Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 3, Number 1 (Winter 1997)

The Department of Statistics at the University of South Carolina will host an NSF sponsored workshop to train college faculty on the use of "hands-on" laboratory exercises in elementary statistics courses. The workshop will be held on June 24-28, 1997 in Columbia, South Carolina, and is limited to 24 participants. John Spurrier and Lori Thombs will lead the workshop.

Funding is available to support all local expenses of the participants. In addition, five stipends of up to $250 are available to help defray the cost of travel for persons who are from resource poor colleges.

Participants will take part in several laboratory experiences which illustrate important concepts of applied statistics. Strategies for successful supervision of laboratory experiments, leading student teams, having students prepare written reports, obtaining equipment, generating enrollments and training lab assistants will also be addressed. Participants will be asked to use at least two of the ten experiment-based exercises in their own courses during the 1997-1998 academic year.

Prospective participants are encouraged to complete an application form as soon as possible. A rolling selection process will begin February 1, 1997 with an application deadline of April 1, 1997. April 15, 1997 is the target date for the selection of all participants. To obtain an application form or more information about the workshop contact:
John Spurrier
Department of Statistics
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208
(803) 777-5072
Fax: (803) 777-4048

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