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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

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.

March 23, 2017

Ames, IA – University Museums, Iowa State University, is pleased to announce the live painting of 13 portraits by celebrated Iowa artist Rose Frantzen. The portrait painting sessions will take place during a March 29 through April 6, 2017 residency in the lower gallery of the Christian Petersen Art Museum, 0003 Morrill Hall, on central campus. All portrait sessions will be open to the public to watch Frantzen’s artistic process evolve.   

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