsletter. We would like the thank the contributors: Vladas Pipiras (Department Chair) Shankar Bhamidi (Graduate Program Director) Serhan Ziya (Undergraduate Program Director) Shayna Hill (Business Officer) Benjamin Leinwand (Graduate Student Liason) Yuzixuan Zhu (MS … Continued

  • Activities related to COVID-19

    Professors Nilay Argon, Yufeng Liu and Serhan Ziya, together with graduate student Qian Cheng, have developed a tool for hospital and emergency department (ED) managers, physicians, and health care workers to quickly convert predictions of future COVID-19 patient arrivals into … Continued

  • Andrew Nobel promoted to Distinguished Professor

    The Department is pleased to announce that faculty member Andrew B. Nobel has been appointed as the Robert Paul Ziff Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Operations Research, effective July 1, 2020.  Professor Nobel’s appointment recognizes his research achievements and collaborative activities. … Continued

  • Professors Bhamidi and Hannig named IMS fellows

    The Institute of Mathematical Statistics has selected their cohort of new Fellows for 2020, and we have learned that Professors Bhamidi and Hannig will be on the list of honorees. Traditionally, fellows would be presented at the Presidential Address and … Continued

  • Congratulations 2020 Graduates

    Please enjoy these messages from our Faculty & Staff.
    Congratulations class of 2020! We are so proud of you!

  • Professor Argon quoted in Scientific American

      A recent article in Scientific American on triaging intensive care patients included an interview with Dr. Nilay Argon, whose joint work “Allocation of intensive care unit beds in periods of high demand” with Dr. Serhan Ziya and Dr. Huiyin … Continued

  • New courses for undergraduate students

    The STOR Department is pleased to announce new courses coming soon (as early as Fall 2020) as well as some changes in some of the existing courses. Short descriptions of the new courses are provided below but here is a … Continued

  • Bin Yu to deliver Hotelling Lectures

    The Hotelling Lectures are an annual event in the Department of Statistics & Operations Research at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  They are presented to honor the memory of Professor Harold Hotelling, our first chairman. This year … Continued

  • North Carolina ASA Chapter recognizes Steve Marron

    The North Carolina chapter of the American Statistical Association presented a Senior Statistician award to Dr. Steve Marron at the annual fall dinner on December 6, 2019. He and Alyson Wilson of NCSU were recognized for their “outstanding contributions to … Continued

  • Weibin Mo wins SLDS paper competition

    PhD student Weibin Mo has been selected as a winner of the Statistical Learning and Data Science Student Paper Award competition.  In addition to a cash prize, he will have the opportunity to present his paper, “Learning Optimal Distributionally Robust … Continued

  • Graduate Student Website

    Our amazing graduate students have created their own website which is designed to be a place to have all your questions about student life answered.  While it is still under construction, some sections are already full of information.  Questions about … Continued

  • STOR at the University Research Week

    Two faculty members (Prof. Jan Hannig and Prof. Mario Giacomazzo), two Ph.D. students (Nhan Pham and Aleksandr Touzov), and one senior STAN student (Tiffany Tran) have presented their research and shared their thoughts and experience  to our undergraduate students during … Continued

  • Analyzing the qualifying standards for the Boston Marathon

    On September 27, faculty member Richard Smith and STOR senior Spencer Siegel visited the Boston Athletic Association, organizers of the Boston Marathon, to consult about the qualifying standards that most runners must satisfy to enter the Boston Marathon. Richard previously … Continued

  • STOR undergraduates present at two sports analytics conferences

    STOR seniors Spencer Siegel, Dan Barlow and James Bury have recently made presentations at two sports analytics conferences. On August 2, they traveled to Denver, CO, for the Rocky Mountain Symposium on Analytics in Sports, where they presented a talk … Continued

  • An interview of Kai Zhang on scientific reproducibility

    Dr. Zhang was interviewed about his work on post-selection inference. “The problem today is that in many cases, researchers cannot replicate existing findings in the literature and they cannot produce the same conclusions. This is undermining the credibility of scientists … Continued

  • Kai Zhang receives NSF grant

    Dr. Kai Zhang has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. “Binary Expansion Statistics: A Nonparametric Inference Framework for Big Data”. In the Big Data era, the large numbers of observations and variables pose unprecedented challenging problems … Continued

  • Shayna Hill on Search Committee

    Our own Department Manager, Shayna Hill, will be serving as a member of the search committee for UNC-Chapel Hill’s new Chancellor.  As the chair of the Employee Forum, Shayna was included to represent the interests of UNC staff members across … Continued

  • STAN major internship on Chapel Hill’s sustainability initiative

    Town Council intern, rising junior Daniel Bowen is making his adopted hometown of Chapel Hill a better place to live. Working alongside elected officials and staff at town hall, the public policy and statistics and analytics major is helping to … Continued

  • Jan Hannig receives NSF grant

    Dr. Jan Hannig has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation.  “Collaborative Research: Generalized Fiducial Inference in the Age of Data Science” is a three-year grant investigating foundations of statistical inference and its interplay with modern data … Continued

  • Commencement Ceremony

    The Statistics and Operations Research Department held its annual Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in the Genome Science Building.  A total of 164 Bachelor’s, 11 Master’s and 8 PhD degrees were awarded during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Dr. … Continued

