Welcome to the Department of Statistics! We are a small, amicable department pursuing world class research and encouraging initiative and innovation in our students. Statistics is a challenging academic discipline, but the rewards of earning a statistics degree are well worth the effort.

Statistics provides the reasoning and the methods for producing, and understanding data; it is the science of learning from data. It includes designing experiments, or sampling surveys for the collection of data, collecting the information, evaluating it, drawing conclusions, and presenting the results. Statisticians work with people from a variety of professional backgrounds to solve practical problems. The demand for statisticians is rapidly growing in a very diverse area of fields.

We encourage independent thinking, hard work and initiative in our students. Please take advantage of all of the opportunities our department and CSU have to offer. We are here to help you succeed!

Who Makes up the Statistics Department?

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Students from other fields in advanced statistics courses
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Students from other fields in introductory statistics courses

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Faculty and students have won many CSU and professional awards and distinctions
  • Faculty have been supported by more than 240 grants
  • Faculty collaborate with personnel in 32 CSU departments and 31 government and industry organizations outside CSU
  • The Master of Applied Statistics ranked #3 for online M.S. Statistics programs
  • Offering online programs since 1979, online revenues were $4.5 million since 2013
  • Significant commitment to broad undergraduate and graduate student success

Opportunities:

  • Hiring faculty with research interests relevant to Biostatistics, Data Science, Agricultural Sciences, Sports Performance
  • Expand Department initiatives supporting student diversity and success
  • Develop major and minor opportunities in statistics and data science
  • Expand internship program and industry partnerships

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% .

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