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Similar to the ASA, itself, the broad objective of a chapter is to promote statistics and its applications. ASA chapters are designed to increase the unity and effectiveness of all those individuals within a geographical radius. ASA chapters engage in many activities that the ASA engages in worldwide. These include holding meetings, producing publications, participating in educational efforts, providing information about the application of statistics, and making statistics of service to society while making society aware of statistics as a science. Chapters exist throughout the United States and Canada, grouped by region and district to allow the ASA to effectively communicate with each on a more local level.

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Region 1


District 1

Albany, Boston (also serves Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Western Massachusetts), Buffalo-Niagara, Connecticut, Montréal, New York Metro, Ottawa, Rochester, Southern Ontario-Toronto, Syracuse

Albany Chapter - Established in 1932, the Albany Chapter represents statisticians in northern New York who aim to maintain high standards in statistical work and increase the usefulness of statistical information. The chapter, with just fewer than 100 members, strives to foster fellowship among its members and the general population. The Albany Chapter periodically holds regional seminars with neighboring facilities, such as the School of Public Health at the University of Albany.

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Boston Chapter - Appointed as a duly constituted branch of the American Statistical Association on November 2, 1929, the Boston Chapter membership serves more than 480 members in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island). Their most visible activities are a newsletter, distributed electronically about four times each year, and a schedule of events.

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Buffalo-Niagara - Established in 1954, the chapter serves a vibrant statistical community. Its members include students, faculty, and other professionals from universities, industry, hospitals, cancer centers, and national statistical organizations. It strives to provide educational and networking opportunities for its members.

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Connecticut Chapter - Established in 1933, the Connecticut Chapter of the ASA has sought opportunities for chapter members to increase their involvement in professional activities at the local level.

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Montréal Chapter - Established as a chapter in 1969, the Montréal Chapter is located in the largest city in Quebec and the second-largest city in Canada. While French is the official language of Montréal, English is spoken by many.

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New York City Metropolitan Area Chapter - Established in the 1940s, the New York City Metropolitan Area Chapter serves a region that is highly populated and statistically active. This is reflected in its membership: a diverse group of statisticians from academia, industry, nonprofit organizations, and government. Chapter newsletters and announcements reach more than 400 recipients; approximately 300 of these are current members.

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Ottawa - The Ottawa Chapter was established in October 1968 and is made up of just fewer than 100 members who mainly come from the public sector. Each year, the chapter holds a general meeting with a keynote speaker. It also holds one or more conferences during the year and functions within the Statistical Society of Ottawa, a bilingual organization.

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Rochester - The Rochester Chapter attracts a diverse population of members, including professionals from the academic, public, and private industrial sectors. Chapter meetings, which include guest speakers, are open to both members and nonmembers. Statistical education is an important part of the chapter's activities, and many speakers have given presentations on effective approaches to teaching statistics.

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Southern Ontario - SORA is the Southern Ontario Regional Association of the Statistical Society of Canada and the Southern Ontario Chapter of the ASA. The membership of this organization consists of full and associate members. Full members hold membership in the ASA or Statistical Society of Canada and pay dues to the chapter. Associate members are those interested in statistics, but who are not members of either the ASA or Statistical Society of Canada. Persons wishing to become associate members shall make application to either the executive committee of the ASA or Statistical Society of Canada and pay their annual dues directly to the secretary/treasurer of SORA.

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Syracuse - In early 1970, a group of about 21 ASA members began meeting on an ad hoc basis in the Syracuse area. After several months of increased activity, they determined it was time to submit a petition to the ASA Board of Directors to establish an official chapter. Established to serve the needs of statisticians in the Syracuse, Utica, Rome, Oswego, Binghamton, and Harpur area, the Syracuse Chapter received its charter in December 1970.

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District 2

Central Indiana, Chesapeake, Delaware, Eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Mid-Tennessee, VA Academy, Washington Statistical Society, Western Tennessee

Central Indiana - Chartered in April of 1992, the Central Indiana Chapter provides its members (more than 125) with annual opportunities to increase their knowledge of statistics from Bayesian analysis to analysis of clinical trials. The chapter's objectives are to encourage young people to enter statistics as a profession; illustrate how "statistical thinking" enhances quality, speed, and value; support government/industry interactions in Indiana; and sponsor "quantitative literacy" workshops for Hoosier educators.

