Picture of StatFest participants from 2016 (Howard University)

StatFest is a one day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic, Native Americans) to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. StatFest 2018 will be taking place on Saturday, September 22nd. Be sure to sign up today (see below)!

StatFest is an ongoing initiative of the American Statistical Association (ASA) through its Committee on Minorities in Statistics.

The conference includes:

We are excited that StatFest 2018 will be held at Amherst College (Amherst, Massachusetts), one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, enrolling 1,800 talented, energetic and diverse young men and women. Amherst is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Our dedication to the centrality of inclusiveness helps us ensure that the college is a place to which all students feel they belong.

For more information please contact Nicholas Horton, Renee’ Moore (renee.moore@emory.edu) or Jesse Chittams (chittams@nursing.upenn.edu).


The conference is free but preregistration is required (deadline to register is Wednesday, September 19th). The registration link can be found HERE.

Limited funds are available to partially defray travel costs (applicants are encouraged to register and make their requests as soon as possible: requests received by June 15th will be given first consideration). All travel reimbursements are subject to Amherst College guidelines and policies (see https://www.amherst.edu/offices/controller/accounts-payable/accounts-payable-policy/amherst-college-travel-policy for details).

StatFest 2017 participants (Emory University)

Keynote speakers

Scarlett Bellamy, Drexel University

Title: Nudges, grit and grinding: Navigating a career as an academic biostatistician while working to build a diverse profession

Scarlett Bellamy is the Past-President of ENAR (Eastern North American Region) of the International Biometrics Society and Professor of Biostatistics and director of the graduate program at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.

Fernando Perez, University of California/Berkeley

Title: From Colombia to Jupyter: an odd path through physics, open source software and data science

Fernando Perez created iPython and co-created Project Jupyter. He is a professor of statistics at the University of California/Berkeley and Senior Fellow of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. Fernando and the Project Jupyter Team were honored with this year’s ACM Software System Award (https://twitter.com/UCBIDS/status/991731806100738048).


Conduct policy

As an activity sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA), StatFest is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. Consistent with this commitment, it is the policy of the ASA that all participants in ASA activities, including StatFest, will find a welcoming and respectful environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All aspects of StatFest are subject to the ASA’s conduct policy.

Last updated August 21, 2018

authored by Nicholas Horton, Amherst College.