2016 Poster and Project Competition Winners
The American Statistical Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Poster Competition and Project Competition. First-place winners received $300, a plaque, a plaque for their school, and grade-appropriate graphing calculators for the students and advisers provided by Texas Instruments. Second-place winners received $200 and a plaque; third-place winners received $100 and a plaque; and honorable mentions received plaques.
The poster and project competitions are directed by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. The 2016 poster competition leader was Rodney Jee of Discover Financial Services. Daren Starnes of The Lawrenceville School served as the head project competition leader, with Nathan Kidwell of Dubuque Senior High School as associate project competition leader.
K–12 posters are due every year on April 1. Projects (written reports) for grades 7–12 are due every year on June 1. Visit the Poster Competition and Project Competition web page for details about the competitions—including previous winners, entry forms, instructional webinars, and the rubrics used for judging the posters and projects.
2016 Project Competition Winners
Each year, the statistical project competition attracts a wide variety of submissions in which students from different grades, 7-12, conduct creative studies. The submission deadline for the project competition is June 1 to enable participation from high-school students who may have been preparing for the AP Statistics exam administered in mid-May. This deadline also makes it possible for teachers who might otherwise be busy at the AP Reading to assist with the competition judging. The statistical project competition is especially useful for these students because it provides them with opportunities to apply all the statistical skills they acquire throughout the school year to solve real-world problems of interest to them.
Emma Kyle and Emily Molins
It’s Their Fault
Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Illinois
Michael Shen, Watchara Sornwanee, Jack Belluche and Carra Wu
Under Pressure: Are Your Peers Impacting Your Grade?
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
Delaney Bryant and Parker LaCourse
Social Media Preference by Gender
North Country Union High School, Newport, Vermont
Andy Jin, Dagnall Forsberg, and Tim McGinley
Westlake High School, Westlake Village, California
Water and Chocolate Milk: Which Forms a Greater Diameter When Splashed Onto the Floor?
Hopkins Junior High School, Fremont, California
Math Class and Self-Esteem Levels
Beachwood Middle School, Sugar Land, Texas
Sanjana Murthy and Shubhada Rao
How Does the Amount of Sleep You Get Affect Your Mood?
Beachwood Middle School, Beachwood, Ohio
Arts and Gym Classes vs. Academic Classes
The Blake Middle School, Hopkins, Minnesota
2016 Project Competition Judges
Daren Starnes (The Lawrenceville School) and Nathan Kidwell (Dubuque Senior High School) directed the project competition. The following served as project competition judges:
2016 Poster Competition Winners
For information about how you can start a regional poster competition or mentor students in your area, see the article appearing in the July 2011 issue of Amstat News. You can download a flyer about the ASA poster and project competitions and other K–12 statistics education programs and resources to share with your local schools. For additional information or questions regarding how to get involved in the poster or project competitions, please contact Rebecca Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Regional Poster Competition Leaders
Connecticut Chapter Statistical Poster Competition
Valerie Nazzaro, Wesleyan University
Jennifer McGinniss, Boehringer-Ingelheim
Kansas/Missouri Statistics Poster Contest
Ananda Jayawardhana, Pittsburg State University
Michigan Statistics Poster Competition
Dan Frobish, Grand Valley State University
Nevada K–12 Statistics Poster Competition
David Thiel, Thrivent Financial
Ohio Statistics Poster Competition
Linda Quinn, Cleveland State University
Jerry Moreno, John Carroll University
Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition
Pete Skoner, Saint Francis University Science Outreach Center
Pullman, Washington Statistics Poster Competition
Dean Johnson, Washington State University
Washington Statistical Society Poster Competition (DC Metro Area)
Barnali Das, Lewin Group
Students outside the regional competition areas submit their posters directly to the ASA office. The posters are then separately judged by the Washington Statistical Society as part of the Other Region. The best posters from each region are sent to the national judging. Information about regional poster competitions and winners is available on the individual regional poster competition websites.