Megan Higgs

Dr. Megan Higgs, Director

megan.higgs@montana.edu

Dr. Higgs started her career at Montana State after earning her Ph.D. in Statistics from Colorado State University and her M.S. in Statistics from Oregon State University. She spent eight years as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Statistics at MSU, has worked as an environmental statistician in private industry, and now is an Associate Research Professor and the Director of Statistical Consulting.  She is passionate about scientific research across disciplines, cares deeply about how statistical inference is used and understood with in the practice of science, and believes in the importance of more mindful use of statistical methods and results to inform science, management, and policy.  She loves to combine her statistical expertise with her background in biology and her knowledge gained from almost 20 years of collaborating with researchers from many disciplines. She was instrumental in the creation of Statistical Consulting and Research Services (SCRS) in 2014, bringing formal statistical consulting infrastructure to MSU.  In her current role as Director, she is working to fulfill the research, teaching, and outreach missions of SCRS and to make it sustainable into the future for researchers across campus.  She is appreciative of the vision of the leaders of MSU’s National Institute of Health (NIH) IDeA Program grants who have supported the creation and growth of SCRS over the last four years.
 

 

Noah Benedict

Noah Benedict

noahbenedict@montana.edu

Noah is a second-year Statistics graduate student in the department of Mathematical Sciences at MSU. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in statistics and anthropology from Colorado State University. While attending CSU, Noah worked with researchers in archeology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. He started working for Statistical Consulting and Research Services in May 2018. When not working, he enjoys cooking and spending time with his girlfriend and their dog.
 
 
Lisa Bowersock

Lisa Bowersock

lisabowersock@montana.edu

Lisa is originally from Rochester, Michigan and is a second year Master’s student studying Statistics at MSU. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Cell and Developmental Biology from Michigan State University. She then spent several years working in wildlife biology, focusing on the study of bird populations. She worked for the Yellowstone Bird Project in Yellowstone National Park for four years before coming to Montana State University to pursue a Master’s degree in Statistics. She spent three semesters assisting Dr. Al Parker in analyzing data from various microbiological studies at MSU’s Center for Biofilm Engineering. She started working for Statistical Consulting and Research Services in January of 2019. Lisa’s research interests involve incorporating statistical understanding in the development and analysis of ecological studies.  
 
 
Kenny Flagg

Kenneth Flagg

kenneth.flagg@montana.edu

Kenneth Flagg (Kenny) is a fourth-year graduate student studying Statistics at Montana State University, Bozeman. Recognized by his department as an Outstanding Graduate Student for the 2017-2018 academic year, Kenneth is a well-rounded statistician and a productive researcher.  He has two years of experience working with Statistical Consulting and Research Services at MSU.  In February of 2018, he attended the Conference on Statistical Practice to co-present a poster about the group's tools for efficient collaboration that he helped implement.  Kenneth has served as a statistician on projects in a variety of application areas including clinical and translational research, mental health, ecology, and environmental risk assessments. These experiences have led to an interest in using statistics to promote healthy relationships between humans and their surrounding environment.  He looks forward to a career developing methodologies with the potential to improve decision-making in these areas.
 
 
Jaley Priddy

Jaley Priddy

jaley.priddy@student.montana.edu

Jaley Priddy is from Helena, Montana and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Capital High School. She was accepted into the Hilleman Scholar Program at Montana State and is in her third semester as a student at MSU. She plans to graduate with a degree in Statistics in three years and has been working as a statistical intern with SCRS since August, 2018.  She has spent over 600 hours volunteering for various programs. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, hiking, cooking, and fishing.

 
 
Laurie Rugemer

Laurie Rugemer

laurie.rugemer@montana.edu

Laurie has a master’s degree in Science Education from MSU and is currently in the last year of her master’s program in Statistics. She has taught Introduction to Statistics and Intermediate Statistics for the Department of Mathematical Sciences and was recognized as an Outstanding Teaching Assistant in May 2018. Her previous experience includes work as a statistician at environmental and natural resource consulting firms, as well as the Associate Coordinator of the Science Education master’s program at MSU. As an environmental educator and former Peace Corps volunteer, she developed her love of science and enjoys working with professionals from diverse fields.
 
 
Allison Theobold

Allison Theobold

allisontheobold@montana.edu

Allison graduated from Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO) with a Bachelor’s degree in
Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics. She received her Master's in Statistics in December of 2016, and is currently in her second year of doctoral research and coursework.  The focus of her research is on the
computational expectations and abilities of graduate students in environmental science fields. She is specifically interested in understanding and describing the computational burden that these students are faced with and developing curricula or resources that will help to alleviate these burdens.  In her free time you can generally find her mountain biking or skiing (season dependent!), or volunteering with organizations that promote getting women outdoors and into STEM fields. 
 
 
Tan Tran

Tan Tran

tan.tran@montana.edu

Originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Tan started his PhD in Statistics at Montana State University in 2012. He taught several courses within Math Sciences, such as College Algebra and Introduction to Statistics, and joined Statistical Consulting and Research Services in 2017. He has master’s degrees in Computer Science and Statistics.  His PhD research focus is multivariate data analysis, specifically cluster analysis.