Jessica Kohlschmidt is the Executive Director of the Caucus for Women in Statistics. She writes with an update on recent and forthcoming CWS activities:

The Caucus for Women in Statistics and Data Science, CWS ( is pleased to share the following information.

We have selected our third annual recipient for the CWS Societal Impact Award: Dr. Saleha Naghmi Habibullah, who is Professor of Statistics at Kinnaird College For Women in Pakistan. This award was established to recognize the impact that statisticians make to society at large. The award will be given annually to a statistician who has actively worked to advance social justice, or diversity, equity and inclusion through their research, teaching or service. Congratulations Dr. Saleha Habibullah! The deadline for this award is February of each year. Please consider nominating one of your outstanding colleagues for this award. See

CWS also has several travel awards. We are currently accepting applications (until August 31, 2023) for the Prof. Suddhendu Biswas Student Travel Award, a student travel award for an individual in a developing country to attend an international conference in India. We would like to announce the winners of our JSM travel award: Dr. Sayantee Jana won the 2023 CWS Do-Bui Travel Award, Taylor Krajewski won the 2023 CWS Lee Travel Award, and Ann Marie Weideman won the 2023 CWS Travel Award. The JSM Travel Award deadline is in May of each year and we welcome applications.

JSM is quickly approaching and there will be CWS-sponsored events: see We will be hosting a pre-JSM “Know Before You Go” webinar on July 26 by our 2023 CWS President-Elect Cynthia Bland, RTI International. We will have a recording available after the webinar ( We will host our Governing Council at JSM on August 6th at 9 am. Our annual CWS Reception and Business Meeting will be on August 8th from 6–8 pm in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, room CC-701A. Please join us if you are able: Drs. Ji-Hyun Lee and Sayantee Jana will be our featured speakers.

CWS is hosting the second annual International Day for Women in Statistics and Data Science. This event will take place on October 10th from midnight to midnight UTC time; it is entirely virtual and registration is free. Check out for more information and to register.

Florence Nightingale Day is starting its sixth year. To honor Nightingale’s legacy, the Florence Nightingale Day was launched in 2018 by 2018 CWS President, Dr. Shili Lin, to engage students, promote future career opportunities in statistics and data science, and celebrate the contributions of women to these fields. Our vision is to inspire a diverse group of young people to become future leaders in data-related disciplines. Pre-college students (ages 13 and above) from around the world are encouraged to attend this one-day event offered at various time and places throughout the academic year, 2023-2024. Components of the day include trivia games, panels of professional and student speakers, hands-on activities, and networking. See for updates.