2021 Virtual Event

StatFest 2021 | Virtual | September 18-19, 2021 

Join us for this year's StatFest on September 18, 2021 and September 19, 2021!

StatFest is traditionally a one-day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. StatFest will be a two-half day conference this year given the use of a virtual platform. 

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. Therri Usher and Dr. Brittney Bailey

StatFest 2021 Newsletters
These newsletters contain useful information for preparing for StatFest. We encourage you to read them prior to the start of StatFest.
Issue 1
Issue 2

To make the most of your experience at StatFest 2021, check out this link for tips on setting SMART Goals!

Registration for StatFest 2021 is now closed.

Final Program

See the final program.

Saturday, September 18



11:00 - 11:30 AM

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Recognition of Sponsors

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Opportunities in Statistics & Data Science: Lightning Talks (Industry)

12:30 – 1:25 PM

Keynote Address

Speaker: Rob Santos, Urban Institute and President of the ASA

1:25 - 1:35 PM


1:35 – 2:05 PM

Networking Prep: How to Network in a Virtual Landscape

2:05 – 2:35 PM

Networking Session #1

2:35 - 3:20 PM

Expo: Internships & Employers

3:20 - 3:30 PM

Day 1 Closing Remarks


Sunday, September 19



11:00 - 11:05 AM

Day 2 Opening Remarks

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

Opportunities in Statistics & Data Science: Lightning Talks (Academia, Government, & Non-Profit)

12:05 - 12:40 PM

Preparing for Admission to Graduate School

12:40 - 12:50 PM


12:50 - 1:50 PM

Parallel Session: Graduate Student Experience (Students)

12:50 - 1:50 PM

Parallel Session: Inclusion and Promotion from Within (Professionals)

1:50 – 2:00 PM


2:00 - 2:30 PM

Networking Session #2

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Expo: Graduate Programs

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Conference Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks

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.

This year’s StatFest Expo will be held virtually. Attendees will be able to engage with representatives from the following list of exhibitors.


EXPO #1: Internships and Employers

(September 18, 2:35 – 3:20pm ET)


Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research

Columbia University, Department of Biostatistics

Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training (BEST) Diversity Program: Website 

Department Website

JP Morgan Chase

AI & Data Science Summer Intern: Undergraduate | Graduate
Quantitative Analytics Summer Intern: Graduate 
Focused Analytics Solutions Team (FAST) Program: Bachelor's | Master's


Intern Video | Job & Internship Postings


Analytics Team | Quantitative Sciences Hackathon | Diversity & Inclusion



Stanford Quantitative Sciences Unit

Urban Institute

EXPO #2: Graduate Programs

(September 19, 2:30 – 3:15pm ET)

Brown University, Department of Biostatistics

StatFest Website

Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Statistics & Data Science

Department Website | MS Program | PhD Program

Emory University, Department of Biostatistics

Instagram: @rollinsbios | Facebook

North Carolina State University, Institute for Advanced Analytics

Promo Video | Department Website | Alumni Profiles

New York University, Department of Biostatistics

Department Website | Twitter: @NYUGPHBiostats

Pipelines into Quantitative Aging Research Summer Program: Flyer  

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Statistics

Department Website | Prospective Students | Funding Opportunities
Graduate Opportunities in Statistics Scholarship | Application Fee Waiver

University of Michigan

      UMich StatFest Website

      Department of Biostatistics

Department Website | Department Video | DEI Commitment

      Department of Statistics

PhD Program | Master’s-to-PhD Program | Master’s Program

Instagram: @UMichStats | Twitter: @UMichStatistics

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Department of Mathematics & Statistics

         Department Website | MS Program Flyer | PhD Program Flyer

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Department Website | MS Program | PhD Program

University of Wisconsin, Quantitative Methods PhD Program

*Not exhibiting in StatFest 2021

Duke University, Statistical Science Department*

Department Page | Master’s Program | Ph.D. Program


University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management*

Master’s of Financial Engineering | MFE Video 
How to Prepare for the Program | MFE Flyer


University of Connecticut, Department of Statistics*

Prospective Students Website

The slots for the 2021 StatFest Expo are now full, but you may contact Dr. Therri Usher and Dr. Brittney Bailey for more information about exhibiting in StatFest 2022.

StatFest is made possible through the generous support of sponsors. Four levels of sponsorship are available: Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby, and Pearl. More information about how to be a sponsor and the current list of sponsors will be available soon. Please contact Dr. Adrian Coles for information on sponsoring StatFest and other initiatives led by the Committee on Minorities in Statistics.