Math is all around us, and every day, we use it without even thinking about it. We use math for computations, but also to learn and think logically. Statistics is another field that helps us develop our logic and critical thinking skills. Applying math and statistics skills in our day-to-day lives is so important that there is an entire month devoted to celebrating it!


Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is observed in the US every year in April. Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month was initiated in 1986 as Mathematics Awareness Week with a proclamation made by President Ronald Reagan—it became a month-long observance in 1999 and statistics was added in 2017 in recognition of the importance of both mathematical and statistical research. The goal of Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is to foster public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics and statistics—this month marks a time for public acknowledgment of the essential roles played by math and statistics to tackle everyday problems in the world at large.


Throughout the month of April, schools and student clubs, associations, and interest groups present workshops, exhibits, and lectures to observe Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month. They often hold math-related forums and sponsor contests to celebrate math and statistics in interesting and fun ways. According to the Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month website, “Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is a program of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM)—a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.”


Both math and statistics play significant roles in addressing real-world problems. From internet security to sustainability, disease to climate change, and so much more, math and statistics can help us to understand the roots of many issues and to develop ways to correct errors and solve problems, as well as overhauling complete systems and paradigms to better engage with the constructs that support our society. Mathematics and statistics drive invention and innovation in our society; they are tools for making the world better through new discoveries, solutions to problems, and the recognition of beauty inherent to both fields of study.


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Written by Erika Mehlhaff