The research of the Rice Statistics Department has applications in medicine, finance, energy, and the environment. Our faculty and students have made contributions to statistical theory and methods including modeling of contagious diseases, the genetics of cancer, neuroimaging, machine learning, applied probability, and many other areas.
The Department of Statistics is much more than categories of people: faculty, staff, students, alumni. It is a close-knit community of individuals dedicated to teaching, learning, and expanding the knowledge base of statistics for the betterment of society.
A graduate degree in Statistics from Rice can take you many places: from the most prestigious medical research institutions, to the high stakes world of financial and energy companies, to government research labs, or technology firms. Statisticians are in high demand in today’s data driven world, and our students are placed in a wide variety of industrial, government, and academic positions upon graduation.
The undergraduate program in Statistics has grown rapidly in recent years, along with opportunities for employment upon graduation. Undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research and applications to real-world problems early in their education.
Dr. Thompson passed away in December 2017. His obituary can be found here.