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Department of Statistics

Colloquia, Lectures and Seminars

We bring in speakers from around the country to discuss their research. 


Our colloquia give you the opportunity to learn about research from around campus and across the nation. It's a great way to expand your understanding of statistics and gain exposure to new ways to apply the subject. All colloquia will be held at 2:50 p.m. in LeConte College, Room 210 unless otherwise noted. Refreshments will be served afterward in LeConte 213.

For a list of colloquium speakers for the current year, please see our list of Statistics Department Colloquia.

Palmetto Lecture Series

The Palmetto Lecturer Series is an annual research series begun by former department chair Don Edwards. Each spring, a renowned invited researcher visits the statistics department for a week. During the week, the visitor gives two research presentations (one technical and one more popular/accessible). The list of past Palmetto Lecturers is a glittering one:

2023: Bani Mallick, Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University

2022: Karen Messer, Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, University of California San Diego 

2021:  Michael Kosorok, Department of Biostatistics and Department of Statistics and Operations Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2019:  Xihong Lin, Department of Biostatistics and Department of Statistics, Harvard University

2018:  Joseph Ibrahim, Department of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2017: Ray Carroll, Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University

2016: Anastasios (Butch) Tsiatis, Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University

2015: Naisyin Wang, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan

2014: Peter Müller, Department of Statistics, University of Texas, Austin

2013: Francisco J. Samaniego, Department of Statistics, University of California, Davis

2012: Ed George, Department of Statistics, University of Pennsylvania

2011: James Ramsay, Department of Psychology, McGill University

2010: Odd Aalen, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo


Research Seminars

In addition to the departmental colloquium series, the statistics department holds regular informal research seminars, often given by faculty and graduate students. Please contact Professor Yen-Yi Ho ( if you would like to present a seminar. 

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