Founded in 1974, The Department of Statistics at The Ohio State University has grown steadily over the last 40 years to become an internationally recognized hub of research in statistical science and of statistics education. The department currently has 23 tenure-track/tenured faculty members, 6 professors emeriti in residence, and 4 associated faculty members with expertise in statistical education and consulting. The department also regularly hosts visiting scholars from around the world.
In terms of its research profile, the department aims to contribute to virtually all areas of statistical science, including the development of novel statistical theory and methodology. Specific areas of excellence include Bayesian statistics, spatio-temporal statistics, statistical learning, and biostatistics. Research is directed toward modern and emerging areas of interest. For example, in concert with the big data or data science revolution, many faculty members include high-dimensional analysis and computing as primary foci of their research programs. A large portion of the department’s faculty and students are involved in interdisciplinary research and make significant scientific contributions beyond the field of statistics. Faculty members are highly successful at securing competitive grants from various research funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH); research expenditures from these grants typically ranges from $1-2 million per year. In addition, the department is a partner in administering the NSF-funded Mathematical Biosciences Institute on the Ohio State campus.