Honors Program in Statistics

The honors program in Statistics allows students to work with an advisor during their senior year and write a thesis about an appropriate statistical topic. Theses may be expository, contain original theoretical work, contain data analysis, or any combination thereof. The letter sent to majors regarding honors in statistics for 2017-2018 can be found here:

Note that the letter does not include a change to the process for 2017-2018 that was made in early November, nor the updated policy starting for juniors in 2018-2019, stated below.

For a degree with Honors, a student must have demonstrated the ability to pursue independent work fruitfully and exhibit a strong motivation to engage in research. Students are admitted to the Honors Program on the basis of a thesis proposal, which must be accepted by the department. 

If a student is accepted to the Honors Program, they will finalize a topic in consultation with Statistics faculty. After intensive study of this topic, the candidate will write a report in the form of a thesis which should be original in its presentation of material, if not in content. In addition, the candidate will report to the departmental colloquium on her or his thesis work during the senior year. Honors candidates are required to take one thesis course during each semester of senior year.

The department will work to accommodate as many suitable thesis proposals as possible. Note that submission of a proposal does not guarantee getting to write a thesis in Statistics.

The final thesis document (an original presentation of the material) is presented to the department, evaluated by the faculty, and the student gives a 30-40 minute presentation of (some of) the material, followed by faculty questions.

For more details, see the course handbook, or talk to a faculty member.

Recent theses and thesis regulations may be found on the sub-pages.