Undergraduate Opportunities

David I. Holmes
Stats to Study Literature
Stats to Study Literature

David I. Holmes uses stylometry, the statistical analysis of literary style, to analyze literary and historical works. 

When you study statistics at Mason, you won't just sit in the classroom. Mentors help you conduct academic research. Attendance at national conferences develops your professional network. And our connections in the D.C. area provide a wealth of internships options.

Opportunities include:

  • Senior capstone projects. All undergraduate students in our program are required to complete a senior capstone project. They work in teams to address research questions. These projects help students develop an understanding of research methodology and promote critical and innovative thinking.

  • Sponsored research. The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) provide students the opportunity to connect with faculty to conduct research. Contact the Associate Chair for Education Dr. Brett Hunter.

  • Travel funding. Mason’s Undergraduate Student Travel Fund (USTF) supports research and scholarly related travel for undergraduates.

  • Statistics travel awards. R. Clifton Bailey Student Travel Awards are given to students for travel to conferences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Internships. The American Statistical Association publishes a list of internship opportunities for students. 

  • National competitions. The Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC) encourages the development of data analytic skills and recognizes outstanding work by undergraduate statistics students.

  • Other research and teaching opportunities. Upper-level statistics majors interested in individual faculty's research or department's grading opportunities may also contact Dr. Brett Hunter for directions.

"Undergraduate research enhances student learning, builds relationships with faculty, increases retention, provides effective career preparation, develops an understanding of research methodology, and promotes critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence."

— David Holmes, assistant professor of statistics