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Statistical Consulting Help for Organizational Leaders and Academic Researchers
SCHOLAR is a statistical consulting group founded at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009. The mission of SCHOLAR is to provide statistical consulting services to students, faculty, and staff at UCO, as well as industry and nonprofit organizations in the community. SCHOLAR is primarily staffed by UCO students under the close supervision of faculty from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. We work collaboratively on client projects, fulfilling a need for statistical consulting services both on and off campus, and providing our students with the opportunity to gain experience with real-world clients and applications of statistical methods.
- Designing experiments
- Identifying trends
- Analyzing surveys
- Developing statistical models
- Interpreting results
Our students and faculty have experience with regression, analysis of variance, time series, nonparametric methods, data mining, and multivariate methods, and we have knowledge of various statistical software packages including SAS, SPSS, and R. We will meet with you to ascertain your consulting needs, collect and organize any necessary data, analyze the data, and provide you with both written and oral summaries of the results.
On campus we have worked with researchers from various departments as well as administrative offices. Our off-campus clients include large companies and nonprofit organizations. Previous projects include:
- Neighborhood Services Organization – Used logistic regression to help NSO determine which applicants would be most likely to succeed in their program.
- UCO Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies – Used data mining techniques to search for common phrases in participant’s responses following a labyrinth walk.
- UCO Biology Department – Performed a repeated-measures analysis of variance on experimental data concerning wound healing and aging.
- Sonic America’s Drive-in – Performed a time-series analysis of data from a customer satisfaction survey.
To schedule a consulting appointment, contact Tracy Morris, Ph.D. Be prepared to explain your research, including any research questions or study goals. If you have already collected data, please be ready to describe the format and layout of the data.
Our students are selected from a variety of departments. We have worked with students majoring in mathematics, actuarial science, economics, biology, and forensic science, to name a few. The only requirement is the completion of an introductory statistics course. Our students typically work five to 10 hours per week and are closely supervised by faculty members from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UCO. If you are interested in becoming a student SCHOLAR please complete and submit an application.
Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program under Award No. 1611732. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.