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The American Statistical Association (ASA)

The Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry & Government Committee (SPAIG)

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Identify, lead, and promote initiatives that foster statistical partnerships or collaborations between two or more entities across Academic, Industry, and/or Government sectors through the following tasks:

(1) Establish and make decisions on a partnership award to recognize outstanding partnership or collaborative efforts across different career sectors.

(2) Promote, feature and encourage activities, such as organizing or co-sponsoring scientific sessions or authoring statistical magazine and newsletter articles, which highlight a diverse set of collaborative case studies and successes.

(3) Recommend and support systematic salary surveys of the ASA members from Industry and Government.

(4) Periodically announce the partnership award program and communicate the progress on initiatives and activities. 

Shared Experiences in "AmStat News"

Top 10 Tips for Getting Successful Statistical Internships

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If you are a graduate or advanced undergraduate student in statistical sciences and related fields, these 10 tips may increase your likelihood of getting an internship. Once you have secured and completed an internship, it will be a valuable lifelong experience. 

Internships Make Such a Difference: The Experiences of Four Students

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Ruobin Gong, PhD Student, Harvard University

Tyler G. Kinzy and James P. Normington, Master’s Students, University of Minnesota

Steven Willke, Undergraduate Student, The Ohio State University 

A Recipe for Successful Collaborations

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During the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Seattle, Washington, the American Statistical Association (ASA), through its Committee on Statistical Partnerships among Academe, Industry and Government (SPAIG) and several co-sponsors, highlighted cutting-edge collaborative projects through successful partnerships between academia, industry, and/or government organizations. Six distinguished statisticians, herein the “panel,” from various professional sectors offered valuable thoughts and advice on how statisticians may form vital collaborations across sectors. 

SPAIG Committee Seeks Collaboration

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  • Big Data: This “catch phrase” seems to be taking the analytic world by storm. Do statisticians feel their contribution is being circumvented by the IT folks, and how do statisticians remain prominent players?
  • Declining Response: Response rates to surveys are on a steep decline. Even our committee’s homegrown salary survey to our fellow statisticians has suffered an ever-decreasing response. No easy answers here?

SPAIG Finds Statistical Community Slightly Shaken,

Not Greatly Stirred Regarding Big Data

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The statistics community is concerned about Big Data, convinced it is not just a passing fad, but sees no cause to get head over heels excited either. The folks who offered comments were somewhat more diverse, with remarks ranging from “no threat to statistics” to “disciplines will move on without our help.” Some comments noted Big Data provides “more opportunities (for statisticians)” and suggested that proactively “we should jump on the bandwagon in collaborating with other disciplines.”


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