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UA Tripods

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be providing $17.7 million in funding for 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) projects. The University of Arizona is proud to be one of the recipients for this NSF initiative.

UA-TRIPODS is an integrated research and educational institute to bring mathematics, statistics, and computer science communities together to develop theoretical foundations of data sciences. It also strives to build partnerships with domain sciences, local industry and business, as well as outreach to the public community. Please see the institute activities and updates at Also, see the article below on NSF awards for additional information.

New NSF awards will bring together cross-disciplinary science communities to develop foundations of data science

08/24/2017 09:00 AM EDT


Professor Sham M. Kakade at a whiteboard.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced $17.7 million in funding for 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) projects, which will bring together the statistics, mathematics and theoretical computer science communities to develop the foundations of data science. Conducted at 14 institutions in 11 states, these projects will promote long-term research and training activities in data science that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

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From left to right, Biostatistics graduate students Mallorie Fiero and Kevin Doubleday, Sahuaro High School Statistics teacher Andrew Christian, and Statistics graduate student Grant Schissler. Mallorie, Kevin, and Grant, with two Statistics program faculty, received an American Statistical Association Award for Outreach. More information on their achievement is below. 

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 program graduates!

Michael Borghese (Certificate)
Jiali Han (MS)
Gabe Harris (Certificate)
Grant Schissler (PhD)
Shripad Sinari (Certificate)
Weide Wang (Certificate)
Shenghao Xia (Certificate)
Haomiao Yang (MS)
Yifei Yuan (MS)
Yue Zeng (PhD)
Renee Zhang (Certificate)
Erin Zylstra (MS)


Student and Faculty Publications, Presentations, and Awards

Our students and faculty have been busy! Below are just a few of the recent outstanding achievements of members of Statistics program. 

Miao Zhang (PhD program) and Qike Li (PhD program) received Herbert E. Carter Travel Awards to fund their trips to the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Baltimore, MD, July 29-August 3, 2017. Congratulations, Miao and Qike!

Helen Zhang (Professor, Mathematics) was selected as a 2016 Fellow by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences for her influential contributions to nonparametric statistics, feature selection, high-dimensional statistics, and machine learning and data mining; and for her excellent service to the profession. Fellows will be presented at the IMS Presidential Address and Awards session at World Congress in Toronto.

Peter Chesson (Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.  This honorary title recognizes exceptional contributions to the discipline. Fellows are elected for life.

Grant Schissler (Statistics PhD program), Mallorie Fiero (Biostatistics PhD program) and Kevin Doubleday (Biostatistics MS program), with supervision from Melanie Bell (Associate Professor, College of Public Health), and Joseph Watkins (Professor, Mathematics), received the American Statistical Association Award for Outreach in recognition of their efforts to bring statistics to K-12 in Tucson. Their grant, "Incorporating quantitatively-talented and underrepresented high school students in Arizona into the biostatistics community," will aim to increase awareness of careers in biostatistics and promote a college education in biostatistics among underrepresented high school students in Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics classes in Southern Arizona. Link to the story from the American Statistical Association.


Statistics Program Events

Statistics Colloquia: The Statistics Program sponsors a Statistics colloquium every month, featuring leaders in statistical advancement from both the University of Arizona and various other institutions. Topics range widely, and colloquia are open to the public - All are welcome! Attendees have the opportunity to meet with guest speakers after the event. Fall 2017 colloquia wiill take place on Mondays at 3pm in Math 501. Refreshments are provided. For more information, see the site page


Last updated 19 Sep 2017