Undergraduate research in statistics provides opportunities for gaining experience in data analysis, reading and writing about statistics, and collaboration with Statistics faculty mentors and their research teams. By doing an undergraduate research project, you will develop a deeper understanding of statistics, whether as a first/second year student considering a statistics major, or as a junior/senior considering graduate school and other career options. It is recommended that students considering graduate school participate in research during the course of their academic studies.
The two largest programs for Undergraduate research in data science and statistics are the Undergraduate Research Program in Statistics (URPS) and the honors thesis. There are also other faculty research projects that include undergraduates that are not in either of these programs. Other statistics research-related activities involving undergraduates include the following:
- The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) provides research opportunities for first and second year students.
- The annual Michigan Student Symposium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Sciences (MSSISS). MSSISS provides a forum for presenting completed research projects, and an opportunity to see the range and scope of statistical activity across the University of Michigan. Most of the research projects are carried out by graduate students, but undergraduates are welcome to participate and many have!
- The Statistics department occasionally runs a data mining competition.
- A relevant national forum is the free Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference, and the associated Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition.
- The Center for Statistics, Computing, and Analytics Research (CSCAR) sometimes employs undergraduates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about opportunities for involvement with CSCAR.