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About the Department

The Department of Statistics is among the nation's oldest and most prestigious, having been founded by renowned statistician Gertrude Cox in 1941. It receives support from both the College of Sciences (COS) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

The Department provides a dynamic environment for teaching, core research, and collaborative research across disciplines, with formal programs in biostatistics, statistical genetics, and environmental, financial, and mathematical statistics. It also has emerging efforts in statistics education and statistical computing and big data.

The faculty are well-known for excellence in research and teaching, and have received numerous honors. Several are members of the NC State's Academy of Outstanding Teachers, and many are Fellows of our professional societies. Faculty research is well-supported by National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health, among other agencies. Faculty members are well represented on editorial boards and in positions of leadership in our professional societies.

The statistics graduate program is the largest in the country, with about 150 graduate students. It attracts a diverse set of quality students from the US and from around the world. The undergraduate program is one of the largest in the country with about 140 students. A significant proportion of our undergraduates enter graduate programs in statistics.

The Department is the "birthplace" of SAS Institute, the world's largest privately owned software company, and one which specializes in statistical applications. It maintains a close relationship with SAS through student programs and other activities. The Department is in fact housed in the beautiful new SAS Hall.

The Department's location in the Research Triangle provides rich opportunities for interactions with industry; other universities, including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and government agencies. Faculty enjoy collaborations with medical researchers at Duke, environmental scientists at the EPA research facility, pharmaceutical researchers at Glaxo-SmithKline, and software developers at SAS Institute, among many others. The Department is also a founding cooperator of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) and the NSF-funded Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), both located nearby in Research Triangle Park. NISS and SAMSI form collaborative efforts bringing together scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians to study challenging problems, including global warming and spread of infectious diseases.

The job market for statisticians continues to be strong and salaries for graduates are high. Graduates of the Department are well represented in academia and in a large variety of industries, such as pharmaceutical, banking, manufacturing, and government agencies.