The graduate students of statistics from the department of Mathematics and Statistics and the graduate students of Biostatistics from the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University jointly welcome graduate students of statistics and related areas to the 2006 Southern Ontario Statistical Graduate Students Seminar Days (SOSGSSD). This year's event will be held at the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery at McMaster University in Hamilton , Canada from Thursday, May 11 to Friday, May 12, 2006.
SOSGSSD is an annual event that provides a forum for graduate students of statistics and related areas across southern Ontario universities to discuss their latest work and research, exchange ideas and establish connections for future collaborations. This year, we are expecting about 60 students across universities in southern Ontario of which we hope to have 20 oral presentations of 20 minutes each during the two days of the conference.
The main theme of this year's Seminar Days will be “Career development in Statistics: the transition from a successful graduate student into a successful teacher/researcher”. As a result, we have invited four of the well-known statisticians in Canada to present topics that are relevant to the overall theme of SOSGSSD 2006. These are: Prof. Nancy Reid of the University of Toronto, Prof. Jerry Lawless of the University of Waterloo, Prof. Abdel El-Shaarawi of the National Water Research Institute, Burlington and Professor Judy-Anne Chapman, the Chair of the Statistical Society of Canada Initial Accreditation Committee.
As an incentive, a $50 travel grant will be awarded to each student presenting at the meeting. We will host a lunch each day, and a banquet dinner on the first evening of the event to encourage interaction between seminar attendees. The registration fee is $40. Registration after the deadline of Sunday, April 30, 2006 will attract additional $10 fee.
SOSGSSD, 2006 : Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, 2006