Encourage your students to participate in DataFest!
Over the March 22-24 weekend the Department of Statistical Science will be hosting DataFest 2013. This is the second DataFest at Duke, and this year the event will be even bigger with participants from Duke, UNC, and NCSU.
DataFest is a data analysis challenge open to all undergraduates. Students work in teams on a surprise data analysis challenge over a weekend. The main goal of the competition is to get students to collaborate (and compete) on a data analysis question that is likely beyond the scope of what they see in their classes. The judging is based not only on the computational and analytical skills of the competitors, but also how well they communicate their results in a short amount of time. See http://stat.duke.edu/datafest for more information and registration.
The competition is for undergraduate students, but interested graduate students are welcomed to help mentor and guide teams. Please direct questions to Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel.