The Lamar University mathematics department will host a one-day event for students who wish to learn about careers and research in
statistics. Statfest will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Lucas
Engineering Building on the LU campus.

“One of the main objectives of the conference is to attract African-
American and Hispanic undergraduate students to carefully consider
career opportunities in the statistical sciences,” said Kumar Pial
Das, assistant professor of mathematics and conference coordinator.

The American Statistical Association’s Committee on Minorities in
Statistics sponsors the conference. Minorities, especially African-
Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, are under-represented in the field of statistics and the ASA Committee on Minorities in
Statistics is making efforts to inform such groups of the advantages
and opportunities in the field.

Undergraduate science students and faculty advisors from the
neighboring colleges and universities are being invited to
participate, Das said.

“Through the conference we want to alert students to the tremendous
opportunities available in the field of statistics,” Das said. “We will introduce students to many types of exciting careers and research
in statistics, introduce them to statisticians who can serve as role
models, and provide them with information on graduate programs in

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature a
keynote speaker, university administrators, several topical panel
discussions, including minority graduate statistics students who will
talk about their graduate studies, and exhibits by statisticians from
academia, industry and government.

Minority students from nearby universities and junior colleges are
encouraged to join the conference. Breakfast and lunch will be
provided and a limited travel grant is also available.

Persons interested in attending the conference as a participant may
contact Linda Turner at (409) 880-8792, or email Place a reference to Statfest in the subject