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Activity Number: 217
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, August 10, 2015 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Quality and Productivity Section
Abstract #314215 View Presentation
Title: Preparing Students to Become Collaborative Statisticians
Author(s): Eric A. Vance*
Companies: LISA, Virginia Tech
Keywords: statistical collaboration ; statistical consulting ; industry ; essential non-technical skills ; LISA ; statistical training

Virginia Tech's Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) prepares students to become effective statistical collaborators who can help colleagues and clients solve real-world problems. LISA's training program for teaching the non-technical skills essential for success in industry focuses on 4 steps: 1. Classroom training in the attitude, process, and structure of effective collaborations. 2. A mentored experience in LISA learning to collaborate with researchers. 3. Video coaching and feedback sessions that guide students to analyze data on themselves (videos of meetings with clients) to improve their effectiveness as statistical collaborators. 4. Extensive experience collaborating in LISA and mentoring junior students to move from "theory to practice" to help solve clients' research or business problems.

Since 2008, 179 students have been trained in LISA and 84 have experience leading collaboration projects, which is excellent preparation for a career as a collaborative statistician in industry. We hope these steps will be incorporated into training programs for statisticians to become more collaborative and therefore more productive and impactful in their jobs.

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