The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) is proud to announce that our 2021 A-Mu-Sing contest is open to all! We are seeking jokes, cartoons, poetry, songs, and videos with fun content relevant to statistics or statistics education. Up to $1000 in prizes will be awarded and winners will have their work featured at USCOTS in 2021. For details see
The deadline for entries is April 1, 2021- but this might be a great time to get your fall semester students involved before they leave for winter break.
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 54th Cartoon Caption Contest – now ongoing every month for over four years! Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, is posted for you and your students to suggest statistical captions (cartoons are posted at the beginning of the month and submissions are due at the end of the month). The caption contest is offered as a fun way to get your students thinking independently about statistical concepts.
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending November 30 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 and their caption.
October Results: There were 38 entries for the October caption contest that featured a cartoon showing a fish tank with a group of fish gathered around a chart where another fish is showing them a time series plot that rises and then falls sharply – but the axes on the graph are unlabeled. The winning caption for the September contest was “While humans often misrepresent data on graphs, statisfishians are known for their proper scaling,”
written by Chris Lacke from Rowan University. Chris’ caption can be used to discuss the importance of proper scaling to give a fair picture in graphical displays. An honorable mention this month goes to Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates for his caption “And here’s where we discovered the relationship between aquarium volume and population growth,” that would aid in discussing the concept of carrying capacity in population growth models. A second honorable mention goes to Vimal Rao, a student at University of Minnesota, for his caption “The power of visualizations to sea data” providing a pun allowing the cartoon to be used in discussing the power of visualizations for presenting information.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!