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Chesapeake - A small but active chapter, Chesapeake was given its charter in August 1984. The Chesapeake Chapter's principal goal is to foster and promote unity and effectiveness of effort among all groups having an interest in statistics in the Harford County, Maryland, area.

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Delaware
- The Delaware Chapter serves the state of Delaware and adjacent areas. Members of the chapter come from diverse employment settings, including DuPont, Merck, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, Perry Point VA Center, WL Gore, Hercules, First USA Bank, Delaware State University, the University of Delaware, and independent statistical consultants. Major activities of the chapter include monthly dinner meetings with speakers and an annual day-long symposium.

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Eastern Tennessee - With just more than 35 members to its credit, 71% of the Eastern Tennessee Chapter is made up of academics. The majority of its members are from either East Tennessee University or the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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Kentucky - Originally part of the now disbanded Kentucky-Southern Indiana Chapter, the Kentucky Chapter received its charter in February of 1991. The chapter receives a majority of its membership from neighboring colleges and universities, such as the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Northern Kentucky University. Any Kentucky college or university offering a major or minor in statistics is invited to participate in the chapter's activities and become a member.

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Maryland - In existence since 1969, the Maryland Chapter's purpose is to provide up-to-date information about Maryland activities and serve as a clearinghouse of information to statisticians in the Maryland/DC metropolitan area.

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Mid-Tennessee - Centered in Nashville, the purpose of this chapter is to facilitate professional growth for its members through meetings, seminars, and other activities.

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VA Academy - An active chapter of 94 members, the Virginia Academy covers the statisticians in the area and strives to address each area of interest for its membership.

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Washington Statistical Society (WSS) - With more than 900 members, the Washington Statistical Society (WSS) is the largest chapter of the American Statistical Association. Founded in 1926, WSS is also the ASA's oldest chapter, having existed as an organization several years before applying for chapter status. The society's purpose, as expressed in its constitution, is to foster statistical science, statistical research, and the interests of the statistical profession and to promote unity and effectiveness of effort among all groups concerned with statistical matters.

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Western Tennessee - Active in their promotion of future statisticians, the Western Tennessee Chapter, along with the County of Shelby, sponsors an annual science fair where student winners receive prizes.

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Region 2


District 3

Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit, Harrisburg, NW Ohio, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Princeton/Trenton, Mid-Michigan, New Jersey, SW Michigan

Ann Arbor - As one of four Michigan-based chapters, Ann Arbor defines collaboration by working annually with its neighboring chapters. The Ann Arbor Chapter received its charter in August of 1976, signed by former ASA President Franklin A. Graybill.

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Cincinnati - The Cincinnati Chapter has about 127 members, with a 38% academic-57% business-5% government representation. The chapter holds three or four meetings per year, as well as biennial short courses. Other activities involve awarding the Comer-Reynolds (memorial) award to highly promising undergraduate and/or graduate students in statistics at each of the local universities and judging at local and state science fairs.

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Cleveland - The Cleveland Chapter was one of the ASA's first chapters, founded in 1928. As the focal point of statistical activity in northeast Ohio, the chapter provides an instrument through which members can grow professionally. The conferences, workshops, and monthly meetings provide members with opportunities to discuss statistical projects and problems with their peers and interact with experts on specific topics of interest. The chapter also can provide contacts for statistical expertise for business and industry in the area.

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Dayton - The Dayton Chapter is a small, but dedicated, group. Nestled among the other ASA chapters in Ohio and lacking a larger metropolitan population base in its own region, the chapter lists only 30 members. About a third of these members work at Wright State University, which features the largest group of statisticians in the immediate area. Another third is scattered among other colleges and universities nearby, and most of the remaining third works in private industry, health care, and consulting. A core subset of the members serves as officers and organizes the activities of the chapter.

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Detroit - The Detroit Chapter meets the needs of professional statisticians in the Detroit metropolitan area through a variety of events, including general meetings, seminars, and educational activities. Chapter membership consists of professional statisticians from academia, the business community, and government organizations. The Chapter also promotes the value of statistical education at the pre-college level through participation in science fairs and other programs aimed at middle- and high-school teachers and students.

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Harrisburg Chapter - The Harrisburg Chapter is a small, but active, chapter in District 3. It sponsors distinguished statistician lectures, short courses, an annual spring conference, and speakers on a variety of statistical topics. Chapter members also support statistical education through the Capital Area and York County Science Fairs, MathCounts, the Pennsylvania Statistical Poster competitions, and teacher training in quantitative literacy.

