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Statistical Consulting Services

Statistical consulting services for current VCU faculty, staff and students are provided by appointment by graduate students from VCU Department of Biostatistics and by graduate students and faculty from VCU Statistical Sciences & Operations Research.    

Two Levels of Consulting Services Are Provided:

  1. Free Services

    The goals of our free statistical consulting services are to provide:
    1. Current VCU faculty, staff and students with the statistical advice and technological know-how so that you may independently analyze your data.
    2. Support for you to do your own research work; it is not our goal to do your research for you or provide free tutoring.
    3. Information about available analytical and instructional resources.
    4. Direction in and understanding of your statistical analyses and the software in which you are working. 
    Conditions of Free Statistical Consulting Services:
    1. Each currently enrolled VCU student is offered 4 hours of no charge consulting per semester. 
      Additional time may be requested by the student’s adviser by email. 
    2. Each VCU faculty/staff member is offered 4 hours of no charge consulting per project.
    3. If you "No Show" for an appointment, it counts as a 1 hour visit.   
    4. We can suggest various analyses which can be performed on your data, as well as give the pros/cons. The decision on which to use is up to you (or you and your advisor/dissertation committee).
    Statistical Consulting Services Provided:
    1. Study and experiment design
    2. Statistical planning for grant writing
    3. Selection of Statistical Software
    4.  Data Collection and Data Management Strategies
    5. Power Analysis / Sample Size Determination
    6. Choice of Appropriate Statistical Methods
    7. Understanding Your Statistical Analysis
    8. Interpreting Your Results
    9. Statistical Software Installation / Upgrade Support 
  2. Fee Based Services
    The following services may be provided on a fee for service basis:
    1. Write program code for you 
    2. Analyze data for you 
    3. Provide one-on-one tutoring in statistics and/or software packages
      Financial arrangements are negotiated between the client and the consultant.
      To request fee based services email statconsult@vcu.edu

Consulting Appointments:

  • To request an appointment
  • Consulting is available by appointment only.
  • Consultation often requires multiple appointments.
  • Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • During peak times, it may take 1-3 weeks to get an appointment.

  Consulting Schedule



Day 

       Harris Hall 4123 
     Monroe Park Campus  
        1015 Floyd Ave.

   Sanger Hall B1-018L 
       Medical Campus
    1101 E. Marshall St.

 

 Monday         3:30 pm - 5:00 pm   
 Tuesday     9:00 am - 12:00 am   8:00 am - 2:00 pm   
 Wednesday      9:00 am - 11:00 am      
 Thursday    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm   8:00 am - 11 am  
 Friday     9:00 am - noon     

What We Can’t  Do:

  • Do Your Homework For You
    Please see your professor or TA for coursework help.
     
  • Turn Back the Clock
    • Data analysis often takes longer than people often plan for. 
    • To ensure you meet your deadlines, start early and set aside sufficient time to prepare your grant request or analyze your data.

Co-Authorship and Acknowledgement:

If the Statistical Consultant contributes in any substantial way to a publication, with advice, planning, or analysis, then he or she is entitled to be a co‐author (if their material is being used), and in that case the statistical consultant also has a responsibility for the publication as a whole as outlined in the JAMA criteria.

Otherwise a statement of acknowledgement similar to the following may be appropriate:   

"The Statistical Consulting Service at Virginia Commonwealth University and in particular [name the consultant] assisted with the design and analysis of this experiment [or study or project]."

Articles: Please send copies of all articles that recognize the Statistical Consulting Service at Virginia Commonwealth University to statconsult@vcu.edu

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This article was updated: 09/25/2013

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