USRESP Competition

The Undergraduate Research Project Competition (USRESP) is a competition for research projects conducted by undergraduate students.

Next submission deadline: Friday, December 22, 2017.  The USRESP Submission Form can be found HERE.

Project Scope for USRESP Competition:

The research project competition is for undergraduate students who conduct research projects coming from activities like summer research projects, senior capstone course research projects, independent research projects (e.g., independent studies), Honor's college research projects, or extensions of class research projects. Some submissions to USRESP are applied research projects using existing statistical/analytical techniques to solve real world problems, while others are methodological research involving statistical applications or simulation studies evaluating different techniques.

Note: Datafest projects should be submitted to the USCLAP competition (choose "Datafest" as the course).  If your project is a class project that is required or optional for statistics course(s) that you are taking, and your project involves analyzing real data using the techniques learned from the current or earlier courses, you may also want to consider submitting your project to the USCLAP competition.

Who may participate?

  1. The competition is open to any undergraduate student globally.
  2. Students may work individually or in groups (max. 4). All participants must be undergraduate students at the time they conducted the research, but may have recently graduated.
  3. Research must have been completed between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
  4. Each student can be the author or a co-author of only one USRESP project submitted, and also may not be an author or co-author of a project submitted to USCLAP.

The winning projects will be featured on the CAUSE web site and announced in the Amstat News journal published by the American Statistical Association. The authors of the winning projects may also be invited to present their work at the electronic undergraduate statistics conference. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

Guidelines for submission:

On the submission page you will be asked to provide:

  1. Basic information about your project including contact information and project co-authors. Note: On this form you will also be asked for the name and email address of the instructor who sponsored your project. This individual will be contacted by us for additional details about your project.  Important: Submissions will be blind-reviewed. Names of authors, university information, or any information linked to authors should NOT be placed in the report - author information belongs on the submission form and title page only.
  2. A paper of no more than 20 pages reporting the results of your project that includes the following:
  • The research question(s)
  • Background/significance of the research
  • The methods used to obtain and analyze the data
  • The results of the analysis (tables, charts, graphs, significance, confidence intervals, descriptive text)
  • A discussion of the research, the limitations of the current research, reasonableness of any assumptions made, possibilities of future work/studies that should be conducted, etc.

The entire written summary must be no more than 20 pages (single spaced, Arial 11pt font with standard 1 inch margins).  References should be listed at the end of the report and do not count against the 20 page limit.

  • In addition to the 20 pages with the main content you should have (a) a separate title page which includes: The title of the project and a one-paragraph abstract (summary) of the entire project with recommended length of no more than 150 words. Note: Nothing else should be on the title page! 

Important notes:

  • Submissions that fail to adhere to the guidelines described above may be returned without review and consideration for awards.
  • The judges may wish to verify the results of a project. The Organizing Committee may request the data set(s) used in the project if requested by the judges. CAUSE reserves the right to use the projects and abstracts for promoting undergraduate statistics education. No material will be used for commercial purposes.
  • If data are collected on human subjects, it is the responsibility of author(s) or their sponsor instructor(s) to ensure that IRB approval was secured from their institution.

Some General Criteria for judging USRESP projects:

Each project will be judged by multiple judges. Some general criteria that the judges may use include:

  1. Overall clarity and presentation
  2. Originality, creativity and significance of the study
  3. Accuracy of data analysis, conclusions and discussion