The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for June is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 25th Cartoon Caption Contest (that’s right – more than two years now). Each
month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, will be posted for you and your
students to suggest statistical captions. Note that the cartoons are posted at the
beginning of the month month and submissions are due at the end of the month regardless of
when the winners are announced. Student entries are always welcome and this can be a fun
exercise to assign to your class.
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending June 30th 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.
May Results: The April caption contest had 25 entries and featured a cartoon a group of
people at a burial site. The people seem disinterested in the burial and are instead
looking at their laptop and tablet screens. Sticking out of the coffin are equations for
calculating the variance, the sample correlation, and Binomial probabilities. The winning
caption for the May contest was “In the age of Information Technology, paper-and-pencil
statistics are finally laid to rest,” written by Justine Leon Uro. Justine is a student at
the University of the Philippines Open University – our first international winner! The
caption should prove helpful in discussing how technology should be used to stress the
importance of conceptual understanding over procedures and formulas.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and remember to let your students know about
the CAUSE caption contest!