Statistical Consulting Center

Located in 323 Thomas Building, University Park

Welcome to the Statistical Consulting Center. We are a team of faculty, staff, and graduate students in the Department of Statistics. We provide statistical advice and support to Penn State researchers and external clients in industry and government.

The SCC provides support in the following areas:

  • Research Planning
  • Design of Experiments and Survey Sampling
  • Statistical Modeling and Analysis
  • Analysis Results Interpretation
  • Advice on appropriate software for data analysis

The SCC provides support in the following two forms:


Free short-term consulting. If you are a member of the PSU community you can schedule a one-hour appointment for statistical guidance and assessment of your project needs. In this service, there is a limit of 2 follow-up appointments.  We have an approved fee structure for projects requiring further collaboration.  Please ask for an estimate.  To schedule an appointment, you simply need to complete the Consulting Request Form and after completing and submitting the form, follow the link that appears on the next page to pick a time.

Long-Term Collaboration:

If your project requires deeper and more extensive work over an extended period of time that usually exceeds 2 weeks, you can request a long-term collaboration by filling out this Collaboration Request Form. A faculty consultant will respond to your request and schedule a meeting with you. These projects are a fee for service. See the Fee Structure.

Consulting Center Personnel:

Permanent Staff:
Xiaoyue Maggie Niu: Director
Laura Burghard: Staff Assistant

Associated Faculty:
Dave Hunter, Dennis Lin, Naomi Altman, Mosuk Chow, Aleksandra Slavkovic, Ephraim Hanks, Bruce Lord, Andy Weisner, and Scott Roths.
Additionally, we have approximately 20 statistics graduate students who assist us each semester, as part of their graduate training practicum.

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