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Biostatistics Unit - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get statistical assistance?
Faculty should contact Dr. Deborah Dawson (N101-9), 335-7189, deborah-dawson@uiowa.edu) regarding new projects and grant proposals. She will provide assistance or assign responsibilities for these new efforts.
Students should contact Dr. Qian (N101-4), 335-7202, fang-qian@uiowa.edu). (Note: this does not apply to those cases where Dr. Dawson is serving on the student’s research committee or where other arrangements are already in place.)
I'm a predoctoral student. Should my mentor also attend the meeting with the statistician?
We request that the mentor be present at the initial meeting. We have found this to be extremely helpful – it helps the project move along quickly and avoids misunderstandings caused by the student’s limited experience with research.
What about faculty mentors for graduate students? Should they attend the first meeting?
We also request that faculty mentors plan to meet with the statistician at least once early in the consultation process. Since many of the students are new to research, the input of the supervising faculty member is invaluable and frequently prevents misconceptions and wasted effort.
How soon should faculty/students/staff approach the Biostatistics Unit with requests related to IADR/AADR/ADEA submissions?
For both student, faculty or staff projects, it is important that individuals consult with the Biostatistics Unit as early as possible. You will need to provide clean, complete data at least three weeks before you would like to have your results for either an abstract submission or preparation for your presentation.
How long will it take to get the results of statistical analysis?
This will depend in part on the nature of the project and competing priorities such as federal grant deadlines. However, a good rule of thumb is that you will need to provide clean, complete data at least three weeks before you would like to have your results. It is usually prudent to provide some additional time for data checking and cleanup. For both student and faculty projects, it is important that individuals consult with the Biostatistics Unit as early as possible.
Can either Dr. Dawson or Dr. Qian serve on my graduate committee?
Both Dr. Dawson and Dr. Qian (through her current appointment through the Graduate College as an adjunct faculty) are available to serve as members of student graduate committees, if this is mutually agreeable. Both are eligible to fulfill the requirement for a "research intensive" extra-departmental committee member in lieu of a committee member outside the College of Dentistry.