Statistics Building

Welcome to the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University. Statistics is the science of inferring knowledge from data and describing uncertainty in those inferences. It plays a central role in scientific research, social policy, and governance. The Department of Statistics has a world-class record of success in education, research and service and has an out-sized impact on campus because of its engagement in educating students in all disciplines and interdisciplinary research.


Department Highlights

Dr. Julia Sharp named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association

Dr. Julia Sharp was recently named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association for excellent and sustained collaboration that advances the development and practice of statistics, for exceptional mentoring and teaching of statisticians and researchers using statistical methods, and unparalleled service to the ASA and profession.

The designation of ASA Fellow has been a significant honor for nearly 100 years. Under ASA bylaws, the Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of one percent of the total association membership as fellows each year.

To be selected, nominees must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to statistical science. The Committee on Fellows evaluates each candidate’s contributions to the advancement of statistical science and places due weight on the following:

  • Published works
  • Position held with employer
  • ASA activities
  • Membership and accomplishments in other societies
  • Professional activities

Dr. Bailey Fosdick Discusses Colorado COVID-19 Surge with Media

Dr. Fosdick was recently interviewed by 9news ( and CBS Denver ( about her work with the Colorado School of Public Health COVID-19 Modeling Team. As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations sharply rise in Colorado, modeling the future of the pandemic in the state has proven to be more and more challenging.


American Society of Agronomy Honors Group of Statisticians

Julia Sharp, along with a group of other statisticians, will be recognized with The American Society of Agronomy Presidential Award. The Presidential Award is given to “…an individual or group that has impacted our society members in a substantive and lasting way…. (Volenec, ASA President).” The award proclamation states: “The American Society of Agronomy Presidential Award is given to individuals or teams who have influenced agronomic science or crop production practices so greatly that the impact of their efforts will be enduring on future science. This year’s award goes to the NCCC-170 and Experiment Station Statisticians. This group’s contributions has taken many forms including: statistical courses in classrooms; one-on-one guidance on specific research problems; resolution of statistical issues surfaced during the peer-review process; convening popular workshops; authoring key books on emerging statistical methods; and participation in and improving grant applications. They have guided ASA members through decades of change in statistical analyses starting with punch cards and SAS and ending with clouds and R. Most importantly, our science, the evidence underpinning our conclusions and recommendations, and the students we have educated are better because of their scholarly contributions.” A representative from the group will receive the award at the 2021 ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Meeting in November.

Congratulations to MAS almun JD Drumheller!

JD Drumheller was named one of the winners in the 2021 ASA Statistics and Environment Section’s data challenge! His winning project was titled: “Predicting tree species distributions in Colorado forests using climate models.” JD graduated from the MAS Data Science program in the summer of 2021. Congratulations JD!

Paper Accepted in Psychological Methods

In collaboration with Scott Liang (PhD student) and Dr. Marina Vannucci at Rice University, Matt Koslovsky co-authored a manuscript recently accepted in Psychological Methods, “Bayesian Continuous-Time Hidden Markov Models with Covariate Selection for Intensive Longitudinal Data with Measurement Error.” This work proposes a Bayesian hidden Markov model to simultaneously identify risk factors for subjects transitioning between discrete latent states as well as risk factors potentially associated with them misreporting their true behaviors using ecological momentary assessment data. Congrats to Scott on his first lead author paper!

Statistics Graduate Student Nehali Mhatre Awarded CNS Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award

Statistics Graduate Student, Nehali Mhatre was just awarded the CNS Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award. Please join us  in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in the Lory Student Center on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. for the Professor Laureate lecture and the Teaching and Mentoring Awards ceremony.

Congratulations Nehali!


Upcoming Department Seminars,

Preliminary Exams,

& Ph.D. Defenses

Department Video Archive

Statistics Department Clubs & Organizations

Student Organized Activities and Research Seminars (SOARS)


Student Organized Activities and Research Seminars (SOARS) exists to encourage community and scholarship among graduate students in the statistics department and more broadly at Colorado State University.


See the SOARS website and full calendar of upcoming events here.

The Data Science and Statistical Learning Journal Club

The Data Science and Statistical Learning Journal Club

The Data Science and Statistical Learning Journal Club meets weekly to discuss papers and current work on topics relevant to data science and statistical learning. At the beginning of each semester, we will select a few interesting and latest manuscripts to study.

See the Data Science and Statistical Learning Journal Club website here.

Stat Alliance

CSU Stat Alliance

Stat Alliance is a student-led club welcome to all students with any level of interest or skill in statistics. Our meetings include hearing from guest speakers in the field of statistics,  making connections, social activities and much more!

See the Stat Alliance website and full calendar of upcoming events here.

Environmental Biostatistics Working Group

Environmental Biostatistics Working Group

The Environmental Biostatistics Working Group seeks to build collaboration and community among faculty and students working in biostatistics with application in environmental and public health.

See the Environmental Biostatistics Working Group website here.

Department News

CSU study finds disparities in natural gas leak prevalence in U.S. urban areas

Over a several-year period, natural gas pipeline leaks were more prevalent in neighborhoods with low-income or majority non-white populations than those with high income or predominately white populations.

Ram Legacy: Elmer Remmenga, Department of Statistics

Elmer Remmenga is remembered by those who love him as many things – an avid hunter and fisherman who always knew the best spots, a devoted father who put family before everything else, and an applied statistician who was integral to the establishment of the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University.

Statistics master’s student wins Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Hackathon

Glenn Swanson, a recent graduate from the Applied Statistics Master’s Program, recently won first place in the Harmonized Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Hackathon, a competition to create statistical models that could potentially help in a health care setting.

Alex Hopkins builds on community she found on campus

Alex Hopkins found community through the Native American Cultural Center and Academic Advancement Center when she started at CSU. By the time she graduated, Hopkins was a peer mentor in both centers, as well as an accomplished alumna.