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Better Living Through Statistics

April 20-21, 2018 at the University of Rochester, New York


Call for Abstracts

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the Seventh Joint Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association, which will be held at the University of Rochester on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, March 25, 2018, 11:59pm EDT.

The UP-STAT conference series aims to serve as a friendly and empowering forum for the annual gathering of statisticians, applied mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, and data scientists from upstate New York and its neighboring regions. Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students involved in research are especially welcome and strongly encouraged to present their research. 

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Better Living Through Statistics.” We are soliciting abstract submissions related to the statistical analysis of public health and public service data, but we also welcome submissions related to the analysis of data from all fields of application. We are interested in contributions to statistical methodology as well as to statistical practice, consulting, and education. Moreover, we would welcome submissions at the interface of statistics and other disciplines such as computer science, biology/medicine, social sciences, and business/finance.

  • Novel contributions to statistical methods or computing – If you have developed new statistical methods or approaches to the analysis of data, we strongly encourage you to consider submitting an abstract to present your work.
  • Applications of statistical methods to interesting data sets from environmental studies, biology/medicine, social sciences, business/finance, and other fields – If you are an applied statistician working in academia or in industry, and have worked on interesting problems involving the analysis of complex (possibly large) data sets, then consider submitting an abstract to present your problem and the analysis that you performed to gain insight into your scientific question.
  • Issues in Statistics / Data Science Education – If you have taught courses related to statistics or data science to high school students, undergraduate students, or graduate students, consider giving a presentation on novel approaches that you may have implemented. Presentations that touch on the role that other disciplines should play in developing curricula in these fields would also be of great interest. 

The Program Committee strongly encourages all participants to seriously consider organizing a session on a statistics/data science theme of their choice. All sessions must have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 speakers. Please note that each session will be 45-50 minutes in duration. It will be the responsibility of the session organizer to invite the speakers and ensure that the speakers attend the conference. The session organizer may also be a speaker in his/her session. All session organizers who are students will have their conference fees (registration and Friday night dinner) waived and will receive an UP-STAT 2018 Young Scientific Leader Award. If you choose to organize a session, you should submit the following information to the Conference Program Chair, Dr. Michael McDermott, e-mail: organizer’s name, session title, and presenter names and emails, affiliations (department/institution or company), titles, and abstracts. Abstracts should follow the general guidelines provided below. Please indicate UP-STAT 2018 Session Proposal in the “Subject” line of the e-mail and also indicate whether or not each session participant (including the organizer) is a student. The deadline for submission of an organized session is Friday, March 9, 2018.

Abstracts must contain at most 250 words. The deadline for the submission of the abstract is Friday, March 25, 2018, 11:59pm EDT, and notification of acceptance for a poster or oral presentation will be sent out on Friday, March 30, 2018. To submit your abstract, please send it to the Conference Program Chair, Dr. Michael McDermott, e-mail: Please indicate UP-STAT 2018 Abstract in the “Subject” line of the e-mail and also indicate whether you are a student and whether you prefer to give an oral presentation or a poster presentation (or are willing to do either). Also, provide the title of your presentation and your affiliation (department/institution or company).

As you prepare your abstract and presentation, please keep in mind that the focus is not on technical rigor, but instead on clarity of exposition and ease of access by our audience, which may have a substantial number of students and AP Statistics teachers. As a matter of fact, we strongly encourage students and AP Statistics teachers to participate actively. All student presenters will have their conference registration fee (but not their Friday night dinner fee) waived. In addition, monetary prizes will be awarded to students for the best poster and oral presentations related to (1) statistical methods and (2) statistics/data science applications. Finally, a mentorship award will be presented to the faculty member with the most student award winners.

Presenters will have the option of submitting a detailed version of their unpublished work as a manuscript to be peer-reviewed and eventually published in the journal Mathematics for Applications, indexed by MathSciNet.

Tanzy Love( from the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester Medical Center is the local contact for questions about travel and accommodations. Check the website for general information.