StatFest 2019

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!

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.

Registration Information

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.



The online program will be updated with speaker information. Also, please check back soon for more information on travel recommendations, lodging information, and travel support information.

Day Time Activity Panelists/Speakers
Friday 6:30 – 8:30 PM Friday Night Reception  
Saturday 8:30 – 9:15 AM Continental Breakfast and Registration  
  9:15 – 9:35 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks  
  9:35 – 10:20 AM Keynote Address  
  10:20 – 10:25 AM  Recognition of Sponsors  
  10:25 – 10:45 AM Networking and Intrapersonal Skills  
  10:45 – 11:15 AM Break and Networking  
  11:15 – 12:00 PM Opportunities in Statistics and Data Science Panel Discussion (Government and Academia)  
  12:00 – 12:10 PM Group Photo  
  12:10 – 12:55 PM Lunch and Networking Groups  
  1:30 – 2:15 PM Opportunities in Statistics and Data Science Panel Discussion (Industry)  
  1:00 – 1:30 PM Preparing for Admission to Graduate School   
  2:15 – 2:45 PM Break and Networking  
  2:45 – 3:45 PM

Parallel Session A - "The Graduate Student Experience"

Parallel Session B - "Creating a K-12 Pipeline for Statistics"

  3:45 – 4:15 PM Conference Wrap Up and Closing Remarks  
  4:15 – 5:15 PM Poster Session and Ice Cream Session  


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. 

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

Event Type


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


American Statistical Association’s Committee on Minorities in Statistics
National Institute of Statistical Sciences
ASA Statistical Learning and Data Science Section
Columbia University, Department of Statistics


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
1200 Pressler St
United States
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston