Statistics is the science of data. Students can use statistics and data science in
all fields, including public health, education, business, medicine, and engineering.
Furthermore, “statistician” and “data scientist” are consistently ranked among the
top jobs for graduates due to their high demand and excellent salaries.
We offer both
undergraduate majors and minors. Majoring in statistics can give you a head start to a rewarding career! Our general
major is perfect for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in statistics and data analysis,
and our major with an actuarial science concentration is designed for students planning
a career as an actuary. Statistics is an ideal double major, too. Our minor is a great
complement to any health science, social science, business or marketing major.
For graduate students, we offer
master's and Ph.D. programs. Here is a list of our recent Ph.D. graduates.
Data science and “big data analytics” are hot areas these days, as companies are realizing
the value of learning from large data sets. The statistics and computer science departments
have joined forces to offer a
minor in data science. Courses such as Applied Multivariate Statistics and Data Mining (STAT 530) and
Big Data Analytics (STAT/CSCE 587) provide excellent training for budding data scientists.
faculty are engaged in research in a wide range of areas. We encourage all our students, including undergraduates,
to participate in research.
Our department is always sharing ideas. Whether it's through our
student clubs and organizations or from the guest speakers we actively seek out to present on campus.
Welcome new faculty and students
The Department of Statistics is pleased to welcome Drs. Ting Fung Ma, David Weaver, and James Bird as new faculty members.
Dr. Yen-Yi Ho received a National Institutes of Health grant for 2021-2023
Dr. Yen-Yi’s NIH proposal, entitled “scDECO: A novel statistical framework to identify differential co-expression gene combinations systematically using single-cell RNA sequencing data,” is awarded from the NCI ITCR program.
Our former Ph.D. student Dr. William Cipolli received the 2020 Waller Education Award
The Department of Statistics is delighted to congratulate one of our former Ph.D. students, Dr. William Cipolli, who has received the 2020 Waller Education Award from the American Statistical Association.
Congratulate Dr. Edsel Peña on his new position
Dr. Edsel Pena has started his new position as an NSF Program Director (Rotator Position) in the Statistics Program of the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorate.
Congratulate Dr. Brian Habing on his new position
Dr. Brian Habing has started his new position as an NISS Associate Director for Education Activates and Research.
Assistant Professor and Open Rank Positions (
Review of applications for the tenure-track Assistant Professor position will begin
October 15, 2022; review for the open rank position will begin December 1, 2022. Assistant Professor candidates are allowed and encouraged to apply for both positions.