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    Top 10 reasons to apply to Graduate School in Statistics at Iowa State University:

    Statistics is the 6th best career.* Help your community using statistics.  First statistical laboratory (later a department) in the US. Do research in one of our national centers.  Cheer on the Cyclones! One of the top Statistics Departments.* Become a statistical consultant.  Have a high paying, low stress career.  Join a student organization.  Ames, IA is one of the best places to live.

    * As statisticians we always debate the merits of these types of rankings.

  • Here are a few highlights among our many papers published or accepted for publication this fall.

  • The Department of Statistics at Iowa State University seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with foundational training in statistics and expertise in statistical machine learning and/or data science. The successful candidate will develop and sustain a high-quality and high-impact research program, successfully compete for external funding, and collaborate with world-class researchers at Iowa State in statistics and other disciplines. Further, the successful candidate will engage in professional and institutional service, teach undergraduate students, and teach and advise graduate students in one of the largest statistics’ graduate programs in the country.

  • Professor Heike Hofmann has been selected for the 2022 Women Impacting ISU calendar. Hofmann is one of twelve women selected for the calendar, in recognition of her dedication and contributions to the University.

    The 2022 calendar will be officially unveiled during a reception recognizing the honorees on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

  • On November 18th, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering announced the results of the 2021 academician co-election. Professor Song Xi Chen, Professor Emeritus of the Statistics Department, who currently works from the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University in Beijing, was elected as the academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. A total of 65 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 84 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering were elected in this co-election.

  • Jae-Kwang Kim, LAS Dean's Professor in the Department of Statistics, published the second edition of his book, "Statistical Methods for Handling Incomplete Data."

    Due to recent theoretical findings and advances in statistical computing, there has been a rapid development of techniques and applications in the area of missing data analysis. Statistical Methods for Handling Incomplete Data covers the most up-to-date statistical theories and computational methods for analyzing incomplete data.

  • Audrey McCombs, co-major PhD candidate in Ecology and Statistics, co-authored a paper titled "Evaluation of the United States COVID-19 vaccine allocation strategy" which was published in The Public Library of Science (PLOS) One. The paper was accompanied by a summary article, which made its way to the front page of The Conversation.

    McCombs co-authored the paper with Claus Kadelka and Rafiul Islam, both from the Mathematics department at Iowa State, Tamer Oraby from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Mohammad Mihrab Chowdhury from Texas Tech University, Mohammad Al-Mamun from West Virginia University and Michael Tyshenko from the University of Ottawa. 

  • Congratulations to Carlos Llosa-Vite for winning the People's Choice Award at the Iowa State University Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition finals held on October 28, 2021. The People's Choice award is based on viewers of the competition voting their preference. Carlos presented his 3MT presentation titled, "Assessing Suicide Risk Using Statistics." You can see his presentation, as well as that of other awardees on the 3MT website.

  • Jon Hobbs, Department of Statistics alum, is the recipient of this year's Lew Allen Award at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

    Hobbs completed a co-major PhD in statistics and meteorology from Iowa State in 2013. He started at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher and advanced to his current position of data scientist in 2016. 

    The Lew Allen Award is the most prestigious early career award that JPL offers. It comes with a monetary prize, and a research stipend to be used by the awardee to conduct research of his/her choice. Dr. Hobbs was selected for outstanding accomplishments in research and development of uncertainty quantification approaches for atmospheric retrievals.

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