Statistical Consulting and
Welcome to the Montana State University Statistical Consulting and Research Services (SCRS - pronounced "scissors")! We offer statistical consulting to MSU students, faculty, and non-affiliates as well, dependent on consultant availability and funding. SCRS is currently supported by Montana INBRE, CAIRHE, AI-AN CTRP, Mountain West CTR-IN, and housed in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
We offer assistance through the entire research process:
Research Planning: Refining of research questions and objectives, study design, analysis planning to align with research questions and design, planning for data collection and data management, assistance with developing research proposals, etc.
Analysis: Aligning statistical methods and models with research questions and design, assistance with exploratory data analysis, understanding assumptions underlying models and method, interpretation of statistical results, and assistance with coding (R, SAS, or SPSS).
Dissemination: Assistance with graphical and tabular displays of data and analysis results, interpretation of results in the research contect, wording related to design, methods, analysis, and interpretation, writing about statistical inference used in the research.
Additional work will depend on consultant specialty, and the level of involvement can range from a few hours of assistance to collaborations resulting in co-authored publications. Acknowledgement of our funding sources is crucial for any amount of effort. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions.
To request statistical consultation, please submit a Request Form. Fill out this form as soon as possible, preferably (but not necessarily) before data collection.
NOTE: We currently have more requests than we can cover with our summer consultants and cannot provide immediate assistance. You will receive weekly emails with updates regarding approximate wait time.
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
Past Associates and Consultants: Bridgett Foran, Leslie Gains-Germain, Michael Lerch, Maya Marchese, Christopher Peck, Claire Rasmussen, Katharine Banner, Jordan Schupbach, Elizabeth Mery, Huafeng Zhang, Andrea Mack, Sarah McKnight, Stephen Walsh, Christopher Barbour, Tan Tran, Jeremy Tate, Jennifer Weeding
Statistical Consulting Seminar: Graduate students in statistics take the hands-on Statistical Consulting Seminar course 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 clients that are graduate students in other departments who are willing to work through the slower consulting process offered through this avenue. This is a great opportunity for graduate students from different departments across campus to participate in cross-disciplinary collaboration.