2019 SSC Awards: Call for nominations

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Nominations for the 2019 SSC awards - Gold Medal, Honorary Member, Impact in Applied and Collaborative Work, Distinguished Service and Pierre Robillard Award – must be received on or before January 31, 2019. The deadline for nominations for the Fisher Lectureship and the Florence N. David Award is December 15, 2018 and the deadline for nominations for the COPSS Presidents’ Award and the Snedecor Award is January 15, 2019.
 

SSC GOLD MEDAL

The Gold Medal of the SSC is awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions to statistics, or to probability, either to mathematical developments or in applied work. The Gold Medal is intended to honour current leaders in their fields and is normally expected to be awarded to someone still active in research. The recipient should be Canadian or a permanent resident of Canada, and must have made high quality research contributions to the statistical sciences in Canada. A recipient of the Gold Medal must be a member of the SSC. A nomination consists of a recent curriculum vitæ, at least four letters of support, and a suggested citation to accompany the award. A nomination is effective for three successive competitions and may be updated annually. View all previous winners here.
 

SSC HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

Honorary Membership in the SSC is intended to honour a probabilist or a statistician or, in special circumstances another individual, who has made exceptional contributions to the development of the discipline. Nominations are open to people whose work was done primarily in Canada or who had a major impact in this country. Membership in the SSC is not a prerequisite. A nomination consists of a recent curriculum vitæ, at least one letter of support, and a suggested citation to accompany the award. View all previous winners here.
 

SSC DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

The Distinguished Service Award is intended to honour a person who has contributed substantially and over a period of several years to the operation or welfare of the SSC. A nomination consists of a recent curriculum vitæ, at least three letters of support (of which the nominator’s letter may be one), and a suggested citation to accompany the award. View all previous winners here.

Nominations for the three SSC awards - the Gold Medal, Honorary Member, and the Distinguished Service Award – must be received on or before January 31, 2019 by the Chair of the SSC Awards Committee, Jack Gambino.

Chair of the SSC Awards Committee
Jack Gambino
jack.gambino@gmail.com

 

AWARD FOR IMPACT IN APPLIED AND COLLABORATIVE WORK

The SSC Award for Impact in Applied and Collaborative Work is given to a Canadian or to someone residing in Canada, who is a member of the Society and who has made outstanding contributions in applied and collaborative work, the importance of which derives primarily from its relatively recent impact on a subject area outside of the statistical sciences, on an area of application or on an organization. 

The essential idea is that the award is for the impact of the work (not for its degree of technical sophistication, for example). The work should demonstrate the importance of the statistical sciences to other areas of endeavour and should include an intellectual contribution to statistical science motivated by the area of application. Areas in which a substantial contribution would qualify include: formulation of new statistical questions and ideas uniquely appropriate to the subject matter discipline or the organization; development and application of conceptually new approaches appropriate to the subject matter or the organization; new implementation of the best combination of techniques to solve important and difficult research problems in the applied discipline; development of statistical methods that answer a question in another field that could not have been answered adequately before; application of creative statistical thinking with demonstration of clear understanding of the science/ industry of the area of endeavour; establishment of the relative merits of alternative analytic approaches leading to guidelines useful to applied scientists in choosing among them. This list is intended to be examples of contributions and is not necessarily exhaustive. 

The nomination package should consist of a letter of nomination and at least three letters of support, a curriculum vitæ, a “layperson” description of the work and its impact expressed in terms that would be suitable for publicity purposes, and a citation suitable for public announcement of the award. The nomination package should also include at least two letters from non-statisticians representing the field or organization that has felt the impact of the work. The letters must address how the contributions have had a recent impact. Letters of recommendation from those not directly involved in the research are particularly encouraged. The onus is on the nominator(s) to explain the work and to provide evidence of its impact in support of the nomination. 
View All Previous Award Winners here.

Nominations must be received on or before January 31, 2019 by the Chair of the Committee, Carl Schwartz. Electronic submission with PDF files is preferred. 

