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

Data science program welcomes three new faculty

We live in a world of Big Data, and demand is growing for professionals trained in the theory and practice of manipulating and analyzing large datasets. In response, Colorado State University launched an undergraduate major in data science in Fall 2018 ­– the first program of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region. Read more here.

Department Chair Position

Professor and Department Chair – The Department of Statistics at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for Department Chair. The Department Chair serves as chief administrative and academic officer of the department and is appointed by the Dean of Natural Sciences. The Chair is expected to provide visionary leadership for 23 faculty members, including 14 tenure track and 9 non-tenure track faculty and instructors, conducive to excellence in research, teaching, and outreach. See link to job description here.

Open Faculty Positions

CSU Statistics department invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions: an Assistant Professor position in environmental biostatistics and an Assistant/Associate Professor position in biostatistics to work with CSU’s Translational Medical Institute. See full job details here.

Prof. Dan Cooley writes opinion piece calling for increased inclusion of statisticians in climate science research

Prof. Dan Cooley along with colleague Dr. Michael Wehner (Lawrence Berkeley National Labs) wrote an opinion piece recently appearing in Eos regarding the importance of statistics to climate science. Cooley and Wehner argue that statisticians need to be integral members of interdisciplinary climate science research groups, and discuss current challenges that make doing so difficult. Read more here.

Henry Scharf Presented with Savage Award

CSU Statistics department alum Dr. Henry Scharf (PhD, 2018; advisor:  Mevin Hooten) was presented with the Savage Award for outstanding PhD dissertation in Bayesian statistics.  This prestigious international award is given to only two recent PhD graduates in the world each year by the International Society for Bayesian Analysis and the ASA Section on Bayesian Statistical Science (for details see: https://bayesian.org/project/savage-award/).  Henry (right in photo below from award ceremony) also presented his research entitled “Statistical Models for Dependent Trajectories with Application to Animal Movement” in a special award session at the JSM. Read more here.

2018 Best Environmetrics Paper Award

Congratulations to Josh Hewitt and his co-authors for writing the paper, “Remote effects spatial process models for modeling teleconnections”. Their paper, which appeared in Environmetrics, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Wiley-TIES Best Environmetrics Paper Award.

All regular submissions to the journal accepted in 2018 were considered for:

– Presenting novel theory or methodology for a relevant and current environmental application;
– Being well written with large potential for impact; and
– Providing a significant contribution to environmetric research.

The award included a $750 prize provided by Wiley and the paper will additionally be highlighted on the Environmetrics journal homepage.  Josh will also have the opportunity to present his paper at the Environmetrics Invited Session at the 2019 World Statistics Congress in Malaysia (August 18-23, 2019).

Colorado State University’s Master’s in Statistics Program Recognized for Online Learning Excellence

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings has recognized Colorado State University for offering one of the best online master’s in statistics programs in the country.

“In our seventh annual survey of online learning programs across the nation, we wanted to honor the colleges and universities that are providing innovative ways for students to complete a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more accessible and affordable. “Only accredited, public, not-for-profit institutions with at least one online program were eligible for these rankings. The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges and programs for 2018 include the following:

  • Acceptance rates
  • Cost of tuition
  • Number of full time students
  • Graduation rates

An in-depth look at Colorado State University’s top ranking and its detailed methodology can be seen here.

Department News

Data science program welcomes three new faculty

Nate Blanchard, Andee Kaplan and Emily King are helping lay a foundation of growth for CSU’s data science program.

By storing ‘sketches’ of data, computer scientists seek to transform urban systems

A research team is developing a system for streamlining and managing vast datasets that could advance research in urban sustainability.

Recent Ph.D. Scharf receives Savage Award at Joint Statistical Meetings

CSU statistics alumni, faculty, and students were well represented at this year’s Joint Statistical Meetings held in Denver, Colorado.

Department of Statistics to host Institute for Mathematical Statistics workshop

Faculty members are organizing the workshop to promote interaction and networking among new researchers, as well as provide them with valuable insights from leaders in the field.


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