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

Sierra Pugh recognized in ASA Health Policy Statistics Section

Graduate student Sierra Pugh has won a Best Student Paper award by the Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association for her paper, “A Hierarchical Bayesian Model for Estimating Age-Specific COVID-19 Infection Fatality Rates in Developing Countries.” Sierra will present her work at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto this August. Her paper is a joint work with her mentor, Dr. Bailey Fosdick. Congratulations, Sierra!

Danielle Demateis named Sustainability Leadership Fellow

Statistics graduate student Danielle Demateis has been named a Sustainability Leadership Fellow for the 2023-2024 academic year. She will participate in the leadership program through the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU. Her work focuses on understanding the environmental factors that influence health. Read more here.

Two Honors for Professor Dan Cooley

Professor Dan Cooley has been elected as a  Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Every year, this honor is bestowed on up to one one-third of one percent of the total association membership. Professor Cooley has been elected in recognition of leadership and work in extreme value theory and modeling of multivariate extremes, for substantive contributions to the atmospheric and environmental sciences, and for distinguished statistics leadership on committees addressing climate change.

In addition to the election as an ASA Fellow, Professor Cooley received the 2023 ENVR Distinguished Achievement Award from the Environmental Statistics section of the ASA. This award is given to one or two researchers every year. Professor Cooley was recognized for methodological innovation in the field of extreme value analysis, especially for pioneering work in spatial extremes; for leadership in advancing research that bridges the domains of statistics and climate science and for exemplary outreach and mentoring activities.

Ellie Martinez Announced as Albert C. Yates Award Winner

Each year, the Colorado State University Alumni Association awards a graduating senior with the Albert C. Yates Leadership Award. The award is given in honor of Albert C. Yates who served as the 12th President of CSU from 1990-2003 and who brought strength and unity to CSU through his leadership and commitment to community. The award is meant to recognize a student who “demonstrates strong involvement, leadership, and a commitment to upholding CSU’s values, traditions, and spirit.” There is no better example of this set of values than this year’s recipient – Statistics major Ellie Martinez (B.S., ’23).


Read the full story here.

Statistics undergraduate summer research program culminates at CURC

The Colorado State University Department of Statistics launched a brand-new summer research program last year that offered 10 structured, undergraduate research projects to students in the department. The first iteration of the program culminated on April 20th, 2023, at Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC), an annual university-wide symposium honoring undergraduates’ work, where the participating statistics students presented their research findings.


Read the full story here.


Professor Piotr Kokoszka and Professor Emeritus Peter Brockwell have been listed as the only CSU researchers with 2022 Mathematical Sciences D-index over 30. The list is compiled by means of an AI algorithm that uses bibliometric data.

Piotr Kokoszka has made contributions to several areas of statistics, mostly to time series analysis and functional data analysis. Peter Brockwell has worked on the theory of stochastic processes and time series analysis. Both are co-authors of research monographs and textbooks.


Department seeks applications for two Research Associate positions

The Department of Statistics at Colorado State University invites applications for two Administrative Professional Research Associate statistical and/or data science collaborator positions in the Graybill Statistics & Data Science Laboratory within the Department of Statistics.

For the Administrative Professional Research Associate II position, click here.

For the Administrative Professional Research Associate III position, click here.

Preferred qualifications include: Three years of experience in applied/collaborative statistics and/or data science; Demonstrated experience to communicate, written and orally, technical topics to non-technical audiences; and collaborative proposal writing experience, especially related to study design and proposed analysis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, materials should be submitted by March 26, 2023. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.


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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.

Statistics Communication Group

Statistics Communication Group

The Statistics Communication Group is a student-led platform for communicating statistics research to the public. Graduate and undergraduate students conducting statistics research can submit a short explanation of their research for publication on the writing group’s blog.

See the blog page here for more details.


Department News

Statistics undergraduate summer research program culminates at CURC

For students studying statistics, undergraduate research is a valuable, hands-on chance to learn how to use statistics to support real research with real-world outcomes.

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.