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2 May 2016 110 views One Comment

Leading statistical groups create prestigious platform to recognize far-reaching contributions

INTERNATIONAL PRIZE LOGOThe music and entertainment industries have one, as do professions spanning the areas of international security, medicine, physics, and economics (just to name a few). Now, the field of statistics has an award of its own—the biannual International Prize in Statistics—recognizing a significant achievement by an individual or team in statistics.

A joint effort created by five international statistical societies—American Statistical Association, International Biometric Society, International Statistical Institute, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Royal Statistical Society—the International Prize in Statistics also raises awareness of the invaluable role that statistics, data analysis, probability, and the understanding of uncertainty play in science, technology, human welfare, and the overall advancement of society.

The winner will be announced this October, and the award of $75,000 will be presented at the ISI World Statistics Congress in July 2017.

“Statisticians throughout the world actively work behind the scenes growing regional economies, identifying migration patterns, pinpointing causes of public health epidemics, expanding the food supply, creating environmentally friendly waste management operations, saving endangered species, and developing safer transportation and infrastructure systems. The work statisticians do has the power to transform the world around us, and yet they do not receive the global recognition that is so well-deserved,” said Ron Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association. “As the global population is estimated to exceed 11 billion in the next century, and the anticipated demand for Big Data experts will create more than four million jobs globally, it is imperative that an international platform exist to honor the dynamic and data-driven professionals of our field whose contributions advance society.”

The International Prize in Statistics is also on Twitter. Follow @StatsPrize to keep up with the global award.

While the impact statistics has on our daily life is a lasting one, the nomination period won’t be. Submissions must be received by August 15, so don’t delay in applying or nominating a worthy candidate. The winner will be announced this October, and the award of $75,000 will be presented at the ISI World Statistics Congress in July 2017. Visit statprize.org for nomination requirements and details.

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