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Position Announcement: Assistant Professor in Statistics

The Department of Statistics at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for several full-time faculty positions in Statistics, starting in Fall 2024.

This search and hiring will be conducted at the assistant professor rank. The search will be primarily in the areas of Data Science, Machine Learning and Modern Statistics, but all areas of Statistics will be considered. Individuals specializing in statistical methods for large and complex or massive data are especially encouraged to apply.

Krishna Balasubramanian wins Grad Advising Award

We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor Krishna Balasubramanian has been named as a recipient of the 2023 Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award, given by the Office of Graduate Studies to advisors who have displayed outstanding excellence in advising and mentoring of their graduate students.

Jiming Jiang to present 31st Morris Hansen Lecture

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Jiming Jiang has been invited as the primary speaker for the 31st annual Morris Hansen Lecture. This lecture will be held on November 14, 2023, 

New Department Chair: Jiming Jiang

The Department of Statistics is pleased to announce that Professor Jiming Jiang has been appointed as the new Department Chair, from July 1 2023 until June 30 2026.

Professor Jiang joined the Department in 2001 from Case Western Reserve University, having received his Ph.D. in 1995 from UC Berkeley under Peter J. Bickel.

Yi Han wins ASA Student Paper Award

We are excited to announce that Yi Han, a PhD candidate in our Statistics program, has been named as a winner of this year's ASA Business and Economics Student Paper Award! The prize is awarded annually by the American Statistical Association (ASA). Yi Han's winning paper,  entitled "Structural Break Detection in Non-stationary Network Vector Autoregression Models", will be presented along with those of other winners at the 2023 Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto.

Professor Jane-Ling Wang elected to Academia Sinica

We are very excited to announce that Distinguished Professor Jane-Ling Wang has been elected as Academician of Academia Sinica at the 34th Convocation of Academicians, held from July 4 to July 7, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. (The election was delayed for two years due to the Covid 19 pandemic, so it was in fact the 33rd Academicians election.)

UC Davis Statistics Graduate Program ranked 13th in nation - US News

In the latest US News rankings of graduate programs (published 3/28/22), our Statistics graduate program ranked joint 13th in the U.S. This is up from 31st in the previous rankings, and also ranks us 2nd in the UC system as a whole.  The Biostatistics graduate program ranked 24th among Biostats programs nationally.

Xingmei Lou won the Outstanding Student Teaching Award

Xingmei Lou was selected for the Graduate Studies Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award! This award recognizes the contributions of graduate students to teaching and learning at UC Davis.  Xingmei will enter the 5 year of her doctoral program in Fall 21 and has TA'd for many courses that have served many students including STA 13, 100, 108.  Congratulations Xingmei!

Prof. Drake's spring in-person Stats class recognized in L&S article

As we start planning for an in-person return this Fall, the College of Letters and Science published an article this week about the few Spring quarter classes that were held in-person on campus, and the instructors who worked hard to make that happen. Among them is Professor Chris Drake, who taught a STA 198 “Data Handling and Analysis" class in-person. You can read the full article here:

Prabir Burman named IMS Fellow

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Prabir Burman has been named among the 2021 Fellows of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Many congratulations to Prabir on receiving this well-deserved honor!

Professor Hans Müller to deliver the 2022 Rietz Lecture

We are very pleased to announce that Distinguished Professor Hans-Georg Müller has been selected to deliver the 2022 Rietz Lecture, one of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) Special Lectures ( He will deliver the lecture at the 2022 IMS Annual Meeting in London. The Rietz Lecture is given only every three years and is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the IMS. 

Many congratulations to Hans on this truly outstanding achievement!

UC Davis in top five for bachelor's degrees in Statistics - ASA

UC Davis continues to rank in the top five in the nation for undergraduate degrees awarded, as reported by the American Statistical Association. 

In the November edition of AMSTAT News it is reported that in the period from 2015 to 2019 there were 671 bachelor's degrees in statistics awarded by UC Davis, showing a growth of 60 in 2015 to 195 in 2019, placing UC Davis fourth in the US overall.