Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Washington State University Factsheets

Doctor of Philosophy in Statistical Science

Program URL: http://math.wsu.edu/
Faculty working with Students: 41
Students: 10
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum Score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum Score

Degree Description:

The PhD in Statistical Science is meant to give students both a strong background in statistics and a working knowledge in a secondary field. Core (6) and elective (5) statistics classes offered through the Department of Mathematics & Statistics are taken in addition to five classes from a partnering allied department, such as Biology, Economics, Education, Mathematics, or Psychology. At least one member of the student’s committee must be from the appropriate allied department in the student’s field of research. This creates an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to teach students to develop new statistical methods to solve real life problems that arise in their chosen area of concentration. Statistical Science will be offered as a PhD program to incoming students starting Fall 2018.

 

Core Statistics Courses:
Stat 548 Statistical Theory I (Advanced Probability)
Stat 549 Statistical Theory II (Advanced Inference)
Stat 536 Statistical Computing
Stat 533 Theory of Linear Models
Stat 574 Linear and Non-linear Mixed Models
Stat 575 Theory of Multivariate Analysis

Admission Requirements:

Prerequisites for admission include courses in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Computer Programming, and Statistical Methods. Analysis and Advanced Linear Algebra is recommended, as well as additional statistics classes. The GRE is not required. 

 

Student Learning Outcomes:

A student completing this degree will:

1. Develop knowledge of advanced statistical theory and statistical methodology.

2. Gain understanding of statistical analysis and its applications to a relevant field.

3. Be familiar with statistical computing and commonly used statistical software such as R, S-PLUS, SAS, and data management programs.

4. Be able to apply statistical knowledge to real life problems effectively and ethically, understanding the theoretical assumptions and practical limitations of the methodologies applied.

5. Communicate effectively the principles and methods of statistical science in both written and oral forms.

6. Be prepared to conduct independent research in statistical sciences with a focus on interdisciplinary research.

Faculty Members:

(Bennethum), Lynn Schreyer

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Deterministic Modeling, PDEs, Continuum Mechanics

Asaki, Thomas James, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematical modeling, mathematical biology, numerical partial differential equations, computational biofluids.

Chen, Xiongzhi

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Simultaneous inference (including variable/model selection and multiple comparison) with applications in biology and pharmaceutical science

Latent variable models for high-dimensional data with applications in genomics and signal processing

Analysis of non-Euclidean data (such as networks, shapes, images and tensors)

Spectra of random matrices (including those of sample auto-correlation/auto-covariance matrices) with applications to inference on high-dimensional data

Statistical inference on stochastic differential equations (including those driven by fractional Brownian motions) with applications in finance, biology and geology

Cooper, Kevin Dale, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Cooper, Sandra Clement, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematics Education, Rational Approximation, Continued Fractions

Dasgupta, Nairanjana, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Non-parametric Statistics, Multiple Comparisons, Comparison to Control, Logistic Distribution, Optimal Designs, Design of Experiments, Innovative Methods of Teaching Statistics, The history of statistics.

Dillon, Robert, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematical modeling, mathematical biology, numerical partial differential equations, computational biofluids.

Dimitrov, Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Information-theoretic and probabilistic approaches to neural computing and cognitive processes, non-linear neuronal models, chaotic dynamical systems, non-linear signal processing and prediction, systems identification, neural-based intelligent agents. Bioinspired engineering.

Dong, Hongbo, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematical Optimization/Programming, Convex Conic Optimization and Copositive Programming, Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming, Optimization Modeling.

Evans, Marc Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Estimation for multiple recapture models having heterogeneous captures, and inference for binary and multinomial responses from designed experiments with randomization restrictions.

Genz, Alan C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

numerical computation of multiple integrals. These integrals arise in a wide variety application areas that include electromagnetics, chemistry, physics and statistics. I have developed and implemented many different types of algorithms for the computation of multiple integrals. I am also interested in related problems in multivariate approximation theory.

