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Prospective Ph.D. Students

Why Choose UM Statistics  

The Faculty:

The department has many eminent faculty members working on the frontiers of modern statistical science, with a broad range of research interests from core theory to applications. Many of the faculty have received prestigious honors from national and international statistical organizations and have served on editorial boards of top journals in the field. Most faculty have multiple federally funded research grants and frequently support their senior Ph.D. students as research assistants. Most faculty have interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in other fields, including life sciences, engineering and computer science, social sciences, business, and medicine, and several hold courtesy appointments in other departments. We also collaborate with statisticians and others with close interests in BiostatisticsElectrical Engineering and Computer ScienceMathematicsComplex SystemsIndustrial and Operations EngineeringSurvey Methodology, the Institute for Social ResearchSchool of Information, and the Ross School of Business.

The Students:

Our diverse community of graduate students comes from many different countries and many undergraduate majors, including  mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, economics, policy and management, sociology, and political science. Graduate students are an integral part of the energetic intellectual environment in the department. They organize the student seminar series and the Michigan Student Symposium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Sciences as well as various social events.   

The University:

The University of Michigan is a world-class university, ranked consistently in the top 20 in the world. The majority of programs and departments across the university are in the top 5–10 in their field. Many of our faculty members have interdisciplinary collaborations, and our graduate students have the opportunity to work with leading scientists in a range of fields. Michigan also has an excellent medical school and a large and a highly respected university hospital, providing many additional opportunities for collaborations in the life sciences.    

The Town:

Ann Arbor is a very pleasant place to live. The cultural and recreational opportunities are comparable to those found in much larger cities but without many of the disadvantages of big city life. The climate is milder than in many other areas of the Midwest due to a relatively greater distance from the Great Lakes, and a major international airport (DTW) is only 30 minutes away. Ann Arbor also has many good restaurants, beautiful parks, and excellent public schools. For more information about all that the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor communities have to offer, visit Uniquely Michigan.