Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 9, Number 1 (Winter 2003)

The Department of Statistics at Iowa State University is pleased to inform you that we will again have a summer research program for undergraduates as part of our VIGRE Grant. The program, Vertical Integration of Research and Education (VIGRE), aims to increase the level of interaction among students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in an effort to better prepare students for the broad range of career opportunities available in the statistical sciences. At the heart of the program at Iowa State are a collection of work groups composed of a number of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Work groups have been formed in the areas of Bioinformatics and Genetic Statistics, Statistics for Engineering Applications, Environmental Statistics, Probability and Stochastic Processes, Statistics in the Social Sciences, and Statistical Sampling Methodology. Future groups may be formed in other areas on the basis of student and faculty interest.

The Department invites applications from highly qualified and motivated undergraduate students for participation in an Undergraduate Summer Experience in Research (USER) organized under one of the work groups. Room and board plus an additional stipend will be provided for an eight-week program.

VIGRE undergraduate traineeships will be awarded on a competitive basis and are restricted to citizens or permanent residents of the United States. To qualify for USER funding, a student need not be a statistics major. Applications are invited from students majoring in any scientific field who wish to gain exposure to the process of data collection and analysis from a statistical perspective.

For more information or an application form, check the Web site

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