Welcome to the Statistical Consultation and Research Services (SCRS - pronounced "scissors")!  SCRS is currently funded by the College of Letters & Sciences and the following grants: Montana INBRE, CAIRHE, AI-AN CTRP, and Mountain West CTR-IN.  Investigators associated with these grants are given priority.  If resources allow, we offer statistical collaboration to MSU students, faculty, and non-affiliates.

We offer assistance and collaboration through the entire research process, including general discussions regarding the role of statistical inference in your research:

  • Research Planning/Design: Refining of research questions and objectives; study design (experimental, sampling, survey, observational, …); analysis planning; planning for data organization and management; assistance with developing research proposals; etc. 
  • Analysis: Aligning statistical methods and models with research questions and design; exploratory data analysis and creative visualization of data; assistance in understanding and translating assumptions underlying models and methods; interpretation of statistical results.
  • Dissemination: Assistance with graphical and tabular displays of data and analysis results; interpretation of results in the research context; wording related to design, methods, analysis, and interpretation; writing about statistical inference used in the research; communicating about the benefits and limitations of the use of statistics in scientific research; etc.

The level of involvement can range from a few hours of assistance to long-term collaborations resulting in co-authored publications.  The depth and extent of collaboration is developed on a case-by-case basis depending on the project, researcher requests, statistician availability, and funding.  Our funding sources must be acknowledged in publications and presentations for any amount of effort.  Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions.

For questions about expectations and details regarding payment for services, please contact Mark Greenwood directly.

Statistician and investigators meeting about a project

Request Assistance

To request statistical consultation, please submit a Request Form. Please fill out the form as soon as you think you may want to work with us, preferably early in the research process before the design is finalized and data are collected.  NIH IDeA program grants listed above are currently given priority for assistance but we hope to have more capacity for assistance by Fall 2019.  We apologize for this, but simply do not have the bandwidth to cover all requests.  We also encourage you to still submit a request form to help us demonstrate demand for statistical collaboration at MSU.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Director: Dr. Mark Greenwood

Current Advisory Council: To be determined.

Past Advisory Council Members: Alexandra Adams, Ann Bertagnoli,  John Borkowski, James Burroughs, Steve Cherry, Mike Franklin, Mark Greenwood, Michele Hardy, Megan Higgs, Andrew Hoegh, Kathryn Irvine, Mary Leonard, Andrea Litt, Sara Mannheimer, Scott Myers, Tricia Seifert, Jovanka Voyich-Kane, Donna Williams

Current Statisticians (Fall 2019):  David Lartey, Kelly Loucks, Elijah Meyer, Tan Tran, and Rachel Ulrich

Current Undergraduate Intern:  To be determined.

Past Directors:  Megan Higgs, Lillian Lin

Past Associates, and Consultants:  Christopher Barbour, Katharine Banner, Noah Benedict, Lisa Bowersock, Kenneth Flagg, Bridgett Foran, Leslie Gains-Germain, Megan Higgs, Michael Lerch, Andrea Mack, Maya Marchese, Sarah McKnight, Elizabeth Mery, Christopher Peck, Michaela Powell, Jaley Priddy, Claire Rasmussen, Laurie Rugemer, Jordan Schupbach, Jeremy Tate, Allison Theobold, Stephen Walsh, Jennifer Weeding, Huafeng Zhang

Statistical Consulting SeminarGraduate students in Statistics take the hands-on Statistical Consulting Seminar Course (STAT 510) as a part of their graduate program. SCRS and the Statistical Consulting Seminar work together to provide consulting services to clients through this class. Typically, the Statistical Consulting Seminar serves graduate students in other departments (as the clients) who are willing to work through the slower and free-of-charge process offered through this avenue. This is a great opportunity for graduate students from different departments across campus to participate in cross-disciplinary collaboration (the course however, is only for Statistics graduate students).

Last updated: 2019/09/17