CSTAT Information page [pdf version]
CSTAT statisticians have expertise in multiple areas of statistics. We provide support in all phases of research projects including planning, analysis, and reporting (manuscript, report, or visualization and web application). Complex projects can be handled in teams of experts with complementary skills. To arrange for a meeting with CSTAT individual statisticians or teams, please submit this online form ("Schedule a meeting") to describe the project and what you need help with. You will get an email response when your request is on our task list (within one day) and we assign a statistician that best fits your need who will contact you for a meeting.
CSTAT personnel serve as key personnel, co-investigators, or consultants on contracts and grants and can help with the grant proposal development, including sample size considerations, data management, and statistical methods writing. Grant proposal development is free, if CSTAT's statistics support is appropriately included in the post-award budget.
- power analysis
- data management
- statistical modeling
- data visualization
- grant proposal writing and reviewing
Process: Start with the online form "Schedule a meeting" and tell us about your project so that we can assign a statistician with matching experience. The initial meeting is free to discuss the research project, the proposed statistical methods, and the scope of the work. The minimum allotted time is 5-10% FTE for a CSTAT statistician per year of post award. CSTAT provides a budget. A good-faith effort is made by the CSTAT statistician to complete the work within the allotted time. Please contact CSTAT early in your planning stage.
If you only need a few hours of help and would like to include hourly rates, please contact us for current rates.
CSTAT Facilities Statement
Theses or dissertations
Many graduate students approach CSTAT needing statistical help for their research projects for their thesis or dissertation.
For some information on what such help could look like, check this FAQ.
MSU graduate students can receive
- free* statistical support up to 9 hours per year (July 1 to June 30) for their dissertation research depending on availability of consultants.
- free* additional hours are available for students from sponsoring colleges or departments (Sponsors are listed on the About page).
Such hours can encompass meetings to discuss the project; recommending methods, resources, or software; contact and communication time (in person, phone, or online), as well as time outside of meetings needed for data analysis, report writing, or other tasks deemed necessary. This will typically be done by CSTAT Research Assistants and depends on availability.
* Fees apply for dissertations that are part of funded grant projects (see Grant proposals section above)
MSU clients affiliated with CSTAT sponsors do not pay fees for statistics services covered by the sponsor.
Fees apply when: (1) CSTAT personnel are engaged as co-investigators or consultants on grant funded projects; (2) CSTAT personnel are collaborators on research projects or services not covered by sponsors; (3) Clients external to MSU.
This can be in the form of FTE, hourly rates (approved by MSU's financial office), or flat fee agreement for longer terms.
Initial meetings to determine scope of work and potential costs are free.
Hourly rates listed in the CSTAT Facilities Statement.
* Provide help on homework or course projects: Please contact your professor or TA.
* Solve difficult problems to meet imminent deadlines: Enough time needs to be allocated.
* Undergraduate research projects: The faculty member must submit the request, attend all meetings, and be the main person to communicate.