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PA Statistics Poster Competition Call for Posters

September 27, 2012

We are thrilled to announce that the Saint Francis Science Outreach Center will again host the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition for 2013.  Cash prizes and certificates are awarded for first, second, third, and fourth place in each category.  Certificates are awarded for honorable mentions in each category.  The winning posters from the Pennsylvania Competition are submitted to the National Statistics Poster Competition.

Register Your Poster

General Information:

  • A statistics poster is a display containing graphs that summarize data, provide different points of view, and answer some question (or questions) about the data.
  • All students in grades K-12 in Pennsylvania are eligible to participate.  Entries will be judged in four grade level categories:  K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
  • Entry process - Complete the electronic entry form.  Print the confirmation email, acquire the appropriate signatures, and submit the form with your poster as described in the Rules and Guidelines section.
  • Deadline for submission - Posters must be postmarked by midnight on Friday, February 22, 2013 and delivered to:
    • USPS:  Saint Francis University, Science Outreach Center, 2013 PA Statistics Poster Competition, PO Box 600, Loretto, PA  15940.
    • UPS/FEDEX:  Saint Francis University, Science Outreach Center, 2013 PA Statistics Poster Competition, 169 Lakeview Drive, Loretto, PA  15940
  • Winners for the Pennsylvania Competition will be announced in April 2013.
Rules and Guidelines:
  • Posters are to measure between 18 and 24 inches high and 24 and 30 inches wide (no larger).  Any weight of paper is permitted.
  • Shipping Information:  The best way to send a poster is flat, between taped sheets of cardboard.  Please know that we receive between 500 and 800 posters, so send posters using a method that lends itself to easy opening with a razor (this will help keep the poster from being damaged during opening).  No extra papers, no "peanuts" or other non-Earth friendly packing materials.  Be sure posters are not wrapped so securely that opening becomes a challenge.  Do not use duct tape or large amounts of tape.
  • Any layers of paper on posters must be affixed securely.  Building a third dimension to the poster with paper or other materials is strongly discouraged.  Lamination is rcommended.
  • Posters must be the original design and creation of the entrants themselves.
  • Representing more than one aspect of the data in one graph or by using more than one graph is strongly encouraged.
  • The poster's subject matter is the choice of the participants.  A listing of the original data, a description of the method of collection, and the purpose of the experiment should be securely taped to the back of the poster.  (Cite references for published data.)
  • Be sure the poster itself gives no information that identifies the students, teacher, school or district.  A separate entry form must accompany each poster.
  • Only first-, second-, third-, fourth-place, and honorable mention winners will be notified personally.  The Science Outreach Center website will announce the Pennsylvania winners in April.  The ASA web site will announce national winners in August.
  • Students may work individually or in teams.  For the K-3 category, a team may consist of up to an entire class.  For the other categories, the team may have up to four students.  The highest grade represented by any team member will determine the entry category.
  • All posters submitted become the property of the competition organizers as a "work for hire" under the copyright act, and will not be returned.  Submission of posters constitutes consent to use winner's names, likenesses, and entries for editorial, advertising, and publicity purposes.  
Judging and Prizes:
  • What the Judges will look for:
    • Overall impact of the display for eye-catching appeal and visual attractiveness, and for its ability to draw in the viewer to investigate the graph or graphs.
    • Clarity of the message's demonstration of relationships and patterns, obvious conclusions, and the ability to stand alone, even without the documentation on the back of the poster.
    • Appropriateness of the graphics for the data.
    • Creativity, neatness, and originality.
  • Judging will take place in March 2013.  All decisions by the judges are final.
  • Cash Prizes
    • First Place:  $96
    • Second Place:  $72
    • Third Place:  $48
    • Fourth Place:  $24
  • If the submission is a collaborative effort, the prize money will be divided equally.  For the K-3 category, winning poster submissions by a team of 5 or more students will be distributed according to the school's specifications.  Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition winners will also be submitted to the National Statistics Poster Competition, which is coordinated by the American Statistical Association.