Curricular Collaboration in Statistics
The Five College statisticians foster collaborations between statisticians and users of statistics by matching statistics students with researchers from other fields. Collaborations often take place in the context of a class. Students in the class are divided into teams. Each team works on one project during the semester in collaboration with one or more researchers from another discipline. Here's a link to examples of projects.
How it works for researchers
Researchers wishing to collaborate with a team of statistics students should email a brief description of the proposed project. A few
paragraphs usually suffice. One of our statisticians will then
schedule an appointment to learn more about the project, its
scope and the expertise required, and whether it is suitable for a curricular collaboration.
We will attempt to match the project with our students and faculty,
according to mutual interest and the expertise required. If there's a good match we will facilitate an initial
meeting of all parties who can then decide whether to collaborate.
We encourage researchers to talk to us early in their research
projects as we may be able to help with the design of studies. Some
projects may need collaboration twice: once early for study design and once
later for data analysis.
How it works for students
Students wishing to gain experience applying their statistical
knowledge to current research under faculty supervision may
Our courses are designed so that students join a research team right
from the start. Each team has statistics students, a statistics
professor, and an external researcher. Each team will collaborate for
the duration of the semester, report periodically to the whole class,
and write a final report on the project.
- enroll in a statistical collaboration course,
- use a statistical collaboration as part of a senior or honors thesis
- join a collaborative team just for the experience.
There are statistical collaboration courses for both graduate and
undergraduate students. Email to learn what is planned for a particular semester.