Paul McNicholas Receives a Steacie Fellowship

McMaster University

McMaster researcher Paul McNicholas has been awarded the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s prestigious E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship. McNicholas, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics and a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, is one of six researchers to receive the fellowship which is awarded annually to enhance the career development of highly promising scientists and engineers who are earning a strong international reputation for original research. A professor of mathematics and statistics, and the director of McMaster’s MacDATA Institute, McNicholas is a leading expert in developing new statistical and machine learning methods and tools to analyse large or complex datasets, and works with researchers from diverse disciplines to apply these approaches to difficult data analysis problems. “This fellowship is a wonderful recognition of the increasing importance of research in statistics, especially in light of the deluge of new data types that we’ve seen in recent years,” says McNicholas who is only the second statistician ever to receive the Steacie Fellowship. Steacie Fellowships are held for a two-year period at a Canadian university or affiliated research institution. Each fellow receives a grant of $250,000 over two years and is relieved of teaching and administrative duties, enabling them to devote their time and energy to research.

Governor General Julie Payette and Paul McNicholas

Acknowledgements: This news item contains excerpts from the article “McMaster statistician awarded prestigious Steacie Fellowship” written by Erika Balch for the McMaster University’s Daily News (


Saturday, August 3, 2019

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