Hall, William

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematics Education

Hudelson, Matthew G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Combinatorics and Discrete Geometry, Random Algorithms

Jacroux, Michael A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Experimental Design
Linear Models
Spatial Data

Jandhyala, Venkata Krishna, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Change-point problems for statistical models and their applications, Quality control, Environmental monitoring, Econometrics.

Johnson, Dean, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Educational statistics.
Teaching of statistics.
Statistical consulting.
Item response theory.

Kaul, Abhishek

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Khapalov, Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Applied Analysis; Mathematical Control Theory for Linear and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations; Modeling, Wellposedness and Motion Capabilities for Swimming Phenomenon; Systems Theory: Controllability, Stabilization, Observability and Unique Continuation; Control of Power Systems.

Knott, Libby, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

K-16 mathematics education and professional development.

Krishnamoorthy, Bala, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Computational topology and geometry, linear and integer optimization, computational biology, biomedical informatics.

Lapin, Sergey, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Numerical modeling of wave phenomena, numerical simulation of fluid flow, infectious diseases modeling.

Li, Haijun, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Probability, Stochastic Processes, Risk Analysis.

Liu, Sheng-Chi, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Number theory, automorphic forms and representation theory.

Manoranjan, Valipuram S, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Contaminant transport in groundwater, transdermal drug delivery, models for tumor growth and disease dynamics.

McDonald, Judith, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Matrix Analysis and Linear Algebra

Moore, Charles, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Analysis, Harmonic analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Probability Theory

New, Leslie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Panchenko, Alexander, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Network approximation for effective parameters of concentrated suspensions, homogenization of unconsolidated composites and media with moving interfaces, modeling of osteoporosis and blood circulation, and inverse conductivity problem with rough conductivities.

Pascual, Francis, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Engineering Reliability, Failure-Time Models and Data Analysis, Robust Designs in Accelerated Life Tests.

Schumaker, Mark F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Models of respiratory and photosynthetic electron transport

Schwartz, Elissa, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

– Experimental and theoretical techniques to investigate mechanisms in virology, immunology, and infectious disease epidemiology
– Control of lentiviral infection, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV).
– Mathematical and computational models of viral dynamics with clinical and experimental data to elucidate the determinants of virus control and escape.

Slavit, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Teacher development, particularly in collaborative professional contexts, teacher understanding and instruction STEM schools, the ways in which K-12 students develop understandings of algebraic ideas, particularly mathematical functions, and educational technology.

Sottile, Matthew, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Agent-based models
Image processing
Complex systems
Graph algorithms
Scientific computing
Programming languages

Tosic, Predrag, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Data science, machine learning, intelligent agents, large-scale data mining and AI, yber-physical systems, distributed coordination and control, large-scale complex networks, mathematical models and algorithms for smart energy and other grids

Tsatsomeros, Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Matrix theory, linear algebra and its applications

Vincent, Kimberly McGinley, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Collegiate and pre-service mathematics education.

Vixie, Kevin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Geometric analysis and geometric measure theory, geometry and analysis in high dimensions, and data science. Examples include data driven advances in geometric measure theory, image analysis, regularity of minimizers, geometric analysis in metric measure spaces and graphs

Voulgarakis, Nikolaos, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Nanoscale modeling and simulation of soft biological systems and complex fluids. Applications areas: a) gene and drug delivery, b) cell membrane dynamics, and c) energy transfer in biomolecules.

Wang, Xueying, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mathematical Biology

Wang, Yuan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Statistical learning of complex data objects including tree, curves and images
Bayesian variable selection
Adaptive clinical trial design
Compressive sensing and system design

Yin, Hong-Ming, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Financial Engineering and Portfolio Management; Applied Mathematics; Partial Differential Equations, Inverse and Ill-posed problems; Electromagnetic Fields and Semiconductor/Superconductor modeling.

Contact Information:

Emily Lewis
Neill Hall 103
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-8645