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

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 Department's Bailey Fosdick Featured in CBS Denver News Story about COVID in Colorado

A team of statisticians from Colorado State University that has spent the pandemic helping the State of Colorado forecast spikes in COVID-19 cases says the recent surge in cases in Colorado is mysterious. While some cases can easily be tracked back, the overall surge that Colorado has seen in recent weeks hasn’t been linked to one underlying factor.

“I don’t know if we will ever know what is causing this spike,” said Dr. Bailey Fosdick, Associate Professor in CSU’s Department of Statistics.


Read full story here.

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!

Recent Publication: "Eye trauma in falls presenting to the emergency department from 2006 through 2015"

Channing Parker served as a Statistical Consultant on a project at University of Pittsburgh in 2019, which resulted in a publication in early 2021. The paper, titled “Eye trauma in falls presenting to the emergency department from 2006 through 2015” by Bushra Usmani, Asad Latif, Mustafa Iftikhar, Yasir J Sepah, Channing Parker, Justin A Fliss, Kunal K Dansingani, and Syed Mahmood Ali Shah, was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology on February 1st of 2021. The purpose of this project was to characterize the epidemiology of eye trauma in the event of falls presenting to the emergency departments (ED) in the USA.


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

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.

New Working Groups Generate Research Momentum

Even though the pandemic thwarted many activities in the Fall, three new working groups in the Department of Statistics generated research excitement in the areas of environmental biostatistics, data science and SAS programming.

Introducing STAT 100: statistical literacy

Although still in its infancy, data suggest STAT 100 has been successful at serving students for whom the quantitative reasoning requirement is a barrier to graduation, with completion rates ranging 92-100% .