Statistics Poster Competition for Grades 10-12

Sponsored by:
Pittsburg State University Department of Mathematics
and MOKAN Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Contact Person:
Dr. Ananda Jayawardhana, 620-235-4414, or contact by e-mail
PSU Mathematics Department phone: 620-235-4400

Registration Form (PDF)

Welcome Letter (PDF)

Statistic Poster Contest 2014
A data visualization poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data.
All students in grades 10 through 12 residing in Kansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma, are eligible to participate.
  • There is no entry fee!
  • The national competition only accepts electronic posters.
  • If you want to send a physical poster for the local competition, please follow the instructions below:
    • Registration form securely affixed to the back of the poster.
    • Note: Multiple entries may be mailed together but must have separate registration forms. Please send entries flat between taped sheets of cardboard. Do not send posters rolled in a tube. They should be delivered to:
Department of Mathematics
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS  66762
  • Due date is Friday, March 22nd. Only electronic posters will be accepted to national contest, if selected. Please send a high-quality picture of your poster to the local coordinator at and send your physical poster via US Postal Services.
  • Students may work individually or in teams. The maximum number of students per team is four.
  • For teams with members from different grade levels, the highest grade determines the entry category.
  • Posters measure between 18 and 24 inches high and 24 and 30 inches wide.
  • You will email a photo/image file of a physical poster or a PDF file of a digitally created poster. You should mail physical posters to the PSU Mathematics Department.
  • If creating a digital poster, please follow the guidelines in the electronic poster tutorial. URL:
  • Include the grade category and title of your poster in your file name.
  • Ensure the image/file is high enough quality that it can be zoomed in on and all text and graphics can be easily read.
  • Make sure the poster gives no information that identifies the team or school.
  • Posters must be the original design and creation of the entrant(s).
  • Computer graphics may be used.
  • Subject matter is the choice of the participant(s) or their classmates.
  • Brief supplementary information such as examples of original data, references for published data, brief descriptions of data collection procedures, and/or the purpose of the experiment may be provided in a text box in the online entry form. Do not copy and paste your actual data into the form. Please note this information might not be used in the judging, so make sure the main poster briefly provides sufficient information without being too text heavy (the updated judging criteria/rubric penalizes posters with too much text). Follow the evaluation criteria and judging rubric explained below.
  • Posters must be received by March 22.
  • In submitting a poster, students agree the poster may be displayed at the PSU Department of Mathematics.

By submitting a poster, students give permission for their work to be displayed at various conferences, special events, in publications and promotional material, and in electronic format on the Internet. Posters become the property of the competition organizers and are not returned. The top entries will be submitted to the American Statistical Association Poster Competition.

Entries will be judged on the basis of: 
  • Overall Impact of the Display (Poster Design) 
    Poster design aspects, colors/patterns, grammar, spelling, dimensionality, readability, neatness
  • Technical Aspects (Statistical Correctness)  
    Age-appropriate use of statistical methods, calculations, and interpretation
  • Clarity of the Message (Statistical Process) 
    How well is the four-step investigative process implemented?
    How well is a story told? 
    Stands alone, even without the explanatory paragraph on the back
  • Appropriateness of the Graphs for the Data
    Statistical appropriateness of graphics
  • Creativity (Topic is of Interest) 
    Data collection methods, sample size issues, who cares factor

Prizes in the amounts of $50, $30, and $20 will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Winning entrants' schools will receive plaques signifying the honor. Honorable mention certificates will be awarded too.  Winning posters will be displayed at area shopping malls.

This contest is modeled after Michigan’s Poster Contest. Students may wish to view their site, as well as other statistics poster web sites, for point of reference.

Michigan Statistics Poster Competition:

The entry form, affixed to the back of the poster, must accompany each entry. There should not be any identifying information on the poster itself.