Each year, the statistical profession recognizes outstanding members at the Joint Statistical Meetings in an awards ceremony organized by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS). Nominations are an important part of the process, and everyone can contribute—from the newest to most senior members of our societies. We recognize excellence in our mentors, colleagues, and friends, and it is important to single out those who have made exceptional contributions to the profession. As Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS), I am writing to solicit nominations for the current cycle of COPSS Awards.
Nominations for the Fisher Award and Lectureship and the Florence N. David Award and Lectureship should be submitted by December 15, 2018, while those for the Presidents’ Award and the George W. Snedecor Award, nominations should be submitted by January 15, 2019.
The Fisher Award and Lectureship is awarded yearly for outstanding contributions to aspects of statistics and probability that closely relate to the scientific collection and interpretation of data. The award exists to recognize the importance of statistical methods for scientific investigations. The awardee’s hour-long lecture is delivered during JSM. Eligible nominations should be sent in PDF format by December 15, 2018, to the Fisher Award Committee Chair (Sharon-Lise Normand) or the COPSS Secretary.
The Presidents’ Award is presented yearly in recognition of outstanding contributions to the statistics profession. It is typically granted to an individual who has not yet reached his or her 41st birthday. In the special case of an individual who has received his or her statistically related terminal degree fewer than 12 years prior to the nomination deadline, the individual will be eligible if he or she has not yet reached his or her 46th birthday during the year of the award. Nominations should be sent in PDF format by January 15, 2019, to the Presidents’ Award Committee Chair (Sastry Pantula) or the COPSS Secretary.
The Florence N. David Award and Lectureship is presented biennially (odd numbered years) to a female statistician who serves as a role model to other women by her contributions to the profession through excellence in research, leadership of multidisciplinary collaborative groups, statistics education, or service to the professional societies. The awardee’s hour-long lecture is delivered during JSM. Nominations should be submitted in PDF format by December 15, 2018, to the Florence N. David Award Committee Chair (Todd Alonzo) or the COPSS Secretary.
The George W. Snedecor Award is presented biennially (odd numbered years) to honor an individual who has been instrumental in the development of statistical theory in biometry and with a noteworthy publication in biometry within three years of the date of the award. Nominations should be submitted in PDF format by January 15, 2019, to the G.W. Snedecor Award Committee Chair (Stijn Vansteelandt) or the COPSS Secretary.
These awards are jointly sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA), Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), Eastern and Western Regions of the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), and the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). They represent a discipline-wide acknowledgement of the outstanding contributions of statisticians, regardless of their affiliations with any professional society.