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Welcome! Department of Statistics at University of Wisconsin - Madison was established in 1960 by Professor George Box. The original philosophy on the organizational structure was to have Statistics faculty in one central department including those with interests in applications of statistics to a wide variety of scientific disciplines represented in various units on campus. This philosophy continues today, with strong research and training programs covering the breadth and diversity of the subject of statistics in both theory and practice. The department has evolved into one of the premier statistics departments in the world from its inception, generally ranked among the top five to ten in the country on various measures of quality. There are currently over 20 faculty members of diverse and strong research programs, as well as a growing number of staff members providing critical support for our teaching and research missions.

Since 1963, over 300 PhD degrees and over 400 Master's degrees have been granted. We currently have over 100 graduate students and over 300 undergraduate majors. In addition, we have undergraduate students in a new Visiting International Student Program (VISP) since 2014, as well as graduate students in a new Master’s Data Science option (MSDS) since 2015. In this era of big data, we are experiencing unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the field of statistics and are well positioned to carry out research and education in cutting-edge statistical theory, methodology, and computation with applications to a wide variety of disciplines including biology, ecology/environment, engineering, finance, genetics, humanities, medicine, public health, quantum computing, and social sciences.

University of Wisconsin - Madison is a top public university and a land-grant institution with great academic strengths in many areas. Madison, a medium-sized city located in southern Wisconsin, is the state capital and is known for its lakes, restaurants, parks, and bike/hiking trails. Madison is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the U.S.

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With warm regards from all of us in the
Department of Statistics
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Related Links

  • Statistics Department Image Galleries [Link]
  • Statistics Department 25 Year Conference (1984)
  • Statistics Department at 50 (2010)
    • Amstat News article by Professor Rich Johnson (2010) [Link]
    • Statistics Department 50 Year Conference (2010) [Link]
    • Book chapter by Professors Norman Draper, Rich Johnson, Steve Stigler, Kam Tsui, Brian Yandell (2011) [Link]
  • Conference on Nonparametric Statistics for Big Data and Celebration to Honor Professor Grace Wahba (2014) [Link]
  • NSF Conference on Statistics for Complex Systems (2015) [Link]