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Activity Number: 125 - SPEED: Modernization of What, How, and Where We Teach Statistics Part 1
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #306373 Presentation
Title: Undergraduate Statistics Research: a Viewpoint from a Non-Statistician
Author(s): Ryan Scherenberg* and Megan Sorenson and Audrey E Hendricks
Companies: and University of Colorado Denver and University of Colorado Denver
Keywords: Non-statistician; Diversity; Communicate; Research; Undergraduate

As a senior business major planning to work in the information systems industry, my statistics experience prior to working in an undergraduate statistics research group was limited to two introductory statistics courses. Despite not planning to attend graduate school or become a statistician, I describe why working in a statistics research group has been a valuable experience and why I think statistics research should include undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. The main benefits I see are (1) data literacy is important for all careers. This includes the ability to consume and communicate data effectively. (2) Regardless of academic path, participants can increase their understanding of statistical concepts and working collaboratively. This allows statisticians to work with individuals with less statistical knowledge and supports non-statisticians in discussing statistics and conceptualizing data-driven problems. (3) The application of different perspectives enriches research by leveraging varied perspectives and talents. Academically diversifying statistics research creates mutual benefits for scholars of different fields both students and faculty alike.

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