BU Student Chapter of the ASA

Welcome to the BUSCASA (pronounced boo-casa, the ‘s’ is silent!) home page!  Here you’ll find information on our student chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA), including upcoming events.

In Fall of 2014, Boston University was proud to become a pilot ASA student chapter.  Our mission statement describes the goals of this chapter:

The purpose of this student chapter shall be to promote statistical practice and research, to unify students across the University with an interest in statistics, and to provide networking opportunities in both industry and academia.

Join the ASA & BUSCASA

ASA Membership is required to be a regular member of BUSCASA. Only regular members can hold officer positions or vote in elections. If you are interested in becoming a member of the ASA, please click here to join. Also, please fill out the BUSCASA Interest Form to become a member of BUSCASA and add yourself to our mailing list so you can stay up to date on current BUSCASA events, meetings and announcements!

Contact Info

If anyone has any questions or comments for BUSCASA, please contact us at buscasa@bu.edu. Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and join our LinkedIn group.

Upcoming Events

Seminar on Statistical Practice – Statistical Forecasting

Date: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Time: 6-7:30pm (with dinner to after)
Location: CAS B20 (BU’s College of Arts and Sciences Building, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA)
Details: BUSCASA will be holding its 4th annual Statistics in Practice Seminar on Thursday May 3rd from 6- 7:30pm in CAS B20 (College of Arts and Sciences Building located at 725 Commonwealth ave).

This year the theme is Statistical Forecasting and our expert panelists will be discussing methods and applications to diverse fields like business, infectious diseases, and climate change. The individual talks will be followed by a roundtable question and answer session, which will provide an excellent opportunity for dialogue across a broad range of statistical backgrounds. (Dinner will be provided during this event!)


  • Alessandro Vespignani, PhD – Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Health
    Sciences, Northeastern University
  • Greta M. Ljung, PhD – Principal Scientist, AIR Worldwide Corporation
  • Udit Bhatia – PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Northeastern University

Jacqueline Hicks, PhD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Boston University

Pharma Symposium (organized by the Boston Chapter of the ASA)

Date: Friday, May 4th, 2018
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Takeda Pharmaceuticals, 35 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge
Registration Fees: $135 Chapter member, $160 non-member $75 student
Registration link: https://bcasa2018pharma.eventbrite.com
Details: The Boston Chapter of ASA is pleased to hold its Second Annual Pharmaceutical Symposium in Cambridge MA on Friday, May 4, 2018. The event is organized by the Boston Chapter in collaboration with researchers from Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc, and Cytel Inc. This will be a full-day event hosted by Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge. The program will feature invited presentations by well-known biostatisticians, focusing on statistical issues and challenges that arise in the Pharma area. In addition to these presentations, there will be plenty of time for discussion and networking throughout the day.