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The Department of Statistics in the George R. Brown School of Engineering is making contributions to statistical theory and methods including modeling of contagious diseases, the genetics of cancer, neuroimaging, machine learning, applied probability, and many other areas. Join us in building the innovations that will shape the future of medicine, finance, energy, and the environment by supporting our Statistics Excellence Fund or by honoring James R. Thompson’s legacy which provides support for the Distinguished Lecture Series and Student Award that bear his name.

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Whether you choose to give back through an annual gift, establishing an endowment or or supporting a department funding priority, every dollar counts. In fact, most gifts to Rice Engineering are less than $1,000 but together they add up to millions for student awards, academics, research and programs so we can educate leaders and tackle grand challenges. If you are interested in discussing how you can make a non-cash gift such as appreciated stock, Donor Advised Fund (DAF), IRA Charitable Rollover, or through a deferred gift vehicle such as a bequest, please contact and we would love to help facilitate that donation.

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Statistics Department Excellence Fund

Rest assured that contributions made to the Statistics Department Excellence Fund are used in the best way possible to secure the department’s vision and support our students. These funds enable the Chair to direct support to areas of highest priority, supporting outstanding faculty and students and fostering responsibility for future engineers.

James R. Thompson Memorial Fund

This fund, established to honor the life and contributions of James R. Thompson, supports the James R. Thompson Distinguished Lecture Series and Student Award. Thompson joined the Rice faculty in 1970 and was the founding chair of the Department of Statistics. A pioneer in HIV/AIDS and cancer modeling, Thompson's research focused on statistical model building, biomathematics, quality control and computational finance. He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the International Statistical Institute and the recipient of the Army’s Wilks Medal and the ASA’s Don Owen Award for his work in quality control.

Learn more about the James R. Thompson Memorial Fund.