MSS News

Congratulations to our 2020 TA Award and Best Award Winners (May 2020)

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Michael Valancius (MSS 2020 graduate) wins the MS TA award for 2020. He will be going on to the UNC, Chapel Hill Bio-Statistics Program for his PhD. Haohan Chen (MSS 2020 graduate and PhD, Political Science 2020) won the MS Best Award. Haohan goes to University of Pennsylvania for a Postdoc position at the Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics. Evan Poworoznek (MSS 2020 graduate) receives honorable mention for the Best Award. Congratulations Michael, Haohan and Evan. 

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates (May 10, 2020)

33 MSS students graduated in Fall 2020 with a Masters in Statistical Science degree. Congratulations to all our students and their family and friends. We are looking forward to seeing you all to celebrate your success face to face in Spring 2021. 

MSS students (Eduardo, Bin and Sam) win the Big Data Health Sci. Case Competition at UofSC (Feb 9, 2020)

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Congratulations to Eduardo Coronado Sroka, Bin Han, and Sam Voisin for receiving the top prize on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at the Big Data Health Sciences Case Competition organized by the University of South Carolina. The team of three (second year MSS students) received a prize money of $3000 from Dr. Thomas Chandler, Dean of UofSC Arnold School of Public Health, following his opening and welcome remarks of the UofSC National Big Data Health Science Conference.

More about the conference and competition HERE. 

A successful Industry Day organized by MS in Statistical Sci and MS in Comp Sci (Nov 6, 2019)

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Participating companies/programs include: Applied Research Assoc, Asurion, Conduent, Elder Research, RTI International, Seqirus, Well, PhD program at Statistical Sci.

Successful MS/PhD Math/Stat Bootcamp (52 student participants) (August 11-19 2019)

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MSS incoming cohort includes 40 outstanding students from across the world (August 1, 2019)

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  • Representing 7 countries
  • Equal gender split
  • Avg. Undergraduate GPA (3.75), Avg GRE Verbal (160), Avg GRE Quant (168)
  • Undergraduate Major: 40% Statistics, 40% Mathematics, 12% Economics/Finance, 8% Other (Engineering, Computer Sci, Actuarial Science)

MSS students at the ASA Datafest (at Penn Pavilion, Duke University) (April 6)

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Shoshana Collins, Data Scientist, Red Hat inspires the students with her story - A Poet to a Data Scientist (April 3, 2019)

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Join us for the Duke DataFest 2019 (April 5-7) Penn Pavilion

Duke DataFest 2019 will take place over the April 5-7 weekend at Penn Pavilion. Sign up now at!  DataFest is a data analysis competition where teams of up to five students attack a large, complex, and surprise dataset over a weekend. Your job is to represent your school by finding and communicating insights into these data. The teams that impress the judges will win prizes as well as glory for their school. Everyone will have a great experience, lots of food, and fun!

Registration deadline is midnight on Monday, March 25, 2019.

We'll have another fantastic dataset this year. In addition to being a great experience for honing your data analysis skills, DataFest is a wonderful networking/recruitment opportunity.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and MS students. PhD students are welcomed to participate as consultants, as well as PostDocs, faculty, and anyone else who is interested in providing consulting / mentoring throughout the event. You can also sign up at

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Duke Alumni Emily Hadley (BS, Statistics 2015), Data Scientist (RTI) discusses Machine Learning in Medical Coding (February 20, 2019)

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Wells Fargo Data Science Group Information Session (February 13, 2019)

Thanks to the Wells Fargo Data Science group for their insights into various types of modeling and computing applications in financial industry and at the organization. 

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QuaEra Insights recruiting visit to the MS program (February 6, 2019)

Thanks to QuaEra Insights for their discussion on cutting edge data science work this morning. Networking lunch is at noon (#211).


Statistics Master's Alumni Event (November 19, 2018)

Thanks to all MSS and PhD alumni who visited the department for the MSS alumni event. The alumni event was organized by the MS students (primarily, the GCC and MSS Ambassadors) and included an alumni keynote, an alumni Q&A panel and networking. 

