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, which is described below.

Students interested in writing a thesis in statistics must pass the honors qualifying exam during their junior year. The honors qualifying exam in statistics is composed of two parts.

For 2017-2018, the first part is identical to the part of the mathematics honors qualifying exam core section covering Math 271/272 (Linear Algebra). The second part is similar in structure to the subject portion of the mathematics honors qualifying exam, but covers Math/Stat 360.  We encourage students preparing for the qualifying exam to refer to the mathematics comprehensive page for the Linear Algebra portion of the core, and the probability subject exam page for the subject portion. The departmental policy regarding the honors qualifying exam in statistics can be found here.

After passing the exam, students should consult with possible advisors to discuss possible topics and submit a thesis proposal, typically due in early April. If a student's thesis proposal is accepted, they are formally accepted to the Honors Program and should then finalize a topic in consultation with Statistics faculty.

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

Honors candidates complete a thesis course during each semester of their senior year.

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 (including help with formatting) may be found on the sub-pages.