Last weekend (April 12-14, 2019), we hosted DataFest for the first time at Denison. DataFest is a weekend-long event during which small teams of undergraduate students work intensively to gain insight from a large dataset. The American Statistical Association coordinates DataFest on many college campuses around the nation during different weekends in the spring.
Students were given a surprise dataset on Friday evening. They worked in teams to make meaning of the data and present their findings on Sunday at around noon.
On Sept 22, I attended StatFest at Amherst College in Massachusetts with three of our students Anamay Agnihotri, Fatima Haroon, and Smelanda Jean-Baptiste. For all of them, it was their first statistics conference. StatFest is a conference aimed at undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences. The conference had it all on a single day. There was time dedicated to networking, poster presentations, keynote speeches, panels with professionals both from nonprofit and industry.