Awards and Scholarships

Best Statistical and Data Mining Paper Award

The award of $1,500 will be given annually to the paper published in Statistical Analysis and Data Mining: The ASA Data Science Journal in the given calendar year that best reflects the goals of the journal, which are currently described as follows: “The goals of this interdisciplinary journal are to encourage collaborations across disciplines, communication of novel data mining and statistical techniques to both novices and experts involved in the analysis of data from practical problems, and a principled evaluation of analyses and solutions.”

Biopharmaceutical Section Scholarship Award

The Biopharmaceutical Section Scholarship Award was established in 2018 by the Biopharmaceutical Section of the American Statistical Association to recognize notable research, academic achievement, and applied project work related to biopharmaceutical statistics. The award will also consider general academic performance, leadership, volunteering, and service. Annually, up to three students will each receive an award of $1,000.

Causality in Statistics Education Award

The Causality in Statistics Education Award is aimed at encouraging the teaching of basic causal inference in introductory statistics courses. Donated by Judea Pearl, the prize carries an award of $5,000 to a person or team that does the most to enhance the teaching and learning of causal inference in statistics.

Deming Lecturer Award

Established to honor the accomplishments of W. Edwards Deming, this award recognizes the accomplishments of the awardee and enhances the awareness among the statistical community of the scope and importance of Deming’s contributions.

Edward C. Bryant Scholarship Trust Fund Scholarship

Established by Westat to honor its co-founder and chair emeritus, Edward C. Bryant, this scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students in survey statistics to help support their graduate education.

Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award

The Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award was established to recognize members of the media for their presentation of the science of statistics and its role in public life.

Fellows of the ASA

Nominated by their peers, ASA Fellows are members of established reputation who have made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical work. Given annually, this is a great honor, as the number of recipients is limited to no more than one-third of 1% of the ASA membership.

Founders Award

The ASA Founders Award recognizes members who have rendered distinguished service to the association.

Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship

Jointly sponsored by the ASA Committee on Women in Statistics and the Caucus for Women in Statistics, this scholarship was established to encourage women to enter statistically oriented professions.

Gottfried E. Noether Awards

The Noether awards were established to recognize distinguished researchers and teachers and to support the field of nonparametric statistics. The Noether Senior Scholar Award is presented to a distinguished senior researcher or teacher in nonparametric statistics. The Noether Young Scholar Award is presented to an accomplished young researcher to promote research and teaching in nonparametric statistics.

Government Statistics Section Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship

Awarded jointly with the ASA’s Social Statistics Section, this scholarship supports work toward a career in government statistics. The scholarship encourages promising young statisticians to consider a future in government statistics. It provides up to $1,000 for use in exploring a number of opportunities for furthering the development of a career related to government statistics.

Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award

The Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of those who have successfully advocated appropriate and effective uses of statistics and data-analytic approaches in business and the public sector. Unlike other awards, this award recognizes the promotion of statistical reasoning by individuals who may or may not be statisticians.

Health Policy Statistics Section Achievement Awards

The Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) Achievement Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of statistical methods or have developed innovative statistical applications for health care policy or health services research. The awards are given to encourage research in this area and increase awareness of the HPSS in the statistical community.

Jackie Dietz Best Journal of Statistics Education Paper Award

The Best Journal of Statistics Education Paper Award was established in 2011 and is given annually to the best paper among all those appearing in the journal in a given year as determined by the award committee. This award is named in honor of Jackie Dietz, the founding editor of the Journal of Statistics Education.

John J. Bartko Scholarship Award

The John J. Bartko Scholarship Award was established to help promising young statisticians who are in at least the second year of a master’s degree program in statistics or biostatistics or who have completed such a program within the two years prior to the award date.

Karl E. Peace Award

The Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society, established in 2012, recognizes statisticians who have made substantial contributions to the statistical profession and society in general. The award was established by Christopher K. Peace, son of Karl E. Peace, on behalf of the Peace family to honor the life work of his father.

Lester R. Curtin Award

The Lester R. Curtin Award was established to help promising young health statisticians get the skills and training they need to make significant contributions in their area of study. The award was created to honor the memory of Lester, or “Randy,” and his long career of working tirelessly to teach and mentor his colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Lingzi Lu Memorial Award

In 2013, the ASA in partnership with the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) created the Lingzi Lu Memorial Award in remembrance of Lingzi Lu. The first-year student in the statistics master’s program at Boston University lost her life in the senseless Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. Through the Lingzi Lu Memorial Award, the ASA and ICSA support the studies of similarly dedicated people who are in master’s programs in statistics or who have recently earned their master’s degree in statistics.

Mentoring Award

The ASA Mentoring Award is given each year to a member who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in developing the careers of statistics students, statisticians, or statistical researchers early in their careers.

Monroe. G. Sirken Award in Interdisciplinary Survey Methods Research

Monroe G. Sirken created an endowment to recognize a distinguished researcher for contributions to interdisciplinary survey research that improve the theory and methods of collecting, verifying, processing, presenting, or analyzing survey data.

Outstanding Statistical Application Award

This award recognizes a paper that is an outstanding application of statistics in any substantive field.

Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Award

The Wilks Award was established to honor the memory and distinguished career of Samuel S. Wilks by recognizing outstanding contributions to statistics that carry on in the spirit of his work.

Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry, and Government (SPAIG) Award

The ASA SPAIG Award was established to recognize outstanding partnerships between academe, industry, and government organizations, as well as to promote new partnerships among these organizations.

Statistics in Physical Engineering Sciences Award

The Statistics in Physical Engineering Sciences Award recognizes outstanding collaborative efforts between statisticians and chemists throughout the physical and engineering sciences.

Waller Awards

The Waller awards were established by a contribution from retired ASA Executive Director Ray Waller and his wife, Carolyn. The Waller Education Award honors individuals for innovation in the instruction of elementary statistics. The Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award recognizes an individual for sustained excellence in teaching and statistics education.

W. J. Dixon Award for Excellence in Statistical Consulting

In December of 2008, the ASA Board of Directors accepted a gift from Janet Elashoff, daughter of W. J. Dixon, to endow a fund establishing the W. J. Dixon Award for Excellence in Statistical Consulting. The award was established to recognize outstanding contributions to statistical consulting and to honor the memory of Dixon.

W. J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing

The W. J. Youden award was established to recognize publications that make outstanding contributions to the design and/or analysis of interlaboratory tests or describe ingenious approaches to the planning and evaluation of data from such tests.