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Summer MIT Experience

(The information below has been provided by Mrs. Hertz at Woodside High School.)

The Office of the Dean for Graduate Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host its annual MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) from June 6 – August 7, 2010.
The MSRP, an institutional effort that began in 1986, facilitates the involvement of talented students in research aspects of the fields of engineering and science—particularly those who are underrepresented in these fields. This summer program seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors from around the country who could benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, working in a research laboratory under the tutelage and guidance of experienced scientists and engineers. The program features supervision by an MIT faculty member and postdoctoral fellow or advanced graduate student; weekly seminars/workshops; preparation and delivery of a research poster and paper; individual counseling on academic careers; hands-on training in active, “real-world” laboratories; and participation in social and cultural activities in the area.
I am writing to ask for your assistance in identifying underrepresented minority underclassmen (particularly African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Mexican American and Puerto Rican students) interested in science and engineering that would benefit from a 9-week, research-intensive summer program. Additional program details, applicant requirements and the online application can be found on the web at mit.edu/msrp <http://web.mit.edu/odge/msrp> .

Good Graph?

Your job is fairly simple.  You must search the internet to find an article that has an accompanying graph.  Copy and paste the URL into the comment area below and then analyze the graph.  Is this a good graph or a bag graph?  Why?

You can conduct your search in a number of ways.  You could go to your favorite search engine and type in things like articles with graphs, science articles with graphs, history articles with graphs, or other such search terms.  You could also search for graph images and find one that has an actual article.  Finally, you could go to the website of a magazine or newspaper and find an article there that has a graph.  Please understand, this needs to be an article that has a graph.  It can’t just be a random graph on a webpage, and it can’t be an article about how to make a graph. These types of articles are prevalent, so be sure to read a little bit of the article to know what it’s about.

This assignment is worth 20 points.  Five points are for merely completing the assignment, five points are for choosing an article/graph that meets the criteria, and ten points will be for the quality of your analysis.  So, be careful, and examine all aspects of the graph.

Just for fun (and EXTRA CREDIT), check out these funny graphs!  They bring to light that people can use statistics to get their point across in many ways — even musical humor.  I will give you an EXTRA CREDIT POINT if you can name the song being represented by each graph (that’s 4 points, people!).


I am interested in finding out more about my students, so please leave a comment on this post and tell me a little about yourself.  Here are some questions to get you started:

  • What is your family like?
  • What kinds of activities do you enjoy?
  • What are you involved in at Woodside?
  • What kind of music do you enjoy?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • What do you hope to learn from this class?

When you leave your comment, it won’t show up right away, because I have to “approve” it, but it will definitely appear within 24 hours.  If you do not want your comment to be made public, just ask me to keep it private in your post.

If you’d like to learn more about me, just click on the page Ms. Stein’s Stats.