The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for March is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 22nd 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 at the beginning of the previous month and
submissions are due at the end of the month)
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending March 31st 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.
February Results: The February caption contest featured a cartoon showing a lab shared by
two researchers. One side of the lab is in complete disarray with broken glassware, spills
of various unknown liquids, and broken equipment. The other side of the lab is highly
organized and in sparkling condition. The winning caption for the February contest was
“Don't Forget to Clean Your Dirty Data!,” written by Jennifer Ann Morrow from
University of Tennessee. Jennifer’s caption provides a nice avenue for facilitating
discussions of the importance of having a plan to clean dirty/messy data. Honorable
mentions this month go to Laila Poisson from the Ford Health System for her caption “As
goes the lab, so go the data,” for its emphasis on the importance of gathering data in a
way that avoids dirty/messy data; and to Chantal Larose from Eastern Connecticut State
University for her caption “Cleanliness is next to reproducibility!,” for making the link
from an organized workflow to the important topic of reproducibility of results.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and remember to let your students know about
the CAUSE caption contest!