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2018 Ohio Statistics Poster Competition

Recognizing that there is a continuing need to encourage and promote the understanding and application of statistics, the Cleveland Chapter of the American Statistical Association is sponsoring a statistics poster competition that offers an avenue for students in Ohio to express their creativity in the graphical analysis of data. This competition encourages students to discover the usefulness of statistics in displaying data that occur in various contexts in their everyday lives.

Winners from this competition are automatically entered into the national statistics poster competition that was started in 1990 in which some winners have come from Ohio. Examples of national winners as well as a webinar on how to create a statistics poster may be found at:



A statistics poster is a visual display containing two or more related graphics (plots, charts, maps, etc.) that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer some specific questions about the data. Note that tables are discouraged because it is not the numbers themselves that are important but the stories they have to tell.

Some General Guidelines to Follow
  • Each graphic should convey some new information about the data that cannot be seen in the other graphics.
  • Whether created using survey data or experimental data, a statistical poster should tell a story.
  • The poster should demonstrate that the scientific method of solving a problem has been used-that
    • there was a carefully focused overall question;
    • appropriate data were collected;
    • the data were analyzed intelligently; and,
    • the correct conclusions were drawn.
  • A viewer should be able to see the poster's main message clearly from 4 to 6 feet away. The legends for each graphic should reflect the graphic's contribution to the poster. A good graph should be comprehensible without any significant instruction.
  • Use large lettering. This may require computer-generated lettering to be enlarged. Bold lines and symbols can be used to help make the messages of the individual graphics stand out.
  • Color is an excellent way to help the viewer keep track when the same elements appear in more than one graphic. Use of consistent colors in similar categories across multiple bar graphs or pie charts is important. However, too many colors may detract from the message and confuse the viewer.
  • Skillful art is beneficial to guide the viewer around the poster, but "art for art's sake" is to be avoided.
  • Avoid using three-dimensional graphs (particularly pie charts, bar graphs, histograms) as they are misleading.
  • Be careful that areas or volumes of shapes in pictographs accurately reflect the respective proportion of data. Many pictographs found in newspapers are drawn incorrectly.


Entries will be judged on the basis of:
  • Overall impact of the display
    • Does the poster immediately catch your eye?
    • Is it bright and visually attractive?
    • Does it draw you in to investigate the individual graphs?
    • Does it avoid artistic features that distract from the statistics message?
  • Clarity of the message
  • Do the important relationships and patterns in the data stand out?
  • Are the conclusions obvious from the graphs?
  • Appropriateness of the graphics for the data
Judges include teachers of statistics and statisticians. Their decisions are final. Entries cannot be returned.


All students in K-12 schools including home-schooled in Ohio are eligible.


  • Posters are to measure between 18 and 24 inches high and 24 to 30 inches wide.
  • Any weight of paper is permitted. Standard posterboard is recommended.
  • Be sure that anything attached to the poster is affixed securely. Do not attach perishable items.
  • Posters must be the original design and creation of the students.
  • Subject matter is the choice of the participants. Data may be original or published. Original data must be collected by the student(s).
  • Brief descriptions of the method of collection and purpose of the poster must be securely taped to the back of the poster. For published data, a reference must be given.
  • Posters must not contain any marks, names or information that reveal the identity of the individual, team, school, or specific geographical location.
  • Students may work individually or in teams. For the K-3 category, there is no restriction on the size of the team; it may be as large as the entire class. For the other three categories, the team may have up to four students. For teams with members from different grade levels, the highest grade level determines the entry category.


By submitting a poster, students agree that all rights to their poster, including all copyrights, are assigned to and become the property of the American Statistical Association and shall be considered "work for hire" under the copyright act. Such agreement permits posters to be displayed at conferences, in electronic format on the internet, or in publications or promotional materials.


There are four categories: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. At least $100 in prizes is available for each category.


There is no entry fee. All winners of the Ohio competition will be entered in the national competition. Please submit a hard copy of the following entry form with your Ohio poster:

Ohio entry form (select one desired format):

Ohio Entry Form in Word Format (.docx)
Ohio Entry Form in PDF Format

How to mail your poster (with the entry form):
Multiple entries may be mailed together. The best way to send them is flat between taped sheets of cardboard. A box is preferable for a large number of posters. Do not roll them in a tube.

Mail to:
Jerry L. Moreno
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
1 John Carroll Blvd.
John Carroll University
University Heights, OH 44118


Entries must be received by March 20, 2018. Ohio winners will be chosen by April 1, 2018. National winners will be announced by June 1, 2018.


Direct any questions to Jerry Moreno, coordinator of the Ohio Statistics Poster Competition at 216-397-4681, or moreno@jcu.edu. Members of the Cleveland Chapter may be available to speak to your class about creating statistics posters.


To see competition information in Word format click here:
Ohio Statistics Poster Competition in Word Format (.docx)

To see competition information in PDF format click here:
Ohio Statistics Poster Competition in PDF Format