This course is meant to give students pursuing a Ph.D. in Statistics
an organized introduction to the necessary skills and knowledge for a
career in statistical research, starting with the first formal
research activity, the dissertation. Course topics and class format
(lecture, panel discussion, etc.) will vary from week to week, as
described in the syllabus below.
Course materials:
Check here frequently for new materials and links!
1/18/05 -- "Getting the information you need" (pdf)
1/25/05 and 2/1/05 -- "Introdution to LaTeX"
(pdf)
and the
LaTeX
source code to create the slides (and the
figure
in pdf format -- it can be converted to postscript using the "convert" utility;
type "man convert" on unity)
2/1/05 -- "Presentations using seminar.sty"
(pdf)
and the
LaTeX
source code to create the slides (and the additional
figure
in pdf format; see above)
2/15/05 -- "Written communication: Conveying scientific
information effectively" (pdf)
and the LaTeX
source code to create the slides using the Prosper package
3/1/05 -- "Academic publication: Journals and the journal
editorial process" (pdf),
the
LaTeX source code to create the slides using the Prosper package,
and handout on "Tips for publishing in statistical journals"
(pdf)
3/15/05 -- "Oral communication: Giving effective oral
presentations" (pdf)
and the
LaTeX source code to create the slides using the Prosper package
4/5/05 -- "Positions in academia: An overview" (pdf)
and the LaTeX
source code to create the slides using the Prosper package
4/12/05 -- "The job search" (pdf)
and the
LaTeX source code to create the slides using the Prosper package
4/19/05 -- "Grants: An introduction" (pdf)
and the LaTeX
source code to create the slides using the Prosper package
4/26/05 -- "Professional ethics for statisticians: Issues and
advice" (pdf)
and the LaTeX
source code to create the slides using the Prosper package
Assignments
Assignment 1: Searching the literature (Due Tuesday, 2/1/05),
(pdf)
and
topic assignments.
Assignment 2: Proposal for the simulation study (Due Tuesday,
3/15/05), (pdf)
and
a sample problem.
Assignment 3: Simulation study paper (Due Tuesday,
4/19/05), (pdf).
See the article "Statistics and Ethics: Some Advice for Young
Statisticians" by S.B. Vardeman and M.D. Morris in the February 2003
issue of
The American Statistician