Collaborative Specialization (Collaborative Specialization)

Meet Artem Uvarov, PhD candidate in Biostatistics

“The courses that I take are well-structured, the information presented is mind-stimulating, and the professors are always available.”

Supervisor: Guangyong Zou

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I considered many universities across North America. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I visited Canada and Western University, so I was familiar with London and the campus. I came to the conclusion that Western was the best fit for me. Western offered excellent professors, and a variety of courses for each program which fascinated me. I also appreciate the way the university helps international students integrate into the community.

Where is “home” for you?
I have emigrated three times in my life - different countries, languages and even continents. I know consider myself a cosmopolitan, and the entire planet as my home.

Have you worked as a TA or RA?
This is my first year of TAing at Western. Being a TA is a great experience, I'm learning how to teach students and better ways to explain different topics. Also, it is an excellent way to refresh what I have previously learned.

Describe your research.
In today's world it is important to analyze high-dimensional data. The problem is that not all variables are important, and penalized regressions, LASSO for example, can provide us only point estimators for important variables, but not optimal confidence intervals, which are necessary for proper inference. In my research, I plan to develop theory and method to construct confidence intervals for penalized regression models, with extension to clustered data.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
The best advice I can give to students considering to apply to biostatistics is - do not be afraid. As an international student I was ready for challenges, but at the same moment I was terrified by the amount, and complexity , of the requirements imposed on me. But do not be afraid, the university has facilities and staff that will help you to succeed at each stage of the program. If you feel stressed or anxious you can always use a variety of psychological services on campus. There is a great community, you will find a lot of friends and you will quickly adapt and integrate into the university life.

Program Websites

Program Contact

Epidemiology & Biostatistics (

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Western University
Kresge Building Rm 201
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 86263

This program is offered collaboratively by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences. Admission requirements are the same as for the home department to which the applicant is applying. Students in this specialization are registered in one of the two departments. Students are required to take the same total number of courses and have the same thesis/project requirements as other students in their home department. This specialization combines biomedical and epidemiological subject matters with a solid grounding in statistical theory and methodology and is directed toward students who are preparing for a career as a biostatistician in government, industry or academia.

Program Length

  • Variable

Program Design

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • Thesis-based, course-based or project-based

Funding Information

  • The Collaborative Specialization does not provide additional funding beyond what the student receives through their home department.

Admission Requirements

  • Current enrolment in a participating graduate program at Western University.
  • Permission of home department supervisor to participate in the Collaborative Specialization.
  • Supervisor must be an associated faculty member or be willing to become associated with the Centre.

Application Deadline

  • January 15 - For students applying to register in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • February 15 - For students applying to register in the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences

Applications received after the deadline may still receive consideration. Acceptance notifications begin in early April.

Participating Programs

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Statistics