Our faculty bring a philosophy to the classroom and to their
mentoring that is consistent with our department’s goals.
Maintain a culture where students, faculty and staff receive fair and equitable treatment
- We solicit input through a variety of mechanisms such as
student surveys administered at the course and school levels. This
includes a survey of students at the time of their graduation, as
well as a six-month follow-up survey.
- The chair of the department has individual year-end meetings
with all faculty members to solicit input with respect to improving
the direction of the department.
- The chair has an open-door policy where faculty, staff and
students are encouraged to raise any issues they deem relevant to
the goals of the department.
- The university, through the Office of Equity, Diversity and
Inclusion, has a comprehensive set of policies and mechanisms for
faculty, staff and students to formally air grievances, which the
department strongly adheres to.
Recruit top-tier graduate students
- Lili Tian, PhD, director of graduate studies, takes a personal
approach and speaks with top-tier applicants one-on-one.
- We offer competitive stipends. Top students are also eligible
for supplemental support such as the President Fellowship
- We have set aside a recruiting travel budget, which allows
prospective students to meet with current students and faculty
- The undergraduate minor in statistics was developed as a
mechanism for us to identify and recruit top UB undergraduate
students to our MPH, MA and PhD graduate programs.
- We maintain close contact with other area colleges, such as
Canisius College, in terms of identifying top local prospects for
Prepare graduates for meaningful employment in industry, government, and academia
- We have an excellent track record of working with other units
on campus, as well as Roswell Park Cancer Institute in terms of
providing research assistantships (RA) relative to working with a
variety of biomedical researchers.
- Examples range from four RA positions funded at Roswell Park
Cancer Institute working in bioinformatics, clinical trials and
statistical genetics to three RA’s working in the Population
Health Observatory on problems related to informatics-driven health
care and biostatistical research.
- We provide in-house RA positions that pair two or more faculty
members with a graduate student for the purpose of developing
statistical theory papers in a highly collaborative fashion. These
assistantships are geared towards PhD students with an interest in
seeking employment in academia.
Provide outstanding and innovative teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level
- We solicit student input in terms of electronic quality surveys
for every course taught in the department.
- All teaching assistants within the department are required to
attend a short course provided by UB’s Teaching and Learning
Center prior to the start of the fall semester.
- We are constantly developing and enhancing our courses for our
program to be considered cutting edge.
- We recognize our faculty at the school level for outstanding
teaching. Two of our faculty members have recently received the
school’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
Provide adequate resources to fulfill our instructional, research and service objectives
- We have invested in a dedicated computer lab accessible to all
biostatistics graduate students.
- We provide laptop computers in all student office space.
- We have invested its resources in terms of hiring additional
faculty to cover all of our teaching and service
- We manage seven teaching assistant (TA) positions to assist in
the instruction of the introductory undergraduate statistics
course. We offer competitive stipends as compared to peer
- We invest our own resources in hiring graders for any course
for which enrollment exceeds 15 students for which the respective
faculty member requests assistance.
- Our Statistical Consulting Laboratory supports the university
- We cost-share research assistant salary with respect to
assisting research groups by providing statistical support.
- We provide high-level computing support in terms of hardware
and software for all faculty, staff and students.
- We provide a high level of travel support for faculty and
students to attend professional meetings.
- We provide all full-time graduate students with a membership to
the American Statistical Association.
- We have shared in the cost of developing and sustaining
Recruit and retain a diverse and well-qualified faculty
- We maintain a 100% success rate for tenure and promotion
- The department chair makes every effort to obtain the
appropriate salary increases for tenure and promotion cases within
the constraints of our unionized system.
- We provide substantial resources for faculty members to carry
forth their own research agenda in terms of materials and labor
- We consult with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
for all job searches.
Seek extramural grant support for research and education
- Faculty members collectively submit roughly 100 grants per year
as principal investigators, co-principal investigators and
co-investigators for both research and training grants.
- Faculty members cover approximately 50% of their salaries
through grant support.
Conduct and promote important methodological research
- Faculty members publish their research on average eight times a
- Faculty and students present their research at local and
national research venues.
- Faculty publish papers in top-tier biostatistical,
bioinformatics, public health and medical journals.
- Faculty members have an outstanding culture of collaborating
with each other and working with students to develop joint
Serve as vital contributors to collaborative research at the university and affiliated institutions
- Faculty play an instrumental role in several large-scale grant
applications such as Roswell Park’s Core Cancer Center Grant,
cancer-based SPORE grants, the Gynecologic Oncology Group Data
Coordinating grant and the university’s Center for
Translational Science Award (CTSA) application.
- Faculty members within the Center of Excellence have served on
several economic development-based Centers for Advanced Technology
- Faculty members serve as mentors on the National Institutes of
Health K-awards for both UB and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Provide service to communities, the university and professional organizations
- Faculty members serve or have served on National Institutes of
Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and
Veterans Affairs study sections.
- Several faculty have provided reviews for foreign scientific
- Several faculty members serve or have served on local and
federally funded Data Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs).
- Faculty members and students are actively involved in the
Buffalo-Niagara chapter of the American Statistical
- Faculty members are editors and associate editors for
statistical, biostatistical and biomedical journals.
- We serve as ad-hoc reviewers for numerous articles each
- We serve on multiple university-based committees.
- We serve several community organizations, including the
American Heart Association.
- A senior faculty member serves as a consultant to the
statistics department of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation
in Hiroshima, Japan.