The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 76th 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 September 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 August caption contest cartoon is shown here. The judges found the winning caption to
be “Creating the best graphs to describe your data means many revisions get left
behind," written by Elise Lahiere, a student at Montclair State University. Elise’s
caption can be a vehicle to discuss how finding an appropriate data visualization may
require multiple revisions to ensure it is aligned with what is important in the data. An
honorable mention this month goes to Jim Alloway from EMSQ Associates for his caption,
“Reproducible research means never saying goodbye to your analyses.” Jim’s caption
aligns with introducing the idea of reproducible research in any investigating and
associated tools to do so. A second honorable mention goes to Toni Sorrell from Longwood
University for her caption “Reuse, Recycle, Re-analyze!” that opens the door to
conversations about repurposing tools and data for different analysis goals.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!
If you’d like to help us learn what the community feels makes a good cartoon caption,
please go to
answer the questions you are asked about the cartoons you see. Participation is
voluntary, confidential, and quick.
If you’d like to try your hand at creating your own statistics cartoon or song or video or
poem, or other fun item, you should enter CAUSE’s A-mu-sing contest (see