The SCC offers a variety of services. We offer a free initial one-to-two hour consultation for any research project needing statistical assistance. During this initial consultation, which will typically be a face-to-face meeting between the client(s) and the Associate Director and a graduate assistant, we will provide general advice on experimental and/or survey design, discuss general procedures for analyzing data, and provide, where possible, interpretation of output from statistical software packages. Our goal in doing this is to improve the general statistical quality of research done on campus. This service is appropriate for any sort of research being done on campus, including projects related to students’ MS theses or PhD dissertations.
The SCC’s services are not intended to help students answer Statistics homework questions. Additionally, the SCC cannot provide data entry or data transcription services, nor do we provide independent research, though we are happy to offer advice on how these tasks can be accomplished.
For some projects, this initial free consultation will be the only assistance required. In other cases, if clients feel the need for more in-depth explanations, desire us to analyze data for them, or wish us to assist in preparing a research article or grant proposal, we will provide these services for an agreed upon fee. The fee charged depends upon various factors, as explained in the Consulting Fees link of this web-page.
We are a not-for-profit center, so we aim to keep our fees as low as possible while sustaining the center. Even so, we realize that the fees may be higher than could normally be afforded, especially for those in fields where research grants are rare. Consequently, we also offer some free in-depth consulting (in addition to the free initial consultation) for clients willing to allow their data to be analyzed by graduate student consultants volunteering in the SCC or working in the SCC for course credit who are not on assistantship with the SCC. These projects must meet certain guidelines in order to be considered for this type of consulting; if you are interested in this option, please speak to the Director or the Associate Director of the SCC during your initial consultation.
While our first obligation is to faculty, staff, and students at UGA, we are willing, resources permitting, to accept projects from other academic, governmental, individual, or commercial clients. Charges for such will typically be higher than for UGA clients from non-supporting academic units, as explained on the Consulting Fees page, though rates do vary.
To set up an appointment for an initial free consultation, please go to the Application for Statistical Consulting Assistance, fill out the short form there, and submit it electronically. We will attempt to contact you within 2 business days to set up a mutually agreeable meeting time