Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 12, Number 1 (Spring 2007)

The first biennial Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC: http://www.causeweb.org/usproc.php) was a terrific success. Carl Lee (Central Michigan University) led a competition committee that included John Holcomb, Jeff Witmer, and Felix Famoye in organizing USPROC and setting up the rules for project evaluation. This group was joined by John Daniels, Soon Hong, Tisha Hooks, Jennifer Kaplan, Chris Malone, Jim Mentele, Ray Phillips, Tim Rey, Gerald Shoultz, and Nathan Tintle who spent a pleasant day in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, judging the 36 submissions. The top seven projects (alphabetical order by school) are listed in the table below. Kudos to these students for all of their terrific work and to the advisors who motivated them. First, second, and third prizes will be announced from amongst the finalists at the U.S. Conference On Teaching Statistics banquet on Friday, May 18, 2007.

School Award Advisor Students Project Title
Babson College Finalist Norean Sharpe Lucas Brown, Kristin Fry, and Prasanna Grandhi Forecasting Hotel Occupancy Rates for JHM Hotels, Inc.
Babson College Honorable Mention Norean Sharpe Brian Dixon and Daniel Ferson Forecasting Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice Futures Contract Prices
California Polytechnic State University Finalist Andrew Schaffner Matthew Bowyer Bayesian Applications for Obsidian Artifact Dating
Gustavus Adolphus College Finalist Carolyn Dobler Tyler Kramer and Dan Johnson Numbers Donít Lie
Gustavus Adolphus College Honorable Mention Carolyn Dobler Guy Davis Who is Baseballís Best Batter?
St. Olaf College Honorable Mention Julie Legler David Swanson and Nicole Novak Dental Health and Socioeconomic Status in Southern India
University of Georgia Honorable Mention Jaxk Reeves Brian Claggett Exploring College Football Outcomes

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