STATCOM Network Engages Growing Number of Student Volunteers

Andrea Rau, STATCOM Network Outreach Coordinator, Purdue University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 13, Number 1 (Spring 2008)


STATCOM (Statistics in the Community) is a student-run organization that provides pro bono statistical consulting services to local government and nonprofit organizations. Originally established in 2001 by a statistics doctoral student at Purdue University, Nels Grevstad, STATCOM has continually grown each year to meet the demand for statistical consulting on a local level. Since 2005, STATCOM has expanded from a single organization at Purdue University to a network of eight individual STATCOMs at universities both in this country and abroad, and this number continues to grow each year. Today, the STATCOM Network is made up of the following programs:

In addition to the projects taken on by individual STATCOM organizations within the network, there have been several exciting network-wide developments in the past year. At the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in August of 2007, the STATCOM Network Business Meeting provided a forum for representatives from each STATCOM to meet one another and discuss voting points, including the STATCOM Network mission and vision statements as well as the continued development of the STATCOM Network framework.

In 2007, the continuing expansion of the STATCOM Network led to the creation of the position of STATCOM Network Outreach Coordinator. The responsibilities of this coordinator include maintaining communication among STATCOM Network members, generating interest in STATCOM at new universities, and writing the semi-annual STATCOM Network Newsletter. As new STATCOM members within the network become established, this position will rotate from one university to the next, allowing students throughout the network to benefit from taking on leadership roles.

Finally, the first STATCOM Network Newsletter recently became available in January 2008, and can be found at the STATCOM Network page of the American Statistical Association (ASA) webpage, found at http://www.amstat.org/education/statcom/Newsletters.htm. This newsletter is an excellent means of communication, not only for members within the STATCOM Network, but also for the general public interested in pro bono community work. It features information about the wide-ranging and exciting projects taken on over the past semester by members of the STATCOM Network, including work with a local cancer support group, the Volunteer Center of Story County (VCSC), the Illinois State Police, and a Chicago charter school. It also highlights the efforts of members of the Chicago chapter of the ASA to establish a multi-school city-wide STATCOM program.

For more information about the STATCOM Network, or to learn about joining the STATCOM Network, please see the STATCOM Network page on the American Statistical Association (ASA) website at http://www.amstat.org/education/statcom, or contact the current STATCOM Network Outreach Coordinator, Andrea Rau, at statcom-outreach@stat.purdue.edu.

The first STATCOM Network Newsletter:


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