Visit one of the following newspapers’ websites: USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or Washington Post. Select an article that uses statistical data related to a current event, your major, your current field, or your future career goal. The chosen article must have been published after the start of this term.

Examples may include:

  • Elections/exit polls
  • Award shows (Oscars/Emmys/Grammys)
  • Sports
  • Economy/job market
  • Gender equality
  • Human rights issues

The article should use one or more of the following categories of descriptive statistics:

  • Measures of Frequency – Counting Rules, Percent, Frequency, Frequency Distributions
  • Measures of Central Tendency – Mean, Median, Mode
  • Measures of Dispersion or Variation – Range, Variance, Standard Deviation
  • Measures of Position – Percentile, Quartiles



Title of Presentation:

Title of Article (include name of publication and publishing date):

Part A:

  1. Provide a      summary of the article you have chosen by identifying the purpose and what      real-world problem it is addressing/trying to solve. (Bulleted format is      acceptable).
  2. Explain what      category(s) of descriptive statistics is used in the study and how it is      used to communicate the information found in the study and/or any      conclusions/solutions posed (1–2 paragraphs).
  3. Explain how      the article applies to the real world, your major, your current job, or      your future career goal (1–2 paragraphs).
  4. What      solutions do you recommend based on analysis of data and conclusions      drawn?

Part B:

An additional part of the application process requires you to create a presentation based on the information provided above. To do so, choose an audience (outside of the field of mathematics) that could benefit from the information you will present:

  1. Create one visualization of the data appropriate for the      conference audience (1 slide). Note:      If the article already contains a visual, you must create a different type      of graph or chart.
  2. Explain how the audience can benefit from the data (1 slide).
  3. Recommend your identified solutions using language appropriate for      the audience.

In the notes section of your final slide, answer the following questions in 1–2 paragraphs:

  1. Explain why you chose the audience you identified above.
  2. Describe how the language, purpose, and visuals used in the      presentation are appropriate for the audience.