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Mid-Michigan - Established in August of 1985, the mid-Michigan Chapter fosters individuals who have an interest in statistics. With the help of a generous benefactor and chapter members, the mid-Michigan Chapter recently subsidized 25 new student memberships.

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New Jersey Chapter - Established in the 1970s, the purpose of the New Jersey Chapter is to foster statistics and its applications in the broadest manner and promote unity and effectiveness of effort among all individuals and groups in the northern New Jersey area having an interest in, or being concerned with, statistical problems. The activities of the chapter are directed toward contributing to the development of statistical and scientific knowledge and providing statistical support in public interest matters.

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Northwest Ohio - The smallest of four Ohio chapters, the Northwest Ohio Chapter's goals is to meet the needs of members who are located farther from the larger cities of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Dayton.

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Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Chapter consists of more than 300 statisticians who primarily work in the pharmaceutical industry and academia. Its fall and spring meetings feature three speakers, discussing a range of topics and drawing audiences of 30-40. The chapter's summer short course is an all-day educational session on a current topic of interest for approximately 60 statisticians. In recent years, the chapter has added a winter social gathering, drawing 60-70 participants, and participated in science fairs by judging projects and awarding cash and software prizes.

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Pittsburgh - Developed with the goal of fostering professional and social connection for statisticians in the Pittsburgh region, the Pittsburgh Chapter is a model of outreach. Sponsoring activities that include a spring banquet and chapter happy hours gets Pittsburgh's members involved.

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Princeton/Trenton Chapter - Due to the large number of members within the state of New Jersey and the geographical challenges that arose in trying to service them all, the Princeton/Trenton Chapter was formed in 1993. Since that time, the membership has grown and now sponsors activities ranging from seminars to mixers.

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Southwest Michigan - Receiving its charter in January of 1975, the Southwest Michigan Chapter is one of five established Michigan chapters. The chapter ensures statistics is promoted in the southern portion of the state, covering such areas as Kalamazoo, Allendale, and Portage. The Southwest Michigan Chapter consistently looks for methods to bolster the field of statistics.

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District 4

Central Arkansas, Central Illinois, Chicago, Colorado-Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas/Western Missouri, Mid-Missouri, Nebraska, NE Illinois, Oklahoma, Red River Valley, St. Louis, Twin Cities, Wisconsin

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Central Illinois - Established in May of 1978 and one of the smaller chapters, the Central Illinois Chapter works to increase the number of future statisticians. Chapter membership is made up of more than 50% academia from neighboring universities, such as Illinois State University, University of Illinois, Bradley University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Western Illinois University.

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Chicago - The Chicago Chapter implements programs to serve the field of statistics including all business fields, government, and academia. The chapter provides a strong schedule of luncheon seminars, a workshop, conference, and other events. Through its web site, it maintains information about news, events, statistical resources, and statistical employment.

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Colorado-Wyoming - The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter is as diverse in statistical interests as it geographically. The approximately 180 members live in areas from Laramie, Wyoming, in the north to Pueblo, Colorado, in the south, with clusters in Colorado around Boulder, Fort Collins, and Denver. The chapter contains a balance of academics, researchers, consultants, and statisticians working in industry. The highlight of the year is the spring meeting, held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Mesa Lab. Here, students are offered the opportunity to share their research and see presentations by established statisticians.

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Iowa - Domiciled in the Hawkeye state in January of 1963 and having more than doubled in size since it received its charter, the Iowa Chapter provides many opportunities for students from Cornell College, Grinnell, University of Iowa, and Iowa State University.

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Kansas/Western Missouri - As one of only two ASA chapters residing in two states, the Kansas/Western Missouri Chapter is centrally located to give members an opportunity to meet and network on a regular basis. Generally, the Kansas/Western Missouri Chapter holds an annual spring and fall short course. Speakers for these courses are known statisticians such as Alan Agresti and Charles Davis. The Kansas/Western Missouri Chapter was established in January of 1963.

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Nebraska - Interested in a degree in statistics? Well, the Nebraska Chapter is the place to look, with its home almost part of the University of Nebraska. This chapter unites students and professor in obtaining information about statistics and the statistics profession, and salary.