Carl Schwartz, Chair of the Impact Award Committee
Statistics and Actuarial Science
Simon Fraser University
cschwarz@stat.sfu.ca

 

COPSS AWARDS

The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) sponsors a number of awards which are presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings. These awards are: the Presidents’ Award (“to a young member of the statistical community in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics”), the R. A. Fisher Lectureship (“to honour the contributions of Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher and the work of a present-day statistician”), the Elizabeth L. Scott Award (“to recognize an individual who exemplifies the contributions of Elizabeth L. Scott’s lifelong efforts to further the careers of women in academia”), the Florence N. David Award (“to recognize a female statistician who exemplifies the contributions of Florence Nightingale David”), and the George W. Snedecor Award (“to honour an individual who was instrumental in the development of statistical theory in biometry”). Note that the David and Snedecor Awards are given only in odd-numbered years, whereas the Scott Award is given only in even-numbered years. Also note that, for the COPSS Presidents’ Award, “eligible candidates either i) will be under 41 throughout the award calendar year, or ii) will be under age 46 throughout the award calendar year and will have received a terminal statistically-related degree no more than 12 years prior to that year.” For the first time, in 2019, the winner of the David award will also give a lecture at the JSM.

Members of the SSC are encouraged to nominate worthy candidates for these COPSS awards. The deadline for nominations for the Fisher Lectureship and the Florence N. David Award is December 15, 2018 and the deadline for nominations for the COPSS Presidents’ Award and the Snedecor Award is January 15, 2019.

For information concerning the nomination process and a list of previous winners, see here. For further information or assistance, contact Jack Gambino, jack.gambino@gmail.com

 

PIERRE ROBILLARD AWARD

The aim of the Pierre Robillard Award is to recognize the best PhD thesis defended at a Canadian university in a given year and written in the fields covered by The Canadian Journal of Statistics. The award consists of a certificate, a monetary prize, and a one-year membership in the SSC. The winner will be invited to give a talk based on the thesis at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society; assistance with expenses to attend the meeting may be provided. The winner will also be invited to submit a paper to The Canadian Journal of Statistics.

Submitted theses will be evaluated by a committee whose members are appointed by the President of the SSC; their decision will be final. Judging will take into account the originality of  the ideas and techniques, the possible applications and their treatment, and the potential impact on the statistical sciences. In any given year, no more than one winner will be selected; however, the committee may arrive at the conclusion that none of the submitted theses merits the award.

If accepted, the paper will be identified as being based on the thesis which won the 2018 Pierre Robillard Award; the names of the university and the thesis supervisor will be clearly indicated. The thesis supervisor could be co-author of the paper. The Pierre Robillard Award Committee Chair must receive the thesis and a nominating letter from the thesis supervisor by January 31, 2019.

It is imperative that the supervisors address the three criteria below in their letters:
   1. The originality of the ideas and techniques, as well as a description of the exact contribution of the student when the thesis is based on co-authored articles
   2. Possible applications and their treatment
   3. Potential impact on the statistical sciences.
In so doing, the supervisor may include excerpts of letters from external examiners. Complete letters from external examiners or referees will not be accepted. Official confirmation that the thesis has been defended in 2018 must also be provided. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged.

Submission Instructions
For electronic submission, the thesis should be in .pdf format. The thesis and covering letter can be emailed to the committee chair. The subject header of the electronic message should be “SSC Robillard Award Submission - StudentName” and the corresponding files should be named StudentName-thesis.pdf and StudentName-cover-letter.pdf, where “StudentName” is replaced with the name of the student being nominated. Alternately, the covering letter can give a website from which an electronic copy of the thesis can be downloaded. If the thesis has to be submitted in another electronic format or on paper, the Pierre Robillard Award Committee Chair must be contacted before submission. Entries should include e-mail addresses and phone numbers of both the supervisor and the student.

For a list of previous winners, see: here

Send thesis submissions for the Pierre Robillard Award to:
Gordon Hilton Fick
Chair, Pierre Robillard Award Committee
Department of Community Health Sciences
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
ghfick@ucalgary.ca

Friday, November 30, 2018

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