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John Chambers Award

John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award 2019

The Statistical Computing Section of the American Statistical Association announces the competition for the John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award. In 1998 the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) presented the ACM Software System Award to John Chambers for the design and development of S. Dr. Chambers generously donated his award to the Statistical Computing Section to endow an annual prize for statistical software written by, or in collaboration with, an undergraduate or graduate student. The prize carries with it a cash award, which has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000 starting from 2018. See for the history of the award.

Both individuals and teams are eligible to participate in the competition. To be eligible, at least one individual within the team must have begun the development while a student and must either currently be a student, or have completed all requirements for her/his last degree after January 1, 2018. The award will be given to the student, or split between student team members if the team consists of multiple students, up to a maximum of three students. If the software was created by a team, the contribution of the student(s) must be substantial.

To apply for the award, teams must provide the following materials:

  • Current CVs of all team members.

  • A letter from a faculty mentor at the academic institution of one of the students. The letter should confirm that the student had substantial participation in the development of the software, certify her/his student status when the software began to be developed, confirm that he/she is still a student (or provide a date of degree completion), and briefly discuss the importance of the software to statistical practice.

  • A brief, one to two page description of the software, summarizing what it does, how it does it, and why it is an important contribution. If any student team member has continued developing the software after finishing her/his studies, the description should indicate what was developed when the individual was a student and what has been added since.

  • An installable software package with its source code for use by the award committee. It should be accompanied by enough information to allow the judges to effectively use and evaluate the software (including its design considerations). This information can be provided in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: a user manual, a manuscript, a URL, and online help to the system.

All materials must be in English. We prefer that electronic text be submitted as PDF files. The entries will be judged on a variety of dimensions, including the importance and relevance for statistical practice of the tasks performed by the software, ease of use, clarity of description, elegance and availability for use by the statistical community. Preference will be given to those entries that are grounded in software design rather than calculation. The decision of the award committee is final.

All application materials must be received by 5:00pm EST, Friday, December 15, 2018. The submission window will be open at on December 1, 2018. Questions are to be emailed to Professor Jun Yan.

Jun Yan
University of Connecticut

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