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Purdue's Department of Statistics depends on private and corporate gifts of all sizes to bolster the strength of its programs. The support of alumni and friends helps keep the department among the best programs in statistics in the country.

Purdue Statistics faces a broad range of needs to remain competitive among its peer group of the best programs in the country. Read on to discover how your support, regardless of size, helps to meet these needs. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lydia Coppedge, Director of Development, at (765) 496-1147 or lfcoppedge@prf.org or Jesse Goldsmith, Senior Director of Development at (765) 494-7060 or jmgoldsmith@prf.org.

Types of Gifts

Gifts to Purdue Statistics can be made in nearly any form:

  • Cash, check, or credit card.
  • Appreciated property - securities or real estate.
  • Tangible personal property - equipment or book collections.
  • Planned or deferred gifts - will provisions, trusts, estate gifts.

A detailed guide to forms of giving to Purdue can be found at the Giving to Purdue page, which is maintained by the University Development Office

Where does my Support Go?

There are many ways your support can help the Department of Statistics continue to provide a high-quality education. The following options represent some of our most pressing challenges.


Scholarships and fellowships help attract the most promising students to Purdue Statistics. Competition for the brightest undergraduate and graduate prospects is intense, and merit-based awards help bring some of the best students in the world to Purdue. These awards can also be needs-base, helping defray educational costs for qualified students with significant financial need.


The department's faculty members are not only producing research that has a positive impact on our world, they touch the lives of students in the classroom. Support directed to faculty for endowed chairs, research funds, and research assistants enable Purdue to recruit and retain highly recognized scholars and teachers.


Creating an endowment or contributing to an existing endowment is one way for a donor to have a lasting influence on the Department of Statistics. In an endowment, the principle gift is invested and a proportion of the interest generated annually is allocated to the cause. Endowments can be created to help fund a variety of causes including scholarships, fellowships, new equipment, and faculty research.

Friends and alumni of the Department of Statistics have established a variety of existing endowments. Opportunities exist for donors to help grow these funds as well.

Department of Statistics Gift Funds
Short Name (Long Name)
Statistics: The George Casella Fund In Memory of George Casella
Statistics: Anderson Fund Virgil L. Anderson Scholarship Fund
Statistics: Burr Fund I. W. Burr Fund
Statistics: Carroll Research Fund Regina and Norman F. Carroll (Col. USAF) Research Fund
Statistics: Carroll Scholarship Fund Regina and Norman F. Carroll (Col. USAF) Scholarship Fund
Statistics: Cote Fund L. J. Cote Fund
Statistics: Dept. Fund Department of Statistics Fund
Statistics: Fischer Stats Fellowship Fund Virgil Anderson and Gloria Fischer Graduate Fellowship
Statistics: General Colloquium Fund Dr. William and Mrs. Ann Stout Endowment Fund for the Department of Statistics Colloquium
Statistics: Gupta Fund Shanti S. Gupta Professorship Fund
Statistics: JK Ghosh Fund JK Ghosh Lecture Fund
Statistics: Lucas Fund Norma Lucas Administrative Professional Excellence Award Fund
Statistics: McLean Fund Bob and Marjorie McLean Scholarship
Statistics: David S. Moore Fund David S. Moore Undergraduate Scholarship Fund
Statistics: Pillai Fund Pillai Memorial Lecture Fund
Statistics: Puri Fund Prem S. Puri Memorial Lecture Fund
Statistics: Rubin Fund Herman Rubin Memorial Lecture Series Fund
Statistics: Samuels Fund Myra Samuels Biostatistics Fund
Statistics: Studden Award William J. Studden Publication Award

Unrestricted Giving

Many friends and alumni designate their gifts as unrestricted, giving the department the ultimate flexibility to respond quickly to changing needs.

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