YouTube Videos Wanted for Competition

The American Statistical Association invites the submission of original digital videos that celebrate the many and varied achievements and roles of statisticians.

ASA President Nancy Geller recently asked members of the 2011 Public Awareness Workgroup to devise a contest for short films about statistics and statisticians. The competition is intended to stimulate public awareness of the many facets of statistics and life as a statistician. Samples can be viewed on YouTube.

What You Need to Know

All submissions must be the original design and creation of the entrants and must not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright protections. Visit the copyright information page on YouTube.

  • Cash prizes will be awarded: first place – $1,000; second place – $350; third place – $150.
  • All student entrants for the first-, second-, and third-place winning videos will be offered a one-year student membership in the ASA.
  • Each entry will be judged on two equally weighted criteria: quality of statistical content and entertainment value.
  • Members of the ASA 2011 Public Awareness Workgroup will serve as judges, and decisions by the judges are final.
  • Submissions are limited to five minutes in length.
  • In submitting a video, entrants agree that the video may be displayed by the ASA, featured in its publications, and included on its website.
  • A completed online entry form must be submitted with every entry.
  • The submission deadline is July 15.
  • Winners will be announced at JSM 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida (entrants need not be present to win).

2011 Public Awareness Workgroup Members

Tom Short, John Carroll University (chair)

Rosanne Desmone, Mt. Vernon PR & Communications

Steven Goodman, The Johns Hopkins University

Rod Little, U.S. Census Bureau

Megan Murphy, ASA

Deb Nolan, University of California, Berkeley

Michael Posner, Villanova University

Lindsay Renfro, Baylor University

Erin Tanenbaum, Claritas, A Nielsen Company

Contact Tom Short at to receive a code that will permit you to upload the video to the competition’s YouTube site.

Members of the American Statistical Association’s 2011 Public Awareness Workgroup, ASA employees, ASA directors, and their immediate family members are ineligible to receive awards in the competition.

For more information, contact Short at

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