About the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology


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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September 25, 2020

Dr. Wayne Fuller
Dr. Wayne Fuller

CSSM's own Dr. Wayne Fuller, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, was recently named one of Clarivate's 2020 Citation Laureate for Economics. Fuller received this distinction along with his former PhD student, David Dickey.

July 23, 2019




CSSM graduate student Yueying Wang is a member of the ISU Statistics and IMSE team which won the 20th annual Data Mining Cup. They beat nearly 150 teams from 114 universities in 28 countries to bringing home the top prize.

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.