StatFest 2019

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Note: Several participants are now planning to arrive Saturday morning. Check with your airline to determine if this is a possibility if your original flight is canceled or delayed. Please feel free to dress casual in the event that you arrive on Saturday morning.   

Travel to Houston may be delayed on 9/20/2019 and 9/21/2019 due to Tropical Depression Imelda.

As of right now, all conference activities are scheduled to continue as planned. 

Friday Night Reception: Schedule as planned
Saturday Sessions: Schedule as planned

We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this page accordingly. Please check this page at 9:30am EST to see an update about the Friday Night Reception.  

You may also click here to check the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's Emergency Communication page for the current campus status.   

Join us for this year's StatFest on September 21, 2019! 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. We are excited that StatFest 2019 will be held at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston! The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, located at 1
200 Pressler St., Houston, TX, 77030, has the sixth largest medical school in the United States and graduates more health care professionals than any other school in Texas. 

StatFest 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 provide 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. 

This conference is an ongoing initiative of the American Statistical Association through its Committee on Minorities in Statistics. 
Don't keep this great opportunity to yourself! Spread the word!

For more information please contact Dr. Adriana Perez at or Dr. Adrian Coles at

To register, click here 

Note: Special travel funding may be available if you are a member of a NISS-affiliated institution ( Please type "NISS" in the comments section of the registration form if you are a member of a NISS-affiliated institution. Please see below for more information on accessing this special travel funding.    

Students must register no later than June 15, 2019 to be considered for travel funding. Travel funding decisions will be communicated via email no later than July 1, 2019. Preference will be given to those who register early (no later than June 15, 2019) and who are participating in the scientific session. 

Successful applicants are expected to attend all conference activities on Saturday and to develop a peer network among participants. 

Note: Students who want to attend StatFest need only to register using the link above. Students who want to be considered for a travel award need only to indicate that desire in the appropriate area on the online registration form. 


Click here for StatFest 2019 Full Program

Travel and Logistics 

Main Conference Hotel
Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center - 0.7 miles from conference location 
6633 Travis St.; Houston, TX 77030 

Note: Shuttle service available to transport to conference location. Schedule shuttle with the front desk. 

Alternative Hotels
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites - 0.6 miles from conference location 
6800 Main St, Houston, TX 77030
(713) 528-7744

Extended Stay America - 0.4 miles from conference location 
1301 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77030
(713) 794-0800

Note: The number of rooms available in the StatFest room block is limited due to the availability of rooms. Participants who are on the program or who have been awarded travel funding will be contacted with details about their hotel room within our room block in late August 2019. 

All other attendees requiring lodging should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice at the hotel's standard room rates. 
Hotels have varying cancellation and early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details.

Parking on Campus  

SPH Lot (Red Area with Blue X): Rates - $18 / day
1200 Pressler St; Houston, TX 77030

Mays Clinic Parking (Yellow Area with Orange X): Rates - $12 / day
1220 Holcombe Blvd; Houston, TX 77030

StatFest EXPO
The StatFest Expo is a focal point of networking and recruiting. It's a wonderful opportunity to connect graduate programs and companies to students considering their next steps. Please contact Dr. Adrian Coles at for more information on exhibiting at StatFest. Limited spaces are available.

Update: Our exhibition area has reached capacity as of August 20, 2019. All organizations and institutions requesting to participate in this year's exhibition area beyond this date will be placed on a wait list. Your organization will be contacted via email in the event that another organization is no longer able to participate. 


StatFest is made possible through the generous support of sponsors. Four levels of sponsorship are available: Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby, and Pearl. Please click the link below for more information on sponsoring StatFest. 

2019 StatFest Sponsorship Letter

Current Sponsors 

Special Instructions for NISS-affiliated Registrants
StatFest 2019 is proud to be sponsored by the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS). If you are a member of a NISS-affiliated institution, your travel expenses may be able to be reimbursed by NISS. Please click on the link to verify that you are a member of a NISS-affiliated institution (

If you are a member of a NISS-affiliated institution, please contact the affiliate liaison for your institution for additional instructions. The name of your affiliate liaison can be found by clicking on the name of your organization after clicking on the link above. 

In addition to indicating that you would like to be considered for a travel scholarship on your registration form, please indicate in the comment section of the registration form that you are a member of a NISS-affiliated institution by typing "NISS" in the comments section of the registration form.

History of StatFest
The first StatFest was held in 2001 at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. This Mini StatFest, as it was then called, exposed students from Spelman and the Atlanta University Center to dynamic role models and information on careers in statistics. Since then, StatFest has grown into a one-day regional conference and has been held at several institutions around the country.

  • StatFest Conference Venues
    • 2018 Amherst College
    • 2017 Emory University
    • 2016 Howard University
    • 2015 University of Chicago
    • 2014 North Carolina State University
    • 2013 Rice University
    • 2012 San Francisco State University
    • 2010 Spelman College
    • 2009 University of Iowa (part of Iowa Field of Dreams Conference)
    • 2008 Lamar University
    • 2007 Eli Lilly and Company
    • 2006 University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
    • 2005 Florida A&M University
    • 2005 University of Hawaii, West Oahu
    • 2003 North Carolina State University
    • 2002 Meharry Medical College
    • 2002 Hampton University
    • 2001 Spelman College

Meet the Organizing Team

StatFest 2019 Planning Committee

Adrian Coles (Chair; Eli Lilly and Company)
Therri Usher (Vice-chair; Food and Drug Administration)
Adriana Perez (Local Organizing Committee Chair)
Michael Thomas (Georgia Department of Public Health)
Felicia Simpson (Winston-Salem State University)
Jemar Bather (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Jenny Yang (Clover Health)
Brittney Bailey (Amherst College)
Tian Zheng (Columbia University, Department of Statistics)
Cody Codruta (Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health)
Dionne Swift (Proctor and Gamble)
Nagambal Shah (Spelman College, Emerita)
Jesse Chittams (University of Pennsylvania)


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Local Organizing Committee

Kevin Banks
Marice Barahona
Joy M. De Los Reyes
Stacia DeSantis
Biai Digbeu
Elysia Garcia
Jada Johnson
Jacky Kuo
Mary McAtee
Emmanuel Moon
Kusha Muhammadi
Luis Novelo
Abigail Sedory

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Austin Local Organizing Committee
Baojiang Chen
Tosa Nixon
Randall Taylor
Jayme Wood

Local Student Volunteers
Anna Blozinski
Yuxuan Gu
Yuefan Huang
Kehe Zhang
Chenguang Zhang
Yixuan Zhao
Chengxue Zhong