UP-STAT 2022 is excited to announce a student paper competition and a student poster competition on May 2 and 3. Three awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes) will be given in each competition. Each winner will receive a certificate, reimbursement of travel expenses in the case of an “in-person” presentation, and a cash prize.
Eligibility: To be eligible, the student must be a graduate degree candidate at an accredited institution in any term during 2022, be registered in the UP-STAT 2022 conference, and present the research during the conference. The reported research should reflect the student's work and be relevant to Statistical Sciences, the broad theme of the conference. The student must be the first or the corresponding author of the paper/poster, although the research can be performed in collaboration with a faculty advisor and/or a small number of co-investigators.
Review Criteria: The competing presentations for the paper and the poster sessions will be reviewed by the Student Awards Committee. The reviewers will assess the strength of the research and presentation in the following four areas:
How to Participate: To participate first register for the conference (registration is free!), then email Prof. Lili Tian, Chair, Student Award committee, the following:
Note: You are welcome to participate in both competitions; however, two separate abstracts must be submitted in that case, that correspond to two different research projects.
Deadline for Submission: April 11, 2022.
For the paper award competition, an extended abstract (1-2 pages) must be submitted by April 27, 2022. This is in addition to the last bullet point listed above.
For the poster session competition, a 2-minute video must be uploaded by April 27, 2022. ZOOM breakout rooms will be utilized to communicate with poster presenters.
The 2022 UP-STAT Poster Competition will be held asynchronously, with participants posting their presentations online. As such, student “posters” will be recorded and may take the form of any presentation method deemed necessary (slide presentations as one example). These are to be two-minutes in length and must be uploaded by April 27th. We will utilize the Flipgrid platform, enabling you to post your video and interact remotely with conference attendees.
The UP-STAT poster competition will be hosted on Flipgrid. Please post your presentation to the Flipgrid platform using either a Gmail or Microsoft Account.
1. Record/Pause button
Press this to start recording, or to pause and catch your breath!
2. Options drawer
Upload video clips, Flip the camera & Share your screen
3. Effects drawer
Add Filters, Pen annotations and more to your recording
See this guide for more information on Flipgrid features and effects.
This method is preferred for solo Presentations.
This method is particularly suited to group/team presentations.
You can reply to a video with a video comment, text comment, or a text comment with a video comment. Text comments are limited to 500 characters of plain text.
The UP-STAT Data Analytics Competition is a staple of the UP-STAT conference series. To further encourage greater and more involved student participation, the UP-STAT conference always holds a Data Analysis Competition, typically featuring very complex data aimed at challenging all the competitors at the very core of their statistical knowledge and acumen.
A team of at least one student and no more than 5 students may enter the competition by submitting their entry information which includes team name, school, and the names and email addresses of the team members. The data set will be accessible from the conference website on around March 25, 2022, to teams that have entered the competition. Teams will be required to submit a report (maximum of 10 pages) on their results by April 28, 2022. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams, all of whom will be asked to present their results at the conference.
The State University of New York at Buffalo
May 2-4, 2022
Statistical Science at the Service of Social Justice
Understanding Disparities in Educational Discipline and their relationships with Jailing Rates in the United States of America
What kind of evidence does a Sound Data Driven Statistical Investigation Reveal?
This year’s UPSTAT Data Analytics Competition brings back the fascinating theme of “Statistical Science at the Service of Social Justice”. This year, we invite and challenge our contestants to investigate two themes around social justice, namely (a) Disparities in educational discipline and (b) Jailing rates (c) The relationship (if any) between (a) and (b)
A good place to start is the PNAS article entitled “Racial disparities in school-based disciplinary actions are associated with county-level rates of racial bias” by Travis Riddle and Stacey Sinclair both Princeton University professors.
The idea would be to collect data from a variety of sources (The Civil Rights Data Collection, Vera Incarceration Trends (BJS), Census data (mainly from the ACS tables), and Race Implicit Association Test (Harvard). This will be time-consuming because the different sources have different naming conventions and unique identifiers -- participants must do additional work to get these data at the county level in the United States. Participants can then display these data via heatmaps over the US or sub-regions of specific interest (e.g., the rust belt). Some of the questions that participants may address with these data include amongst others:
Note: These questions could be assessed at various levels, from descriptions to complicated multi-level models and posthoc analyses. Crucially, the participants should consider addressing many other questions and themes of their own towards addressing the overarching theme of the competition.