Student Contest: Announcing the Public Health Data Challenge

American Statistical Association’s (ASA) annual fall data challenge for students is back!   

This year’s Public Health Data Challenge will turn the spotlight on the impact statistics has to improve public health with a focus on the opioid addiction crisis.  

If you want to learn first-hand how statistics can make a difference in the world, this is the contest for you! 

Here’s how it works: 

Groups of two to five students will dive into the CDC dataset available via the Center for Disease Control and Prevention webpage, teams may identify and utilize external datasets, along with any other external resources that provide helpful statistics. Using that information and your best statistical thinking, make recommendations for innovative solutions to enhance public health (some additional datasets can be found on the Public Health Data Challenge webpage). 

The rules for this contest are fairly minimal, but there are a few things you need to know: 

  • Teams must comprise 2-5 students currently enrolled in high school or college (undergrad) in the United States or Canada 
  • Each team must have a sponsor such as a teacher, professor or parent 
  • Final essays explaining the analysis process and PowerPoint presentations (up to 10 slides) must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time via the submission guide on the website 
  • Awards will be given in the categories of Best Overall Analysis, Best Visualization, and Best Use of External Data 
  • Team prizes include a $50 Amazon gift card, ASA student memberships, and Public Health Data Challenge 2018 t-shirts 

The complete contest rules and requirements are available for download here. 

Stay tuned to and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for more information, including a post with additional resources for contest participants, and more about the amazing judges who will be reviewing your work. 

Learn more about the contest here. 

Teachers, learn how you can get your classroom involved here. 

Submit your presentation here. 

If you have any questions, please email us at We’re here to help! 


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