Honors Convocation Speaker

Lynne Stokes, Professor of Statistical Science

Lynne Stokes

Lynne Stokes is a professor in the Department of Statistical Science at SMU. She is the former chair of the department and was the inaugural director of the SMU Data Science Institute.


Stokes’ research is focused in the areas of sampling and non-sampling errors in surveys. She is a senior fellow of the National Institute of Statistical Science and has served on six panels of the National Academy of Sciences focused on the improvement of data collection for federal agencies.


Previously, Stokes was a mathematical statistician for the U.S. Bureau of the Census and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has served as editor and associate editor of seven publications and has co-authored more than 60 journal articles and book chapters, in addition to contributing to 65 publications, papers and news articles.


In her service to SMU, Stokes has served on numerous committees, including the Faculty Ethics and Tenure Committee. She is the recipient of the Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award, the Dedman Family Distinguished Professor Award, and the United Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year. Additionally, she has received the Founder’s Award and the Don Owen Award from the American Statistical Association, where she is a Fellow. She is a Phi Beta Kappa and a Sigma Pi Sigma.


Stokes holds a doctorate and Master of Science in mathematical statistics from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) in mathematics from the University of the South.