The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 73rd Cartoon Caption Contest (yes – now into our seventh year)! 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 June 30 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.
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The May caption contest cartoon is shown here. Of the 42 entries in May, the judges found
the winning caption to be “The consequences of cutting corners in designing an experiment
don’t show up until the end," written by Jim Alloway from the EMSQ Associates. Jim’s
caption highlights the importance of details in designing an experiment that have
important repercussions for one’s ability to interpret the results. Honorable mentions
this month go to Elise Lahiere, a student at Montclair State University for her caption
“While he managed to limit his variance from the target, Bob realized his mistake upon
landing,” and to Paul Stephenson of Grand Valley State University for his caption “Good
estimation requires more than speed and confidence.” Both of these invite classroom
conversation about the contrast between aspects that affect the margin of error of an
estimate and other components of a research protocol such as the validity of measures and
ability to generalize to the population of interest.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!