The Curiosity Cup
A Global SAS® Student Competition

The Curiosity Cup brings student teams together from across the globe for a competition of real-world analytics skills. This amazing group project will test – and grow – your knowledge of data science and analytics. Register your team today!

Team Requirements

  • Teams must have two to four students who are enrolled part time or full time at the time of paper submission.
  • Students must be at least 18 years old at the time of paper submission.
  • Teams must have a faculty or educator adviser.

Important Dates

  • Registrations must be submitted no later than Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Paper submissions are due by Jan. 31, 2022.
    • Up to 15 teams will be selected for round 2 and notified on or around Feb. 17, 2022.
  • Video presentations for round 2 participants are due by March 2, 2022.
    • The top two teams (winner and runner-up) in each of the three domains will be selected and notified on or around March 11, 2022.

Competition Guidelines

Teams can choose their own SAS® learning software, data and analytical question(s) for the competition.

  • SAS software allowed:
    • SAS® Viya® for Learners.
    • SAS OnDemand for Academics.
    • University-licensed SAS software.
  • Data and analytical question(s):
    • Student teams may choose their own data set and pose their own analytical question(s).
    • Data sets must be publicly available, and entries must include a link to the data.
    • SAS Viya for Learners users must follow the SAS-documented upload process and terms.


Teams have two rounds to highlight their skills:

  • Round 1: Teams submit a two-to-five-page paper that conducts a data analysis using SAS software and describes results to a general audience.
    • Judging is based on data preparation, data analysis, data presentation and overall paper structure.
    • Up to 15 teams will be chosen to compete as finalists in round 2.
  • Round 2: Teams submit a video presentation describing their data analysis as if given to an audience of analytical stakeholders.
    • Judging is based on presentation organization, demonstrated subject knowledge, use of visuals, presentation mechanics and message.


All finalist teams will receive a SAS digital badge acknowledging finalist status.

  • A winning and runner-up team will be declared in each of the three domains:
    • Data preparation.
    • Data analysis.
    • Data presentation.
  • The winning team in each domain will receive:
    • Twelve months of access to the SAS Academy for Data Science.
    • SAS digital badge acknowledging winner status.
  • The winning and runner-up teams in each domain will receive:
    • One SAS certification exam voucher.
    • One SAS training course voucher.
    • SAS-branded mug.  

Check out the top three Student Symposium winners from 2021

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