StatFest 2015

StatFest 2015 - September 26th in Chicago, IL 

StatFest is a one day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. The conference is an ongoing initiative of the American Statistical Association through its Committee on Minorities in Statistics. The conference includes presentations from established professionals, academic leaders, and current graduate students that will help attendees understand the opportunities and routes for success in the field. Panel forums include information and tips for a rewarding graduate student experience, achieving success as an academic statistician, opportunities in the private and government arenas, among other topics.

StatFest 2015 will be held at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois on September 26th from 8:30 am until approximately 4:30 pm. The program is still under development although the current version is available below - small changes in timing may arise. 

There is no cost to attend though registration is required so we may project an accurate count. Partial reimbursement for travel costs of up to $100 may be obtained for documented lodging expenses for those traveling more than 2 hours away. Attendance includes lunch and refreshments in the morning and afternoon.


Location and Housing

The conference will be held in

Donnelley Biological Sciences Learning Center

924 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637

The building location and nearby parking options are included on the map below. The closest free parking lot is located at 60th and Drexel on the map here.  That lot has 122 spots, and there is also plenty of free street parking available nearby on the North and South Midway (the two streets between 59th and 60th street on the map). It is a 0.5 mile (10 min) walk to the BSLC (924 E 57thSt). Walking routes are outlined on the map.


A list of nearby hotels is available here. For September 25th, availability will be better at the "Downtown Chicago" hotels though many listed are beyond walking distance, i.e. more than 1-2 miles from the conference building.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Sydeaka Watson


 StatFest 2015 - Saturday September 26, 2015
The University of Chicago
Donnelley Biological Sciences Learning Center
924 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637

8:30      Continental Breakfast & Check-in

9:00-9:15       Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15-9:45   Keynote Address
"Your Future - Statistically Speaking"
Javier Rojo, University of Nevada - Reno

9:45-10:35  Session I: Statistics Careers in Government

10:35-10:45 Break/Snack

10:45-11:35 Session II: Statistics Careers in Industry and Consulting

11:35-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:30 Session III: Statistics in Academia

1:30-2:30   Session IV: Graduate Programs in Statistical Sciences

2:30-2:45   Break/Snack

2:45-3:35   Session V: Parallel Sessions
Students: The Graduate Student Experience

Faculty and Professionals: Attracting and Retaining Students - 
Promoting Diversity in the Profession

3:35-4:15   Poster Session and Reception

4:15   Conference Wrap-up - Concluding Remarks