The UVa Statistics Live! Symposium was held in Spring 2018, which was a culmination of virtual symposiums from the past 2 years. The intention behind these symposiums demonstrate the relevancy of statistics in today’s workforce.
Data journalists from 538, Ella Koeze and Walt Hickey, were invited to present topics around data visualization and data and storytelling. Students also had the opportunity to attend a lunch conversation to discuss employment in various fields integrating statistics. Ella and Walt also attended classes and students investigated their research and had dynamic discussions with the presenters.
The symposium provides an important connection for students is that they are applying skills learned in the classroom the students become encouraged and motivated to study statistics.