USCOTS is now only a few weeks away with a terrific program built around the "Show Me the Data!" theme ( https://www.causeweb.org/cause/uscots/uscots17 ). If you haven't yet registered, now is the time to do that. If you've registered but haven't yet booked your hotel room or booked your flight, now is the time to do that. If you've registered and are all set with your travel arrangements but haven't yet signed up for one or two of our fifteen pre-conference workshops, now is the time to do that.
If you haven't registered and figure you'll attend next year's conference, now is NOT the time for that. USCOTS only comes around every two years.
The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for May is now taking entries (with new deadline of May 10 )
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our twelfth Cartoon Caption Contest. Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, will be posted for you and your students to suggest statistical captions. (note the cartoons are posted early in the month with submissions due by the 10th of the following month)
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending May 10th are at
The best captions will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the cartoon or free registration to eCOTS 2018.
April Results: We had 22 submissions for the April caption contest that featured a cartoon showing a large number of people being washed away on a rapid stream while helicopters worked to rescue some of them. The winning caption for the cartoon was
“With only a limited number of helicopters, search and rescue had to randomly sample from a ‘pool’ of subjects,” written by Mickey Dunlap from University of Georgia. The caption was chosen for it’s clever pun and ability to begin a discussion on the importance of efficiency in sampling. A number of honorable mentions were also well received by the judges including:
“Better to ask for help BEFORE you're drowning in data!,” written by Larry Lesser from University of Texas at El Paso;
“I guess I should have asked for more details before signing up for this "Streaming Data" workshop,” written by Chris Lacke from Rowan University; “and
“On reflection, random sampling WITH replacement might not have been appropriate in this scenario,” written by Aaron Profitt from God’s Bible School and College.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our Winners!
Next USPROC deadline for undergraduate research: June 30 , 2017
CAUSE and the American Statistical Association are happy to announce the eighth annual undergraduate statistics project competition (USPROC). The next project submission deadline is: June 30 , 2017 for year long, and spring 2017, projects.
Project submission is now open! As the academic year draws to a close, please keep USPROC in mind. All winners receive cash prizes and an invitation to give a plenary talk at the annual electronic undergraduate statistics conference. Learn more here: www.causeweb.org/usproc
Competition tracks are available for all student levels. The purpose of USPROC is to encourage the development of data analysis skills, to enhance presentation skills, and to recognize outstanding work by undergraduate statistics students. There are two main categories for submissions to the competition:
* Undergraduate Statistics Class Project Competition (USCLAP): This competition is for undergraduate students who are taking an applied statistics course(s) at introductory, or intermediate levels, in which a class project is part of the course work (either required or optional).
* Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition (USRESP): This competition is for undergraduate students who conduct research projects that are statistically related, either methodological or applied. The types of projects may include research work from REUs, senior capstone projects, or independent projects.
Best regards, Vittorio Addona.
CAUSE Announces new Games Section to the CAUSEweb Fun Collection
CAUSE is happy to announce the addition of statistical games as a new section of our fun collection at https://www.causeweb.org/cause/resources/fun . Statistical games are a great way to let students explore statistical topics. Thanks to Shonda Kuiper for help in pulling this together.
Dear Statistics Educators,
In preparation for a breakout session at the 2017 US Conference on Teaching Statistics, we are conducting a brief anonymous survey regarding Undergraduate Research in Statistics.
We invite and encourage you to participate in this survey, which should take only about 5-10 minutes for you to complete. If you are willing to participate, please do so within the next 5-7 days by navigating to the following link using your computer, tablet, or mobile device:
Thank you so much for your consideration.
Vittorio Addona, Kelly McConville, Joe Nolan, Dennis Pearl, Nathan Tintle