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Northeastern Illinois - The Northeastern Illinois Chapter was formed in 1984 to foster statistics and its applications and promote the interests of the statistical profession among all groups in northeastern Illinois having an interest in or being concerned with statistics. The chapter sponsors half-day meetings in the spring and fall and a one-day summer workshop on a relevant statistical topic. The chapter also publishes a newsletter, STATFAX, three times per year, which is free to its members.

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Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Chapter does it part to promote statistics within the K-12 grades. With 80% of its membership coming from academia, it's no wonder the Oklahoma Chapter is able to hold two science fairs each year.

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Red River Valley - Since August of 1980, Red River Valley has been the sole chapter in North Dakota. Although hampered geographically by serving such a large area, the chapter is making strides to continue serving the needs of statisticians.

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St. Louis - In the St. Louis Chapter, business is big. However, as with many of the district's chapters, there is a strong academic presence, as well. With more than 38% of the chapter membership hailing from industry and 31% from academia, the St. Louis Chapter has an average of eight speakers and at least one social event annually.

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Twin Cities - The Twin Cities Chapter has a history that goes back to 1957.

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Wisconsin - Serving the statisticians of Wisconsin since 1953, the Wisconsin Chapter shall foster the science of statistics and its applications in the entire state of Wisconsin.

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Region 3


District 5

Alabama, Austin, Florida, Georgia, Houston Area, Louisiana, North Carolina, North Texas, San Antonio, SE Texas, South Carolina, South Florida

Alabama - The Alabama Chapter of the ASA has a membership of 52, with 10 of those being students. Over the past few years, attempts have been made to revitalize the Alabama Chapter through means such as hosting the ASA traveling short course and collaborating with the Section on Statistical Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to present the Janet L. Norwood award for outstanding achievements by a woman in the statistical sciences.

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Austin - The Austin Chapter fosters statistics and statistical applications in the broadest manner and promotes unity and effectiveness of effort among statisticians in the Austin area through meetings, events, and a newsletter.

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Florida - Officially becoming a chapter in May of 1965, the Florida Chapter strives to be a world leader in promoting statistical practice, applications, and research; publishing statistical journals; improving statistical education; and advancing the statistics profession.

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Georgia - Chartered in 1960, this chapter includes other areas of Georgia as well, such as Macon, Savannah, Statesboro, and Athens.

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Houston Area - With 96% of its membership coming from the academic arena, the Houston Area Chapter was chartered in August of 1981. Located in close proximity to several local universities-Rice University, Lamar University, Baylor University, University of Houston, The University of Texas, and Texas A&M-the chapter is able to keep a strong membership of both student and regular members.

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Louisiana - The Louisiana Chapter consists of more than 62 members.

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North Carolina - This chapter sponsors at least one meeting/conference and at least one social gathering annually. Its membership is 70% academic, 20% business, and 10% government. This chapter has been with the ASA since 1942 and gives every indication that it will be around for many years to come.

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North Texas - This chapter is characterized by its level of activity, with an average of four invited speakers annually.

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San Antonio - The San Antonio Chapter of the ASA is serious about its role as a nonprofit organization. It is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. The chapter holds several events annually, in addition to its annual meeting that includes seminars and science fairs. Representatives from this chapter also represent COTS (Council of Texas Statisticians). The chapter is a sponsor of the Don Owen Award, presented to a statistician who embodies the three-fold accomplishments of Don Owen: excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community.

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Southeast Texas - The Southeast Texas Chapter is made up of mostly academics (90%), who are an active force in the area.

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South Carolina Chapter - The South Carolina Chapter fosters professional and social connection for its members. In addition to sponsoring at least one social event each year, the chapter holds an annual meeting in mid-April, usually on the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia. The meeting features two invited speakers and presentations from students, and members of the chapter and the speakers serve as judges of the best student presentations.

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South Florida - The South Florida Chapter strives to keep statisticians in the area linked to the statistical community. Receiving many of its members from neighboring schools, such as Smith, the University of South Florida, and Florida International University, this chapter works hard at grooming as many future statisticians as possible.

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District 6

Alaska, Albuquerque, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Orange County/Long Beach, Oregon, Puget Sound, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Snake River, Southern California, Utah

Alaska - The Alaska Chapter of the ASA provides a forum for interaction and communication among statistically inclined persons throughout the state. Given the size of Alaska, most activities center on the annual meeting and short course, though local gatherings occur throughout the year. The chapter also provides a gateway for the general public, politicians, managers, and researchers to professional expertise in a range of statistical specialties.