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We had 9 alumni visiting from various industries and all across the US. Participants include; 

  • Andrew Cron, VP of Science, 84.51
  • Kirti Kamboj, Data Scientist, Patientco
  • Faustine Li, Computer Visition Engineer, Descartes Labs
  • Anh Le, Data Scientist, Facebook
  • Michael Lindon, Sr. Statistician, Tesla
  • Layla Liu, Sr. Analyst, McKinsey & Co
  • Steve Liu, PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Mayhew, Sr. Bioinformatics Scientist, Inflammatix, Inc.
  • Sunith Suresh, Data Scientist, InfiniaML

Master's Industry Day (Statistical Science and Computer Science)- October 15, 2018

The first MSS Master's Industry Day was highly successful with participation from 12 organizations and over 45 MS students. The event provided students with information on career trajectory, industry trends, highlights about the organizations and career paths, and insights into transitioning from graduate school to industry. Organizations were also hiring for full time and internship positions. 

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Organizations participating included:                    

  • Ascent Bio-Nano Technologies, Inc.
  • Asurion
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
  • Conduent
  • Core Compete
  • Duke University
  • Geometric Data Analysis
  • Mob City
  • SAS Institute
  • US EPA
  • Wells Fargo

New MSS Graduate Consultative Committee (GCC) and MSS Ambassadors (2018-2019)

This year we received many applications for membership in the MSS GCC and the following students are selected to serve:  

Graduate Consultative Committee (GCC) - Melanie Lai Wai (2nd year), Sam Voisin (1st year), Ziwei Zhu (1st year), Jonathan Klus (1st year)

MSS Ambassadors - Jie Chen (2nd year), Michael Valancius (1st year), Ziqian Fu (1st year)

For details on role of MSS GCC and Ambassadors, see the student governance page

Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

The Graduate School has produced a video about the Master’s Workshop Series, prominently featuring MSS student, Yunxuan Li. Find the video on the Professional Development Resources for Master's Students webpage. 

Thank you, Yunxuan, for participating in this project and sharing your experience from this workshop series with your colleagues!

  • Friday (August 31, 2018, 12:00 to 1:30pm) - Introduction to Professional Development at Duke
  • Thursday (September 13, 2018, 12:00 to 1:30pm) - Leveraging your Strengths
  • Wednesday (September 19, 2018, 12:00 to 1:30pm) - Developing your Personal Leadership Brand
  • Monday (October 22, 2018, 12:00 to 1:30pm) - Preparing PhD Applications: A workshop for Master's Students 

MSS STAT/MATH/COMPUTING Bootcamp (August 14-August 20, 2018)

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MSS and PhD Students working on an exercise during the bootcamp. The bootcamp is a refresher on basic statistics, mathematics, and computation. 

MSS Bootcamp and Orientation Activities (August 14-August 25, August 2018)


MSS Math/Stat Bootcamp for new graduate students is on August 14 and culminate with Computing Bootcamp on August 20. 

Graduate Orientation for new students will be from August 21 to August 24.

Fall Welcome dinner for all students, staff and faculty is on August 25th, Saturday (15 Harvey Place Durham, NC 27705)- 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Graduation (May 2018) 


Congratulations to the 35 Masters students (26 MSS and MSEM students above) who graduated in May 2018 from the Department of Statistical Science. 

Citadel Duke-UNC Data Open (February 2018)

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Please join me in congratulating MSS students Cecilia Shi, Xingyu Yan, with Weiyi Li (MS student in Quantitative Financial Economics) for winning the Citadel Duke-UNC Data Open! They will represent the Research Triangle area in the National Data Open later this year! We are very proud of you!

MSS Students in the Health Data Science Internship Program (Jan 2018)

Health Data Science Internship

Congratulations to the MSS Students who are making such critical impacts on our society.

Statistical Science Department Halloween Party (October 2017)

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