Our Mission

The Burkardt Consulting Center (BCC) offers necessary statistical support for research and publication to faculty and students at Northern Kentucky University, as well as members of the surrounding community.  Our faculty and students work directly with those in other disciplines to aid them in producing quality scholarly work for publication.  We provide assistance with a wide variety of projects, studies (including clinical trials), and experiments that involve elements of statistics and/or mathematical modeling. The BCC also provides a venue for undergraduate math/stat majors at NKU to gain a valuable internship experience in which they (under the direction of our faculty) consult with clients on real-world problems.

 

Who We Serve

 

Our recent clients have included faculty and students from Biology, Business, Chase College of Law, CINSAM, Informatics, Kentucky Center for Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, and Steely Library, among others.  We have also prepared statistical reports for members of regional entities such as Great Parks of Hamilton County, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Mercy Health, Boone County Schools, and Gateway Community College.

 

What We Do

We can help you with almost any aspect of a research study that will involve statistics.  This includes:

    • Assistance in formulating research questions
    • Planning of sampling frame and data collection
    • Basic data management using SAS, EXCEL, or other software
    • Advice on statistical methods and software
    • Data analyses (and help understanding them)
    • Assistance in writing up results and/or prepping a presentation

We can best provide advice when we become involved in a project prior to the collection of data.  In the words of esteemed statistician Ronald Fisher, "To consult the statistician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to conduct a post mortem examination."

We are also available to present seminars to groups of NKU faculty/students on various statistical topics.  And if you have a project involving mathematical modeling, we can help connect you to faculty and/or students within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who might assist with that.

 

Our Fee Structure

An initial one-hour consultation to discuss your project is offered at no charge.  If your project is found to be within the scope of BCC services, we are then able to provide service according to the fee schedule below.

    • NKU Students:  $20 per hour
    • NKU Faculty/Staff/Departments:  $35 per hour
    • All others:  $50 per hour

Note that for external clients, particularly those who use us for multiple projects, we are often able to provide a negotiated rate at a lower cost.  This can be discussed during the initial meeting or by contacting the center director.  

 

Request An Initial Consultation

To request an initial consultation, please fill out our project request form found here:

In order to help us best serve you, please include as much information as you can when completing the form.  Once we receive your completed form and determine that the project is within the scope of the center, we will contact you by email to arrange an initial meeting.  If you have any problems or questions please also feel free to call us at (859) 572-1325 or send us an email at bcc@nku.edu.