  • Annual Talent Show

    The Statistics and Operations Research department’s annual Talent Party was held at the home of Dr. Vidyadhar Kulkarni to the enjoyment of many.  Faculty, graduate students, family and friends shared food, music and dancing in an evening of fun and … Continued

  • UNC Team Tarheelytics takes second place in SOA challenge

    Congratulations to the team of five UNC undergraduates who finished second among all competitors in the Society of Actuaries (SOA) Case Study Challenge for 2019! This means $500 for each team member, and $3000 for UNC. They completed a months-long project … Continued

  • An Interview with Nilay Argon

    Endeavors, UNC’s digital research magazine, recently sat down with Professor Nilay Argon for their series “Women in Science Wednesday”.  Read the entire article here.

  • Congratulations new Phi Beta Kappa members

    The Statistics and Operations Research department offers congratulations to our undergraduate majors who were recently initiated into Alpha of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  The new members are: Taylor Burch Jackson Cabell Nidhi Murlidhar Fan Xu

  • Summer School Update

    This year we are increasing our Summer School offerings to include STOR 320, Intro to Data Science.  This immensely popular class will be held during Summer Session II, and like all of our Summer School courses it will not be … Continued

  • Hotelling Lecturer Announced

    The Hotelling Lectures are an annual event in the Department of Statistics & Operations Research honoring the memory of Professor Harold Hotelling, our first Department Chair.  This year we are honored to have Professor Yurii Nesterov deliver our two public … Continued

  • Zhengling Qi wins Student Paper Competition

    Zhengling Qi, a PhD student in Statistics under advisor Yufeng Liu, has recently been selected as one of five winners of the 2019 Statistical Learning and Data Science Student Paper Competition.  Zhengling’s paper “Estimating Individualized Decision Rules with Tail Controls”, … Continued

  • Professor Kai Zhang addresses “reproducibility”

    To help people understand some of the new challenges in statistics, Dr. Kai Zhang has recently published an article focusing on the reproducibility crisis for The Conversation.  Read the complete article here!

  • 2018 Holiday Party

    The Department of Statistics and Operations Research held its annual Holiday Party on December 6th.  Amid the food and fellowship, the following awards were presented to graduate students: Ph.D. students Michael Conroy, Haipeng Gao, Yang Yu and Zheqi Zhang received … Continued

  • New Phi Beta Kappa members

    The Department of Statistics and Operations Research would like to congratulate undergraduate students Corwin Carr, Catherine Gill, Alexander Kan, Danny Ly, and Robert West on their recent initiation into Alpha of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Melody Zhu wins at Optimization Day

    Melody Zhu, 4th year Ph.D. student in Operations Research, has received a poster prize for her talk “Sieve-SDP: a simple facial reduction algorithm to preprocess semidefinite programs” at the 2018 Princeton Optimization Day in September.  Congratulations Melody!

  • UNC to host Triangle Lectures in Combinatorics

    The Triangle Lectures in Combinatorics is a series of combinatorial workshops held each semester on a Saturday in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, funded by the National Science Foundation.  The workshop this coming fall, the 16th installment of the Triangle Lectures … Continued

  • Welcome new faculty members

    The Statistics and Operations Research Department would like to welcome our newest faculty members, Associate Professor Mariana Olvera-Cravioto, and Teaching Assistant Professors Mario Giacomazzo and Jeffrey McLean! Dr. Olvera-Cravioto received her bachelor’s degree is in Applied Mathematics from the “Instituto … Continued

  • Yifan Cui, Ph.D. (2018) receives Laplace Award

    Congratulations to recent graduate Yifan Cui, recipient of the 2018 Laplace Award. The Laplace Award is given to the best student paper submitted to the Bayesian Statistical Science section at Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Ten students are chosen as competition … Continued

  • New fund announced

    The Department of Statistics and Operations Research recently received a generous gift from Dr. Gary Koch and Mrs. Carolyn Koch to establish the Raj Chandra Bose Graduate Student Travel Fund (through Gary G. Koch and Carolyn J. Koch and friends … Continued

  • Commencement 2018

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held its Commencement Ceremony on Sunday May 13, 2018.  Afterwards, the department held its own ceremony and reception to honor our graduates.  Department Chair Amarjit Budhiraja had some opening words before presenting … Continued

  • Department Commencement Speaker

    Manoj Chari of SAS, Inc. will deliver the department’s commencement address this year. Manoj Chari graduated with a Ph.D. in Operations Research from UNC Chapel Hill in 1990. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of … Continued

  • Hotelling Speaker Announced

    This year’s Hotelling Lectures will be presented by Steven N. Evans, Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. The first lecture will be “Some mathematical insights into aging and mortality” and the second, “The fundamental … Continued

  • New Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

    The Alpha of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has announced that the following STOR students will be initiated into membership on March 21, 2018. Ryder Best Kevin Chen Nicholas Larsen John Mullan Eric Qian Ishan Shah Jillian Troftgruben … Continued

  • Call for applications

    THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL Department of Statistics and Operations Research TEACHING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Applications are invited for a full-time fixed-term position at the Teaching Assistant Professor level, beginning July 2018. This position is part of a STEM initiative … Continued