Welcome to the webpage of the Department of Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University. Our Department has a long and proud tradition of excellence for world-class research and training for over 65 years.

The Department awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Statistics, and partners with the Department of Mathematics in awarding the bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science.
The Department is home to an internationally renowned faculty with a wide variety of expertise in fundamental and interdisciplinary research, over 100 graduate students, and about 80 undergraduate students from many countries of the world. Graduates of our programs go on to careers in academia, industry and government.


News

Taps Maiti announced as MSU Foundation Professor -
Taps Maiti and President Lou Anna K. SimonSTT’s own Prof. Taps Maiti has been promoted to the endowed and coveted rank of MSU Foundation Professor! President Lou Anna K. Simon and Provost June Pierce Youatt presided over a high-profile ceremony at the Kellogg Conference Center on Friday, September 22, to honor him and all the newly named and endowed professors at MSU. His new rank recognizes Prof. Maiti’s leading national and international role in cutting-edge statistical theory and methods connecting to diverse research fields. His work has been applied to business analytics, medical bioinformatics, and biomedical engineering. Always on the lookout for high-impact applications, he is now working on analyzing data from MSU’s new particle accelerator project: the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Congratulations, Prof. Maiti!


Leo Neufcourt joins MSU researchers -
Leo Neufcourt PhotoSTT announces the arrival of Leo Neufcourt, who comes to us from the Ph.D. program in Statistics at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he worked on probability theory and financial mathematics under the direction of Prof. Philip Protter. Leo completed his Master's-level research on stochastic analysis and Malliavin calculus under the supervision of Prof. Frederi Viens, Chair of STT, while he was visiting the Center for Stochastic Modeling (CIMFAV) at the Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile. Leo will spend two years as a research associate at MSU, where he will engage in many projects with various teams in STT and other units on campus. Notably, he is already engaged in an exciting new collaboration between STT and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) where he joins FRIB chief scientist Prof. Witold Nazarewicz and his team, STT Chairperson Frederi Viens, and STT's MSU Foundation Professor Taps Maiti, as they develop new Bayesian tools to quantify uncertainty in nuclear physics models. See the joint FRIB/STT press release here. Leo is also starting a new collaboration with an STT team, as well as Prof. Bengt Arnetz, Chair of the department of Family Medicine, and Prof. Judy Arnetz, Associate Chair for Research in the same department, where they will investigate new predictive models and their Bayesian analyses for improving healthcare outcomes in Michigan. We are very excited about Leo's arrival in STT at MSU, and look forward to his successful collaborations.


Mark Meerschaert named among Thompson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers - Mark Meerschaert Photo
Along with five other MSU faculty members, Mark Meerschaert has been named as one of Thompson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers for 2016. The Highly Cited Researchers list is derived from papers that are defined as those in the top 1% by citations for their field and publication year in the Web of Science.


Congratulations to our new PhDs! - The Statistics and Probability Department is proud of our 9 new PhD Students!
Graduating S T T Students. Caption contains names
Pictured: Frederi Viens (Dept. Chair), Shunjie Guan, Liangliang Zhang, Guiling Shi, Pei Geng, Atreyee Majumder, Abdhi Sarkar, Sneha Jadhav, Taps Maiti (Graduate Director). Not Pictured: Irena Tesnjak & Jingyi Zhang


Statistics and Probability Department Names New Chair - Frederi G. Viens has been named chairperson of Michigan State University’s Statistics and Probability Department, effective August 16, 2016
Viens comes to MSU from Purdue University where he was a professor of statistics and mathematics, and recently completed a term as program director at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. At Purdue, he also served as director of the computational finance graduate program for more than a decade, and as associate director of the actuarial science undergraduate program, in which he designed new SOA-compliant courses and restructured offerings. Prior to that, he was assistant professor of mathematics at the University of North Texas, and an NSF postdoctoral fellow in Barcelona and Paris.



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