The statistical consulting center is staffed by faculty in the Mathematics & Statistics department who are interested in assisting consulting clients with general or specific statistical questions. We can assist in experimental design, data analysis, interpretation of results and statistical computing issues. The group members have expertise in a variety of statistical software including SPSS, SAS, R, Splus and Minitab.

Who can use our consulting service?

Any member of the JMU community including faculty, staff, undergraduate, and graduate students can use the service. We are also interested in working with members of the community or local industry. We are willing to assist with a wide range of project scopes including undergraduate research projects, Master's thesis research, Ph.D. dissertation research, individual faculty research, as well as grant research. We will not assist undergraduate or graduate students in cases where such assistance is judged to be inappropriate by their instructors and advisers.

When should you ask for help?

Please contact us as early in your project as possible, preferably before you have collected data. Ideally, you would contact us before writing proposals for funded research so that we can assist with the statistical content of your proposal. If warranted, the consultant may join in your proposal.

What compensation do we ask for?

There is no hourly fee for consulting with undergraduate students, nor with graduate students or faculty who have no relevant funding sources available. Depending on the project and our level of involvement the individual consultant may request acknowledgement, co-authorship or other suitable compensation.

Consulting with individuals or groups outside of JMU would be on terms agreeable to the individual faculty consultant.

What's the next step?

Please email the following information to the consulting coordinator at The more information you provide, the better we can match you with a consultant.

Please indicate if you are JMU Faculty, Student, Staff or not at JMU: 
Department (or major if student):
If student, provide the name and email of your advisor and indicate whether or not your advisor has given permission for you to receive assistance:
Research topic:
Is relevant funding available?
Reason for your consultation:
Do you already have data?
What is your deadline for receiving assistance from a consultant?

You will be contacted within 2-3 days after the receipt of your email to discuss your needs and to provide you with the name and contact information of a statistical consultant with the necessary expertise. 

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