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The ASA Sections of Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics have established the Statistical Computing and Graphics Award to recognize an individual or team for innovation in computing, software, or graphics that has had a great impact on statistical practice or research. Typically, awards are granted bi-annually.
The prize carries with it a cash award of $5,000 plus an allowance of up to $1,000 for travel to the annual Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) where the award will be presented.
This award is given annually to up to four graduate students working in the area of Statistical Computing or Graphics. The papers submitted to this competition are meant to be largely the work of the student, and hence we require that they be the first author. The paper should involve some aspect of Statistical Computing, which might be original methodological research, a novel application, or a software-related project. Each year, the winners are invited to present their papers at a special contributed session at the Joint Statistical Meetings, and the Section gives them a grant towards their attendance expenses. The competition is open to applicants who are students in the fall of the year prior to the competition.
The current call for papers includes more details about where to send papers and the important dates. We have also made a list of responses to frequently asked questions about the award process. The latest winners and their papers are also available.
In 1998 the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) presented its Software System Award to John Chambers for the design and development of S. The award included a prize of $10,000, which Dr. Chambers generously donated to the Statistical Computing Section to endow an annual prize for student statistical software. The prize carries with it a cash award of $1000.
The award is given for the development and implementation of computational tools for the statistical profession by a graduate or undergraduate student. Read about the most recent winners and their projects. You can also read more about the ACM Award that led to Dr. Chambers' generous endowment.
The Statistical Computing Section presents an award for the best presentation of a contributed paper. The paper must have been submitted to the Joint Statistical Meetings through the Computing Section, and judging is based on audience ballots. The winner of the presentation award will receive a plaque and a small cash award at the following year's Joint Statistical Meetings.