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Albuquerque - The Albuquerque Chapter serves northern New Mexico, meeting once each year to bring together those in the region who are interested in statistics.

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Arizona - Serving as host to science fairs and other projects, the Arizona Chapter is supportive of current and future statisticians. It is a leader when it comes to being organized and coordinating activities. The chapter holds regular meetings and participates in local and national events.

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Hawaii - To prove that even in paradise there are statisticians, the Hawaii Chapter provides an opportunity for local statisticians to come together.

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Montana - Currently, the 34 members of the Montana Chapter reside in the mountainous western half, primarily in the communities of Bozeman, Butte, Helena, and Missoula. Most (91%) are affiliated with universities. For the past 11 years, the Montana Chapter's annual meeting has been held in Butte, the most central location for communities separated by lengthy drives over impressive mountain passes.

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Nevada - The Nevada Chapter includes members from a large geographical area. Both the southern area (Las Vegas and environs) and the northern area (Reno and Carson City) have representatives on the chapter board. The distance between these areas is approximately 400 miles, which creates challenges, but provides interesting and fun opportunities for travel when both the north and south combine activities.

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Orange County/Long Beach - The primary purpose of the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter (OCLBASA) shall be to sponsor educational, professional and scientific activities that benefit professional statisticians and students of statistics in the Orange County/Long Beach area. In parallel, this Chapter will devote itself to fostering the growth and development of the area's statistical community and to developing collaborative relationships with other scientific and educational organizations in the area. Furthermore, this Chapter will work to develop a greater level of statistical awareness in the general public. Finally, as a chartered member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), this Chapter shall share the purposes of the ASA, as defined in the Association's Constitution.

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Oregon - The Oregon Chapter consists of approximately 45 active members who meet three times per year. The fall and winter dinner meetings include business items and a guest speaker, while the spring meeting is typically a field trip to a local business or other location hosted by local statisticians. Each year, a group of about 15 members attends the Northwest Science Expo (a multistate science fair) to judge middle- and high-school projects on the use of statistics. Cash awards are given to 4-6 winners whose projects demonstrate an excellent use of statistics.

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Puget Sound - The Puget Sound Chapter provides information about local and national statistical events. The chapter is also committed to involving more graduate students in the field of statistics.

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Sacramento - The mission of the Sacramento Chapter is to promote and encourage the use of statistics and research. Through their Annual Institute on Research & Statistics, statistical educational and training opportunities, graduate student fellowships, and newsletters, the chapter hopes to foster a sense of communication and community among those having some involvement with statistics and research.

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San Diego - The San Diego Chapter was founded in 1999, after years of unofficial local activities and ties with the Southern California Chapter. The chapter counts among its members more than 100 local statisticians and students of statistics who hold positions in academia, government, and industry. Annual activities include a statistical careers day with a student poster competition, a one-day short course or workshop, a summer picnic, and a business meeting.

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San Francisco Bay Area - The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter holds frequent meetings and acts as a statistics clearinghouse for statisticians in the area.

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Snake River - The Snake River Chapter strives to promote unity and effectiveness of effort among all groups in the Idaho and eastern Washington area having an interest in or being concerned with statistical problems.

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Southern California - The Southern California Chapter holds several events annually. Following an academic calendar, the year begins in October or November with the annual meetings, which typically includes a featured speaker, sessions, a business meeting, and a luncheon. Also occurring in the late fall or early winter is the statistical consulting workshop, which draws statistics professionals from throughout the region. In late February, the chapter holds its annual statistics careers day, which brings in students from San Diego to San Luis Obispo for a chance to meet professionals from a dozen or more companies. The chapter usually ends its year in April or May with an all-day workshop in applied statistics, which provides instruction on a requested topic by a well-known statistician at low cost. In addition to these regular events, the chapter may help sponsor or organize other meetings or workshops.

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Utah - As a small chapter in a big state, the Utah Chapter holds at least one regional meeting each year in Salt Lake City, at least one in Logan, and at least one in Provo. It also hosts a big fall meeting in Salt Lake City (often combined with a pizza party). Students are highly welcome to participate. The chapter membership mostly comes from academia, but some come from the business sector, as well.

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