June 16-20, 1998
Columbia, SC

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 4, Number 1 (Winter 1998)

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. The workshop will be held on June 16-20, 1998 and is limited to 24 participants. John Spurrier and Lori Thombs will lead the workshop.

Funding is available to support local expenses of all selected participants. In addition, eight stipends of up to $250 are available to help defray travel expenses for participants from resource poor colleges.

Participants will take part in nine laboratory experiences which illustrate important concepts of applied statistics. In addition, participants will discuss strategies for leading a laboratory session, using student teams, having students produce written reports, obtaining equipment, scheduling, constructing new laboratory exercises, generating enrollments, and training lab assistants.

Participants are expected to use at least two experiment-based exercises in an elementary statistics class during the 1998-99 academic year.

To obtain an application form or more information about the workshop, contact John Spurrier by e-mail ( or by mail at Department of Statistics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.

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