Elizabeth McGuffey joined the Statistics Department in July 2020.  Prior to Rice, she was an Assistant Professor in the United States Naval Academy where she taught a variety of undergraduate statistics courses of which two of them -  biostatistics and a project-based capstone course - she developed at USNA.  She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Statistics and B.S. in Applied Mathematical Sciences from Texas A&M University.

Research Areas

Applications in sleep medicine; genomics; Bayesian statistics.


Ph.D. Statistics, Texas A&M University

M.A. Statistics, Texas A&M University

B.S. Applied Mathematical Sciences, Texas A&M University

Advisory Role

2019-2020 Advised MIDN Ani Murali, USNA Bowman Scholar and Honors Applied Math Major: "Pathway-based Integrative Modeling of Genomics Data: Accommodating Genes with Multiple Pathway Memberships."

2017-2018 Advised MIDN Joe Brough, USNA Trident Scholar: "Assessment of Genetic Screening in Large, Asymptomatic Populations with Applications to Military Cohorts."

Teaching Areas


Probability and Statistics

Applied Statistics

Societies & Organizations

American Statistical Association (ASA)

Eastern North American Region International Biometric Society

Honors & Awards

2023 School of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rice University

2018 Apgar Award Nominee for Teaching Excellence, Unites States Naval Academy

2014-15 Philanthrophic Education Organization Scholar Award, Texas A&M University

2013 Margaret Sheather Memorial Award, Texas A&M University

2010-12 Graduate Merit Fellowship, Texas A&M University


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