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The American Statistical Association Project Competition Rules


Entry Rules and Evaluation Methods


  • Projects must be the original design and creation of the entrant(s).
  • Subject matter is the choice of the participant(s) or their classmates.
  • In submitting a project, students agree that the project may be displayed at the ASA's Joint Statistical Meetings, featured in its publications, and included on its web site.
  • All entries become the property of the ASA.
  • Only first-, second-, third-place, and honorable mention winners will be notified personally. The ASA web site will announce winners in August.
  • Students may work individually or in teams. The maximum number of students per team is four. For teams with members from different grade levels, the highest grade determines the entry category.
  • The online entry form must be submitted with the project or the project will be disqualified.
  • For grades 10 - 12, the student does not have to be currently enrolled in a statistics class. However, the methods used in the project must be able to be connected to a curriculum of a non-AP high school statistics course or to the AP Statistics curriculum as defined by the College Board. The student may combine multiple techniques learned in AP Statistics in a non standard way.
  • Students may receive adult guidance with their project. This extent of the guidance needs to be acknowledged in the paper. Papers will not be penalized for acknowledging that they asked for guidance.
  • Students are also expected to be scientific professionals. Confidentiality and anonymity of participants should be considered. Risks to participants (animals or humans) should be minimized. Unethical conduct may result in disqualification.

Evaluation


Teachers and statisticians, whose decisions are final, will judge the posters on the following:

Question: Is the question clearly stated, focused and interesting?

Research design and data collection: Were the data collected in an appropriate manner and directly by the students?

Analysis of data: Is the analysis appropriate for the design? For 10th through 12th grade students, is the analysis within the scope of the AP Statistics curriculum or non-AP statistics high school course?

Conclusions: Are conclusions consistent with the analysis, and has the question been answered?

Reflection on process: What should have been done differently? What are the suggestions for further study?

Final presentation: Is the written report well organized and presented? Does the project display creativity and/or originality? Are supporting graphs and charts carefully prepared?