About the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology

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The Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology (CSSM) is an academic center in the ISU Statistical Laboratory that specializes in the research and practice for sample surveys. Since 1938, CSSM has functioned as a collaborator in research and teaching with units at ISU and with outside institutions, as a place for graduate students to conduct research in survey statistics and methods, and as a consulting group for campus and external organizations who need assistance with survey methods and statistical analysis.CSSM has developed expertise in the technical and operational aspects of sample surveys through research, support, operational services, and academic courses.​​​​​​

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Recent News

May 21, 2019

Four faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) have been honored with an LAS Dean’s Professorship, one of the college’s newest and most prestigious opportunities to recognize faculty excellence.

Zhengyuan Zhu, professor of statistics and director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology.

May 21, 2019

CSSM graduate student, Xiaodan Lyu received a student travel award to attend the 2019 International Total Survey Error Workshop held in Italy in June 2019.

May 21, 2019

CSSM graduate student, Xiaofei Zhang has received the Survey Research Methods Section (SRMS) student travel award to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) 2019 in Denver, Colorado. 

September 18, 2018

LAS Awards were presented at the Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony on September 12 in the Memorial Union.

P&S Outstanding New Professional Award
Eric Henely, systems analyst in the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology

 

March 22, 2018


Sugam Sharma leads a discussion about a software prototype to connect food donors with food pantries in Iowa.

AMES, Iowa – Sugam Sharma remembers as a child listening to his parents talk about hunger. While his family always had enough to eat, hunger was prevalent and something he regularly witnessed growing up and as a young adult in India.

“It is really heart wrenching to witness a mother in shabby and torn clothes, holding her baby, come to you and ask for help because her baby hasn’t had anything to eat,” Sharma said. “This I have witnessed often in my life.”