Tag: Undergraduate

Congratulations, 2020 Stats Grads!

Congratulations to all the 2020 high school and college graduates!  Although you are most likely to celebrate this special moment virtually instead of in an auditorium with your classmates, family, and friends, don’t forget to take the time to acknowledge your hard work and celebrate this amazing milestone in your life. Despite the unusual circumstances you graduate in amid the pandemic, an...

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Chen Teel: Statistics for Personalized Gaming at Electronic Arts

Chen Teel: Statistics for Personalized Gaming at Electronic Arts When we say that statistics is used even in the most unlikely places and across every industry — we really mean everywhere. Chen Teel is senior manager of data science at Electronic Arts, the video game company that created “Battlefield,” “The Sims,” “Need for Speed,” and...

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Congratulations, 2019 Graduates!

Congratulations to all the 2019 high school and college graduates this season! The career opportunities for statisticians are steadily growing, projected to increase 34 percent over the next seven years. Even better, the field is frequently recognized as one othe very best careers for opportunity, salary and overall satisfaction. In 2019, those nods have included...

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Statsketball 2019: Congratulations to our Winners!

In the 2019 Statsketball contest, students competed to predict the outcomes of both the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments using the power of statistics – the science of learning from data. This is the first year Statsketball has expanded to the women’s tournament, and in total, 367 student teams entered—our largest Statsketball to...

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Public Health Data Challenge: Meet the Judges

ASA’s Public Health Data Challenge asks students to use their analytical and data visualization skills to create ideas that could help take steps toward resolving or reducing the national opioid crisis. As we inch closer to the November 12 submission deadline, we’d like to introduce the contest judges. Using the criteria described here, these public health...

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Statsketball 2018: Congratulations to our Winners!

Statsketball 2018 pitted 189 student teams against each other to predict the outcomes of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament using statistics. The two contests included the “Pick ‘Em”: Upset Challenge to predict the winners of the first-round games and the “Build Your Own Bracket”: Draft Challenge to select teams from 224 draft points, and...

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“I Wish I Had Taken a Class in Statistics,” Writes Journalist

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the value of a statistics education for career success, no matter the field. But we hear less about the advantage statistical literacy can give each of us in our personal and family lives through critical thinking. Slate columnist Laura Miller writes about her discovery that critical thinking isn’t...

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Undergraduate Data Science Programs Are on the Rise—But Is the Degree Right for You?

Data science has been a hot topic in recent years, so it’s no surprise that undergraduate programs in the field are popping up across the country. But for what kinds of jobs are these degrees designed to prepare students? And, how are they different from degrees in related disciplines, like computer science or statistics? The...

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Fortune Magazine: Bachelor’s Degrees in Statistics Soaring

More people are recognizing the growing interest in statistics education and careers, including Fortune magazine, which recently ran an article titled “Move over, computer science. Bachelor’s degrees in statistics have soared 95% since 2010.” The article cites data from the National Center for Education Statistics showing that the number of undergraduate students getting a degree in...

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Reports on Growth in Undergraduate Statistics Degrees

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette today reported on data released by the American Statistical Association showing that statistics is the fastest-growing STEM degree. “[The American Statistical Association’s] analysis of federal education data says statistics since 2010 has been the fastest-growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the nation, outpacing all other computer-related disciplines, environment and...

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