2013 SSC Student Conference

  • Date: 05/25/2013

University of Alberta


This student-led conference welcomes all undergraduate and graduate students to participate in workshops and contributed sessions on professional skill development, careers in industry and academia, and research presentations. Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal of the Department of Statistics at the University of Toronto, a leading Canadian researcher, teacher, author, and an engaging speaker, will give the keynote address. 

    Who can attend? The conference is for all undergraduate and graduate students interested in the statistical sciences.

    How can I contribute? You may contribute oral or poster presentations (although it is not required).  Oral presentations will be 10 minutes long plus 5 minutes for questions.  Submit your abstract to: student-conference@ssc.ca (abstract details below); the deadline for abstract submissions is February 28th.  You may present results from original research or a statistical project on which you have worked. We encourage graduate students who submit an abstract to the student conference to give a presentation (perhaps the same topic) to the main SSC meeting.  Prizes will be awarded for the best undergraduate oral and poster presentations.

    What is the registration fee? The registration fee is $50.  The student conference fee does not include the fee for the main SSC meeting.  There will be no on-site registration for the conference.

    How do I register? When you register for the main SSC meeting, an option will be provided to register for the student conference.  It will also be possible to register for the student meeting without registering for the main meeting (using the same web form).  The registration deadline is May 7th.

    How can I arrange travel and housing? Please see the SSC webpage regarding housing at or near the University of Alberta.  The student conference will begin at 11am on May 25th, so we encourage registrants to arrive in Edmonton that morning to avoid the cost of an extra night of accommodation.  All registrants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

If you have questions about the SSC Student Conference of require further information, please contact Mireille Schnitzer, Chair of the Student Organizing Committee.

Abstract details

Abstract submissions must include:

    Your name and the names of your co-authors,
    The associated institution(s) for each co-author,
    The title of the presentation,
    An abstract of no more than 100 words, and
    3 keywords (that are not included in the title) that describe your topic.

Your submission must indicate:

    Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student,
    Whether you would like to give a talk or present a poster,
    If you are an undergraduate student, whether you would like to be considered for a presentation award, and
    The language of the presentation (English or French).

Abstracts may be submitted in English or French.  We encourage participants to provide translations of their abstracts.  Note that computer generated translations will not be accepted. 

Deadline for abstract submission: February 28th, 2013.


Preliminary Program Outline

May 25th, 2013

11am-11:45am: Registration

11:45am-12pm: Welcome and opening remarks

12pm-1pm: Boxed lunch (provided by the conference)

Brief presentations by the three career speakers working in industry and academia will be held during the luncheon.

1pm-2pm: Career speakers -- in-depth presentations and questions-and-answer sessions with career speakers

Parallel one-hour presentations will be made by three statisticians working in industry and academia.  Registrants will choose which presentation to attend based on area of interest.

2pm-3:30pm: Skills session

Each registrant will choose Option 1 or Option 2.

Option 1) Skills workshop given by the University of Alberta Career Centre (topic TBD).  This workshop will be intended for senior graduate students and students beginning their job search.

Option 2) Graduate student panel.  Intended for undergraduate students and junior graduate students.  Senior graduate students will answer questions and discuss the challenges and successes that they witnessed during their student careers.  (Questions may be submitted beforehand or asked live at the event.)

3:30pm-4:30pm: Contributed poster session and snack break

4:30pm-5:30pm: Contributed oral presentations

5:30pm-6:30pm: Keynote talk by Dr Jeffrey Rosenthal, University of Toronto

6:30pm: Closing remarks and announcement of prizes for best oral and poster presentations

7:30: Social evening at a local restaurant (not included in the conference registration fee)