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Commencement 2020 Live Stream Event June 5, 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12 p.m. PST.

Although we are disappointed we are not able to hold a commencement ceremony and celebrate together in person this year, we wanted to do something for you and have come up with a plan to create a video to honor you and your accomplishments.

We are pleased to invite you to view this live streamed celebration on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12 p.m. PST.

Congratulations to our SF-Bay Area ASA Student Travel Award Winners!

Congratulations to our SF-Bay Area ASA Student Travel Award Winners! Eli Ben-Michael, Nima Hejazi and Yu Wang will be presenting their work virtually on June 18. 

Every year the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of American Statistical Association (SFASA) issues Student Travel Awards to graduate students who plan to give a presentation at the annual Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM). This year’s JSM will be held virtually from August 1st to August 6th, 2020.

Statistics alumnus Shankar Bhamidi has been named Fellow of the IMS

Berkeley alumnus Shankar Bhamidi, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Dr. Bhamidi received the award for his many outstanding contributions to a wide variety of topics in network modeling and its applications. He completed his PhD in 2008, under David Aldous.

Congratulations Anna Boser - Statistics Major Winner of the University Medal

We are thrilled that Statistics Major Anna Boser is this year’s winner of the University Medal, Berkeley’s highest honor for a graduating senior.  The University Medal was established in 1871 and the “Medalist is an exemplar of the university's highest ideals."  Anna maintained a 4.0 GPA while also participating in extensive field research and serving as an EMT in the Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps. 

PhD student Katherine Kempfert awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to our PhD student Katherine Kempfert who has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! The NSF GRFP program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

We are Hiring! Lecturer Pool Open for Applications

Lecturer - Department of Statistics
University of California, Berkeley
The Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach the following courses should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester including summer sessions, depending upon the needs of the Department. Positions may range from 33% to 100% time.

Yu release of H2O

The newest release of the H2O software was named after Bin Yu: H2O v3.28, code name “Yu”. ( is a company that provides an open-source distributed computing platform for AI.

Congratulations Bin on this cool honor!

Berkeley Datathon First Place

Congratulations to Statistics PhD students Olivia Angiuli, Eli Ben-Michael, Bryan Liu, and Zoe Vernon on winning the $20K first place prize at the 2019 Berkeley Datathon sponsored by Citadel. They will be going to the Data Open Championship in 2020 to compete for the $100K grand prize (for which Statistics PhD students Soren Kunzel and Jake Soloff were on the winning team two years ago).


We Are Hiring! Assistant Professor


The Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for at least one Assistant Professor position, in all areas of Probability, Statistics, and Data Science, with an expected start date of July 1st, 2020. Assistant Professor positions are regarded as tenure-track.