Mu Sigma Rho

Mu Sigma Rho is the national honorary society for statistics.  Its purpose is to promote and encourage scholarly activity in statistics and the recognition of outstanding achievement among students in eligible academic institutions. We encourage you to nominate students for membership.  More information about Mu Sigma Rho


Faculty members or professional statisticians may nominate students attending a college or university in Kansas or western Missouri. The nominator is responsible for completing the nomination form, forwarding a copy of the student’s academic transcript, and paying the $5 nomination fee to one of the Committee members.  Completed nomination forms are due to Mu Sigma Rho local Committee member by March 1st of each year.

Undergraduate students shall:
  1. have completed at least 2 years of college course work;
  2. have completed 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of statistics courses, of which at least 5 semester hours (7 quarter hours) shall be junior level statistics course work; 
  3. have a 3.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all statistics courses; and
  4. be in the top 1/3 of their junior or senior class in all course work.
Junior level statistics courses would typically include intermediate statistics courses such as Regression, Linear Models, Design of Experiments, Bayesian methods or Mathematical Statistics. Statistics research undertaken as an honors thesis, independent study or summer project may substitute for one of these classes. Typically, only half of a two-semester or two-quarter Probability/Mathematical Statistics course would count towards the total number of statistics courses.  

Graduate students shall:
  1. have completed 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of graduate level courses in statistics;
  2. have at least a 3.50 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate level statistics courses; and 
  3. be a graduate student in good standing.
Once nominations are received, all information is verified, and the student is deemed eligible, the respective local Committee member will approve nominations and inform the Chair of the Committee before March 20th.  Chair will collect all the nominations and forward to the Committee for an electronic approval.  Once the Committee has approved these names, emails will be sent to the students inviting them to join Mu Sigma Rho.  The nominator will also be sent a copy of the email.  All students who accept this nomination will be invited to an induction at the spring chapter meeting.  Students who are unable to attend the spring chapter meeting will be inducted by the local Committee member.  

Nominators are asked to pay the $5/student nomination fee (please enclose a check payable to “Mu Sigma Rho”).

Local Committee member will send the induction fees to the national treasurer of the Mu Sigma Rho directly with a list of names.  Chair of the Committee will send the complete list of approvals to the national treasurer.  Arrangements will be made to mail a membership certificate (or template) to the local Committee members electronically.  


February 1st: Outreach to colleges and universities to solicit nominations 
March 1st: Deadline for nominations (including academic transcript, contact information, and verification of membership requirements) to the local Committee member 
March 20th: Local Committee member reviews the nominations and informs the Chair 
March 30th: Committee approves the nominations electronically 
April 10th: Committee acts on nominations, email letters sent to nominees and nominators 
Spring Chapter Meeting: Induction ceremony

In cases of questions regarding Mu Sigma Rho or the nominations process, please contact the current Chair of the Committee, Paul Plummer (

Current KWMCH Mu Sigma Rho Committee:

1.    Dr. Larry Scott, Emporia State University
2.    Dr. Abby Jager, Kansas State University
3.    Dr. Ananda Jayawardhana, Pittsburg State University 
4.    Dr. Jo Wick, University of Kansas Medical Center
5.    Dr. Yong Zeng, University of Missouri Kansas City
6.    Dr. Mike Mosier, Washburn University
7.    Dr. Paul Plummer, Central Missouri University
8.    Dr. Zsolt Talata, University of Kansas

Mu Sigma Rho National Secretary (acting):  Ananda Jayawardhana
Mu Sigma Rho National  Treasurer (acting):  Lynne Seymour, Dept. of Statistics 204 Statistics Building University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 30602  ( 

KWMCH Application and Information