Three statistical sciences professors awarded Connaught New Researcher Awards

September 9, 2019 by Dee Keilholz

Monica Alexander, Murat A. Erdogdu and Stanislav Volgushev have been recognized with the Connaught New Researcher Award. The annual awards are provided to new tenure-stream faculty members at the assistant professor level to help them establish strong research programs and increase faculty member’s competitiveness for external funding. This year the Connaught Fund is awarding up to $1 million to 52 researchers across a range of disciplines.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Connaught New Researcher Award,” said Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives.

“These researchers are doing exciting, innovative work across many different disciplines. It’s the University of Toronto’s hope that this funding will help set the stage for world-leading scholarship and important new discoveries.”

U of T Department of Statistical Sciences

  • Monica Alexander, assistant professor, departments of statistical sciences and sociology, for using Facebook data to measure and understand migration patterns in Canada.
  • Murat A. Erdogdu, assistant professor, departments of computer science and statistical sciences, for his work in non-convex Optimization for Machine Learning: Theory and Methods
  • Stanislav Volgushev, assistant professor, department of statistical sciences and mathematical & computational sciences (UTM), for his resarch in fast and reliable inference for large scale data sets.

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