New award created for “Emerging Leaders in Statistics”

The COPSS Leadership Academy Award was established in 2020 to recognize early career statistical scientists who show evidence of and potential for leadership and who will help shape and strengthen the field.

The award is designed both to call attention to the efforts of these individuals and to provide a mechanism for them to share their vision for the field with each other and the statistical community. The award is open to all junior members of the international statistical community. An eligible candidate will have received a terminal statistically-related degree up to 10 years prior to the award year. In special circumstances (e.g., illness, childbirth, dependent care), the eligibility period may be extended by up to two years, but in this case the nomination letter should outline the special circumstances. These determine only eligibility, and do not otherwise affect the selection process. Nominees must also be a member of at least one COPSS and Friend Societies.

Members of the Leadership Academy will be selected based on outstanding contributions to the field of statistical science in one or more of the following areas: education, training, and mentoring; original research and software development; impactful and ethical practice; and service to the profession and to society.

Nominations must be sent by January 15, 2021, preferably by email in PDF format, to:
Catherine Calder
Chair of the COPSS Leadership Academy Award Committee, and Professor in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin

For more details on the award, its eligibility criteria, and the nomination process, please visit:

Nomination are also open for the other COPSS awards (Presidents’ Award, Distinguished Achievement Award, F.N. David Award, G.W. Snedecor Award): see the calls here.

[Editor’s note: Eligibility criteria updated by COPSS; this article was edited on October 30, 2020 to reflect these changes.]