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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Recent News

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.”

October 3, 2017

Congratulations to Richard Dorsch and Zhengyuan Zhu.

August 21, 2017

Hejian Sang receives scholarship for excellent academic records and contributions to survey statistics.

August 3, 2017

Wayne fuller received award for his outstanding contributions to three broad areas of statistical theory.