USCOTS 2017 - Call for Proposals


May 18th – 20th, 2017

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pennsylvania

The next United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel May 18–20, 2017, and hosted by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE). The USCOTS’17 Program Committee is seeking ideas for active, participant-focused breakout sessions addressing the conference theme, “SHOW ME THE DATA.” This conference is designed to model good teaching in its sessions, social activities, and hallways. As with previous USCOTS, this conference will consist of plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and “poster and beyond” sessions. These sessions will address how to make connections in four main areas: curriculum, pedagogy, resources, and educational research. 

Birds-of-a-feather Lunch Discussions

The highlights of the U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics include interaction and discussion among statistics educators with similar interests. One mechanism for facilitating such conversations is a birds-of-a-feather lunch discussion, in which people with similar interests gather over lunch to discuss a particular topic. Deadline: April 24, 2017

To propose a Birds-of-a-Feather discussion please visit:

Breakout Sessions

We are now requesting proposals for 80-minute breakout sessions that relate directly to the conference theme and focus on actively engaging participants. It is not appropriate for a breakout session to consist primarily of a presentation. Due by: November 27, 2016.

Pre-conference Workshops

We are also requesting proposals for pre-conference workshops, which can last for as little as half a day to as long as two days. Due by: November 27, 2016.

Posters & Beyond Sessions

The P&B session provides an opportunity for conference participants to display a poster of their ideas or provide a small demonstration of their favorite examples, activities, and teaching methods. Abstracts for posters or demonstrations in the USCOTS Posters and Beyond session submitted before Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:59pm will receive feedback from the session organizers by Saturday, February 25, 2017. Final abstracts should be submitted by Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Abstracts submitted between February 1 and March 15 will be considered for selection, but will not receive feedback from the session organizers. Please note that the committee will be looking for proof or potential for efficacy in the classroom. Those submitting posters should consider having some citations to support their work.

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