UNDERGRADUATE DATA ANALYSIS CONTEST

David Robinson
St. Cloud State University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 1, Number 2 (Summer 1995)


In the spring of 1996, the second Data Analysis Contest for undergraduate students will be held. The purpose of the contest is to bring together groups of people with a common interest, the statistical analysis of data. Undergraduate students may participate by submitting a written summary of a data analysis project, and by making a 15 minute presentation before a group of statistics professionals.

For this contest, three regional competitions are being planned. The sites have now been determined:

East: University of Tennessee (Knoxville)

Midwest: Winona State University (Minnesota)

West: Brigham Young University (Utah).

At each regional competition, the presentations and written papers will be judged by a panel of statisticians from industry and academia, chosen to represent a broad spectrum of statistical expertise. The student entries may be individual or team entries. Prizes will be awarded to the top participants in each region, with the winners being given travel awards to the 1996 Joint Statistical Meetings for a national competition.

The data for the contest will be the same across all regions. Advanced levels of statistical expertise are not required, but creativity is expected in the exploration or analysis of the data. Further information may be obtained by contacting:

Howard Christensen
Brigham Young University
230 D TMCB
Provo, UT 84602-1044
Phone: (801) 378-7050
howardc@byu.edu

Kenneth Suman
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
Winona State University
Winona, MN 55987-5838>BR> Phone: (507) 457-5371
wnsuman@vax2.winona.msus.edu

Esteban Walker and Mary Sue Younger
Dept. of Statistics
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0532
Phone: (615) 974-1655 or (615) 974-1638
pa103418@utkvm1.utk.edu or younger@utkvx.utk.edu

David Robinson
St. Cloud State University
Dept. of Statistics
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Phone: (612) 255-2149
FAX: 612-255-4262
rob@tigger.stcloud.msus.edu

Editors' Note: The first Data Analysis Contest was held in October, 1994. The winners of that contest will be giving their presentations at the Joint Statistical Meetings on Tuesday, August 15 from 4:00-5:50 p.m.


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