Westminster College Students Visit Highgate Cemetery in London

Friday, February 7, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Twenty Westminster College students from the Fall Semester Concepts of Statistics course toured Highgate Cemetery in London during their study abroad experience. The course was taught by Dr. Carolyn Cuff, Westminster professor of mathematics.

The students collected data about the people buried by taking pictures of the gravestones.  The students learned how difficult it is to collect accurate data and what it means to carefully and correctly take a sample to be able to use the data. Statistically, they determined that there is an equal percentage of men and women buried in the cemetery, with each sex living approximately the same amount of time - on average 50 years.

Highgate Cemetery is the final resting place of Karl Marx; Doug Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; George Elliott and about 170,000 others. 

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About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

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(L-R) Abbie Conlon, Madison Kincaide, Lauren McElhaney, Chelsea Phillips, and Jeff McKim.


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(L-R) Elizabeth Filipovich and Violet Shriver