Dr. Virginia Lesser

Professor of Statistics and Director of the SRC


Ginny received her doctorate in Biostatistics in 1992 and became the Director of the Survey Research Center in 1993. She is also Professor in the Department of Statistics.  She is responsible for contract preparation and determination of sample size to meet the precision desired in the study objectives.  She also recommends the statistical analyses to meet the survey objectives. She supervises all funded projects and is responsible for the preparation of the final study report. Her current research interests are in nonsampling errors, primarily in researching methods to reduce and adjust for nonresponse errors.

Lydia Newton

Senior Faculty Research Assistant II
Questionnaire Design and Data Management


Lydia has been working for the Survey Research Center since April of 1999 after completing a Master's degree from OSU. Lydia is project manager for SRC funded projects, which includes survey design, implementation, and data collection. She will be happy to meet with faculty, staff or students and give advice on questionnaire construction, survey implementation and data input. Lydia also teaches ST 439/539 (Survey Methods) online.

Laura Gambel Laura Gamble

Graduate Research Assistant

Laura does data analysis for the survey research center. She has a Master's degree in statistics from Oregon State University and is currently working on her Ph.D in statistics. Her research interests are in respondent driven sampling and non-response adjustment methods for social science and public health applications.