Young Statistical Scientist Awards

About the Young Statistical Scientist Awards:

IISA announces three Young Statistical Scientist Awards (YSSA) to recognize outstanding contribution made by a member in each of the areas of Theory and Methods, Applications, and Statistical Practices*.
Eligibility: Eligible candidates must be currently engaged in research in statistics, theoretical or applied, and/or have contributed significantly to the profession of statistics through collaboration and leadership roles in an industrial or governmental forum. Nominees must either be a LIFE member or an active member of IISA for at least past two years at the time of nomination.  Only junior researchers can be nominated for the award. Specifically, eligible candidates will be under the age of 46 throughout the award calendar year. 
Nomination:  In order to submit a nomination, please include (a) a cover letter specifying the award track (i.e., theory and methods, applications, or statistical practice in an industry, government or non-academic institution) and outlining the significance of the candidate’s contributions relevant to the track, (b) a current CV (including date of birth), and (c) at least two additional letters of support.  All application materials should be mailed to (pdf files preferable). Nominations can be made by a researcher in the field of statistical sciences from academia, governmental organization as well as industries. Self-nomination is acceptable.
Selection: An awards subcommittee selected by the IISA Executive Committee will determine the winners based on the submitted nominations.  Awards will be presented at the IISA conference.  All winners receive a cash prize and a plaque. 
*Note: From 2018, IISA has added an additional YSSA track in Statistical Practices to specifically recognize the contributions made by a junior statistician practicing in an industry or a governmental organization. 
The 2017 YRA recipients were: 
  • Theory and Methods: Debdeep Pati (TAMU, USA) & Surya Tokdar (Duke, USA) 
  • Applications: Samiran Ghosh (Wayne State University, USA) & Bibhas Chakraborty  (Duke-NUS, Singapore)
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