For Prospective Students
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is seated in the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech. The mission of LISA is to improve research across the Virginia Tech community by providing statistical expertise and education to all members of the academic community. LISA provides statistics graduate students the opportunity to work with researchers across Virginia Tech, the state, and even the world. LISA collaborators apply their statistical expertise to problems in fields such as urban studies, engineering, bioinformatics, horticulture, psychology, economics, wildlife science, education, food sciences, finance, and many others.
Learning how to apply statistical methodology to real world problems is a fundamental component of a successful graduate education in statistics. To do this one must not only excel in the classroom, but also have the opportunity to hone communication and technical skills in a collaborative research environment. Graduate students involved in LISA will learn and apply technical skills, and also become well-versed in effective communication with both the technical and non-technical audience. By combining technical knowledge with effective communication, the LISA collaborator will have a tangible impact on the ultimate success of the research project.
Graduate students who become involved in LISA are exposed to a comprehensive collaborative experience. Students get a unique opportunity to apply technical skills from their coursework to real world problems in a supervised learning environment.
Consider the following merits:
•LISA has two full time faculty members dedicated to mentoring students.
•Opportunities to work on real world projects in a multitude of fields. Broaden your knowledge in fields other than statistics.
•Be part of LISA team: Weekly meetings provide opportunity to discuss collaboration issues.
•Begin as an associate collaborator. Grow into a lead collaborator.
•Develop communication skills that will make you a strong collaborator and also help you in your professional career. Build short and long term collaborative relationships with Virginia Tech researchers.
•Learn and use a variety of statistical software packages such as R, SAS, JMP, and others.
•Opportunities to teach two-hour short courses on a statistical topic, hold walk-in hours to answer quick statistical questions, and collaborate with researchers on longer-term projects.
•Apply statistics in the field both on and off the Virginia Tech campus. LISA collaborators have traveled out of the country for statistical collaboration in the Dominican Republic and research trips to Mozambique and other countries are planned for the future.
•LISA annually provides funding for students to present their work at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM 2011 in Miami Beach, 2012 in San Diego, 2013 in Montreal.)
•LISA worked on 353 collaboration projects in 2011.
•Work alongside Virginia Tech’s active chapter of StatCom.
As a graduate student in LISA, you may look forward to a top tier experience in statistical collaboration that will serve you well throughout your professional career.