Stat Program Update – July 2015

Statistics is alive and well at St. Olaf. We had 27 stats concentrators and 18 CIR Fellows last year, plus 36 stats concentrators and 21 CIR Fellows for the coming year. A few highlights:
* With Katie Ziegler-Graham and Sharon Lane-Getaz away on sabbaticals, it was a somewhat quiet year. Laura Boehm Vock ’08 filled in ably for a second year before taking a tenure-track position at a nearby Swedish-affiliated liberal arts college, and Jess Bestrashniy, with a background in biostatistics and epidemiology from the U of M, completed her first of two years as a CIR post-doc
* 9 CIR students presented on projects from ambiguity in Congressional campaign websites to understanding compulsive personality to persistence through STEM courses at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Spokane, WA, where we also allowed Macklemore to pose with us for a photo after he rode our small plane from Spokane
* we look ahead to an external review of the statistics program, in which experts from other colleges visit St. Olaf to provide advice on strengths and weaknesses of the program, and help shape future direction. Although this is typically done every 10-12 years, Statistics has not been reviewed in 15 years, so this will be a really nice opportunity to get an outside perspective on our program. If you happen to be selected to fill out an alumni survey, please take a few minutes to fill it out – we really value your thoughts and insights.

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