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Honors Stats Contest

The High School Honors Statistics Contest was created in 2007 in conjunction with the Kyoto Laureate Symposium that year, which was held at UCSD. The laureate that year was Dr. Hirotugu Akaike, who received the prize for his work on model selection, an important area in statistics.

At the suggestion of Jeff Remmel, the Honors Statistics Contest was inaugurated that year to recognize the work of Probability and Statistics high school teachers in the San Diego County and the excellence of their students. The contest has continued each year ever since, co-sponsored by the UCSD Division of Physical Sciences and the UCSD Department of Mathematics.

Each year the contest attracts around 60 participants from about 10 high schools throughout the county to participate in a two-part statistics competition held on the UCSD campus in late April.

The contest has two parts. The first part consists of 25 multiple-choice questions and lasts 60 minutes. The second part consists of 4 written-response questions and lasts 90 minutes. The material covers the AP Placement Probability and Statistics and Probability and Statistics California Mathematics Content Standards, and the College Board AP Statistics content.

Students compete in teams of 3-8 students for both team and individual awards that are presented at a banquet dinner held at the Faculty Club about a week after the competition.

The 2017 Edition

The 2017 Honors Statistics Contest will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, in Peterson Hall, room 110, on the UCSD campus. Registration will open at 1:00 pm and close at 1:20 pm.

To participate, each coach must register his/her team by April 1st (preferably), using the following form. (Note that a coach can change the composition of his/her team even after submission up to a couple of days before the event.)



All contest participants and coaches are invited to the Awards Banquet, which will be held on TBA (a couple of weeks later) at the UCSD Faculty Club. Each coach will be asked to let the organizers know how many people from his/her team will attend the banquet.


If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Ery Arias-Castro at eariasca at ucsd dot edu.