Virginia Lesser

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Virginia Marie Lesser is an American biostatistician and environmental statistician known for her research on non-sampling error, survey methodology, and agricultural applications of statistics. She is a professor of statistics and chair of the statistics department at Oregon State University.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Lesser completed her Ph.D. in biostatistics in 1992 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, A Comparison of Periodic Survey Designs Employing Multi-Stage Sampling, was supervised by William D. Kalsbeek.[2]

At Oregon State, she has been Director of the Survey Research Center since 1993.[3] She became the first woman promoted to full professor in statistics at Oregon State, in 2009.[4]


Lesser became a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2010.[5] She is also an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.[6]


  1. ^ Lesser, Virginia (Ginny), Oregon State University, retrieved 2018-10-28
  2. ^ Virginia Lesser at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Survey Research Center Staff, Oregon State University, retrieved 2018-10-28
  4. ^ History of Department of Statistics, Oregon State University, retrieved 2018-10-28
  5. ^ "Many Honored at Presidential Address, Awards Ceremony", AMSTATNews, October 1, 2010
  6. ^ Individual members, International Statistical Institute, retrieved 2018-10-28