The Conference of Texas Statisticians (COTS) was established at the annual American Statistical Association (ASA) meeting in Houston in 1980. The first COTS meeting was held in Waco in 1981. Beginning in 1985 the Texas Chapters of the ASA were invited to set up the Council of Texas Statisticians with representatives from each Texas Chapter. The conference has been held every year since 1981. This meeting will provide statisticians with an opportunity for social and intellectual exchange with other researchers. Senior and junior researchers, as well as students, are invited to present their research talks or posters at the COTS.
A workshop on “Novel Data Science Methods for Complex Data” is also organized. The workshop is open to students and junior faculty. The workshop will be held on the morning of September 18th and will be led by two leading experts in the field.
Poster Competition: The COTS 2020 is pleased to announce the Poster Competition for students. Students are encouraged to showcase their latest research findings through a poster presentation. Students who are enrolled in an MS/Ph.D. (or equivalent) program in Statistics or related fields on April 15, 2020, are eligible. Women and under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The competition winners will be chosen based on the quality and content of these poster presentations as determined by a panel of judges and will be announced at the conference. The participant must be the lead author of the poster submitted. Eligible students are invited to submit a poster in a Student Poster Competition at the Conference. Please send your poster, a letter from your adviser, your CV and letters from the co-authors stating that you are the lead author (if applicable). Please submit all the documents in one PDF format file to Dr. Sunil Mathur at Sunil.Mathur@tamucc.edu. The deadline to submit the entry for the Poster Competition is September 7, 2020. Participants are also required to register and upload the title and abstract of the research poster online at http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/news-and-events/cots/register.html. Please follow the guidelines given on the conference website to prepare your poster.
Junior Researcher Award: Junior researchers are encouraged to submit a research paper in topics on either methodology or novel application of statistical methods to problems in other disciplines. Junior researchers must be within five years of his/her terminal degree, i.e., MD, Ph.D., etc. on April 15, 2020, and not above Instructor or Assistant Professor level. Previous award recipients are not eligible to compete. Papers must be unpublished results of original research in statistics or related disciplines, with the first publication of the results to be associated with this award competition. The competition winners will be chosen based on the quality and content of these paper presentations as determined by a panel of judges and will be announced at the conference. Jointly authored papers are acceptable, but the applicant must be the lead author and present the work in the COTS 2020. Please send your paper/manuscript and your CV. Please submit all the documents in one PDF format file to Dr. Sunil Mathur at Sunil.Mathur@tamucc.edu. The deadline to submit the entry for the Junior Researcher Award is September 7, 2020. Participants are also required to register and upload the title and abstract of the research paper online at http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/news-and-events/cots/register.html.
Don Owen Award: A highlight of the COTS 2020 is the presentation of the annual Don Owen Award for excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community, selected by the COTS committee. The award will be presented at the conference banquet.
The morning workshop is optional, and it is geared towards junior researchers and students. The COTS starts in the afternoon of September 18th and will end on September 19th evening by 5 PM. The conference banquet is in the evening of September 18th (7 PM – 9 PM) in which awards will be presented.
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To register, click here. Early Registration is $100 for faculty and $45 for students if you register by August 18, 2020. Also, the early registration fee for the workshop on Data Science is $40 for faculty and $20 for students if you register by August 18, 2020.