Statistical Consulting and Research Services (SCRS)
(From left to right: Tan Tran, Kenneth Flagg, Noah Benedict, Laurie Rugemer, Megan Higgs, Allison Theobold, Jaley Priddy, and Lisa Bowersock)
Welcome to the Montana State University Statistical Consulting and Research Services (SCRS - pronounced "scissors")! We offer statistical collaboration to MSU students, faculty, and non-affiliates dependent on consultant availability and funding. SCRS is currently supported primarily by Montana INBRE, CAIRHE, AI-AN CTRP, Mountain West CTR-IN. The current director and graduate student research assistants are housed in the Department of Mathematical Sciences within the College of Letters and Science.
We offer assistance and collaboration through the entire research process:
Research Planning/Design: Refining of research questions and objectives; study design (experimental, sampling, survey, observational, …); analysis planning to align with research questions and design; planning for data organization and management; assistance with developing research proposals; etc.
Analysis: Aligning statistical methods and models with research questions and design; assistance with exploratory data analysis and creative visualization of data; help 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 Megan Higgs directly.
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. We currently have a waiting list because we cannot cover the requests as quickly as they come in. We apologize in advance for the wait and thank you for your understanding and patience.
Director: Dr. Megan Higgs
Past Director: Dr. Lillian Lin
Current Advisory Council: Alexandra Adams, Ann Bertagnoli, James Burroughs, Michele Hardy, Andrew Hoegh, Kathryn Irvine, Sara Mannheimer, Tricia Seifert, Jovanka Voyich-Kane
Past Advisory Council Members: John Borkowski, Steve Cherry, Mike Franklin, Mark Greenwood, Megan Higgs, Mary Leonard, Andrea Litt, Scott Myers, Donna Williams
Current Intern: Jaley Priddy (Hilleman Scholar)
Past Associates and Consultants: Katharine Banner, Bridgett Foran, Leslie Gains-Germain, Michael Lerch, Andrea Mack, Maya Marchese, Sarah McKnight, Elizabeth Mery, Christopher Peck, Claire Rasmussen, Jordan Schupbach, Jeremy Tate, Stephen Walsh, Jennifer Weeding,Huafeng Zhang
Statistical Consulting Seminar: Graduate 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. Typically, the Statistical Consulting Seminar serves graduate students in other departments 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.