The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 67th Cartoon Caption Contest! 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 December 31 are at:
The best submission will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice
of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the final cartoon.
November Results: The November caption contest featured two robots (like mars rovers)
working together on an unknown planet. One of the robots is gathering small rock
specimens and processing them while the second robot is recording and analyzing data from
the operation – a three-dimensional hologram shows the results. The winning caption for
the November contest was “Statistics is a team sport involving sampling, measurement,
analysis, and presentation, which can become rocket science.” written by Jim Alloway of
EMSQ Associates. Jim’s caption can be used to help start a class conversation both about
the statistical paradigm as well as about the importance of collaborative efforts in
carrying out a study. An honorable mention this month goes to Ryan Card from University
of Washington at Tacoma for the caption: “100% of Mars rocks analyzed so far has been
small enough to be analyzed by rovers,” that might be used in teaching about sampling
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!