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Welcome to the Department of Statistics and the Statistical Laboratory.

The Statistical Laboratory, established by George W. Snedecor in 1934, was the first of its kind in the nation. The Department of Statistics was established in 1947 and it is housed in Snedecor Hall on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames, Iowa. The primary mission of the Department and the Statistical Laboratory is the advancement of statistical knowledge. Read more about


Recent News

May 1, 2018

STAT 401 has now been renumbered to STAT 587 -- same course, only the number has changed.  Similarly, STAT 447 is now STAT 588.  Completion of these two courses continues to be requirements in our graduate minor programs.

April 3, 2018


By Paula Van Brocklin, Office of the Vice President for Research

After reviewing dozens of applications, Iowa State University’s Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has named nine faculty members to the second cohort of PSI Faculty Scholars. Faculty selected represent three of the university’s eight colleges – Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

February 6, 2018

Israel A. Almodóvar-Rivera (Ph.D., Iowa State Statistics, 2017 and currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Puerto Rico) won second place in the 2018 Student Paper competition of the American Statistical Association's (ASA) Section on Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MDD) for his co-authored submission “FAST Adaptive Smoothing and Thresholding for Improved Activation Detection in Low-Signal fMRI” (current version at

November 2, 2017

Danica Ommen, an assistant professor in Statistics, won the Stephen E. Fienberg CSAFE Young Investigator award at the 2017 International Conference on Forensic Inference. The Stephen E. Feinberg CSAFE Young Investigator Award rewards and encourages excellence in forensic statistics at an early stage of career development, as personified by the late Stephen E. Fienberg.