Research Workshops

The Center hosts workshops featuring Villanova faculty, as well as other researchers, who are leaders in the statistics and data science fields. These workshops not only promote their important research but also elevates the Center as a hub for knowledge in the field.

2023: AP Statistics Summer Institute hosted by Villanova University

2021: “GitHub with R Workshop,” Hunter Glanz, PhD, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

2018: “Glimpsing the Tidyverse: Workshop on R for Data Science,” Michael A. Posner, PhD, Villanova University

2016: “Classification and Clustering,” Rebecca Nugent, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

2014: “Meta Analysis Presentation,” Michael LaValley, PhD, Boston University

2014: “Open Data: One Statistician’s Perspective,” Michael A. Posner, PhD, Villanova University

2014: “Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis: Is there a False Dichotomy?” Len Shyles, PhD, Villanova University

2014: “Structural Equation Modeling: Introduction and Cautions,” Gregory R. Hancock, PhD, University of Maryland

2014: Statistics Career Panel

  • Mary Sammel, ScD, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • William Huber, Consultant, Quantitative Decisions
  • Tim Victor, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Lee, Accenture
  • Devan Mehrotra, Merck

2014: “Introducing Qualtrics, an LAS Resource,” Emory Woodard, PhD, Villanova University

2013: “Managing Missing Data in Scientific Research: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” Paul W. Bernhardt, PhD, Villanova University


Professional Development Events

The Center hosts professional development opportunities for K-16 level statistics and data science teachers in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Philadelphia Area Statistics Teachers Alliance (PASTA) is a group of primarily AP Statistics teachers, along with a few college professors, who meet about four times each year to share ongoing in statistics education and best practices in teaching. To get on the mailing list, email Beth Benzing.



DataFest Philly

DataFest Philadelphia is part of the national American Statistical Association DataFest—a 48-hour case competition where teams of undergraduate students receive a rich, complex dataset from a large company and analyze it for insights.  This competition helps students learn about and refine their skills in data science, one of the most in-demand skills in the workforce.

Michael A. Posner, Ph.D., PStat
Professor of Statistics and Data Science

Maria W. Barrett
Program Coordinator