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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 our 2021 Student Award Winners!

See the full list of award winners here.

Grant awarded to Ander Wilson

Assistant Professor Ander Wilson has received a new grant to study the effects of maternal air pollution exposure on birth outcomes. Dr. Wilson is part of a team with researchers at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Danish Cancer Society that received the award from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. The CSU team will develop new statistical and interpretable machine learning methods as part of the collaboration.  These new methods will allow researchers to understand who is most susceptible to air pollution and shed light on the biological mechanisms by which air pollution effects fetal development.

The Department of Statistics celebrates its 50th anniversary

This year the Colorado State University Department of Statistics is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is also the 60th anniversary of its Ph.D. program and the Franklin A. Graybill Statistics and Data Science Laboratory (Stat Lab) – marking six decades of world-class education, research, service, and interdisciplinary support of the CSU community through powerful application of foundational science. Read full article here.

Zach Weller helps to Publish Paper on Methane Leakage for EPA

Zach Weller, Assistant Professor in the Statistics Department, helped to publish a paper that estimates methane leakage from local natural gas distribution systems. The EPA has shown interest in potentially using the methodology to update its GHG inventory.

Congratulations Zach!

Ander Wilson an author on the Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Award

Ander Wilson, Assistant Professor in the Statistics department, was recently recognized as one of the authors of a paper which received the Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Award. The paper is titled Acute Air Pollution Exposure and the Risk of Violent Behavior in the United States by Jesse D Berman, Jesse Burkhardt,  Jude Bayham, Ellison Carter, and Ander Wilson. See the paper here (scroll down to the BEEP Award). Congratulations Ander!

New Course Development by Ben Prytherch

Statistic Department’s Ben Prytherch and Professor Matt Ross (Ecosystem Science and Sustainability) received a $20,000 Digital Learning Initiative grant from the Provost’s office to develop three 1-credit, online delivered, freely accessible R courses.  The courses are currently being developed by Statistics students Alex Fout, Connor Gibbs, and Kathleen Wendt (PhD student in HDFS).  The purpose is to serve students and faculty across the university who are teaching or taking classes that involve data analysis using R.  They found that many instructors have been teaching R to their students as a component of their courses.  This creates extra work for instructors and a steeper learning curve for students.  These courses will allow faculty to direct their students to a high-quality set of training materials that will be accessible at any time, regardless of whether students are enrolled, and will free up time in their own classes to teach subject matter instead of teaching coding.

Daniel Mork wins College Outstanding Scholar Award

Statistics PhD Student Daniel Mork won the College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award. Dan was one of four awardees from the College of Natural Sciences at the 2020 Graduate Student Showcase. Daniel presented his research that focuses on developing new statistical methods to estimate how maternal exposures to environmental chemicals during pregnancy influence birth outcomes. This is joint work with his thesis advisor Ander Wilson.


Upcoming Department Seminars,

Preliminary Exams,

& Ph.D. Defenses

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

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% .

Assistant professor develops novel methods for analyzing microbiome data

Human microbiome research seeks to better understand the role of our microbial communities and how they interact with their host, respond to their environment and influence disease. 

Graduate Student Spotlight: Lucy Lu

In her first years here, Lucy developed a framework that combines methods from applied mathematics and computer science to fuse mechanistic partial differential equations with statistical models in a big data setting.