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Gottfried E. Noether Awards


Gottfried E. Noether

The Noether Awards were established in 1999. As a tribute to Gottfried Emanuel Noether, who died on August 22, 1991, in Windham, Connecticut, his wife, Emiliana Noether, and daughter, Monica Noether, presented the American Statistical Association with an endowment fund to recognize distinguished researchers and teachers and to support research in the field of nonparametric statistics.

Noether was a leading scholar in nonparametric statistics with interests in research and teaching. He was head of the Department of Statistics at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, for 14 years. Before that, he was professor of mathematics and statistics at Boston University for 15 years. Noether was a Fellow of both the ASA and Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He served on the ASA Board of Directors from 1971 to 1973.

Two Noether Awards are given each year: a Senior Scholar Award and a Young Scholar Award. Both awards include a substantial monetary prize and plaque.

The Noether Senior Scholar Award is given each year to a distinguished senior researcher/teacher in nonparametric statistics. In addition to the award, the recipient delivers an invited lecture.

The Noether Young Scholar Award is given each year to an accomplished young researcher. This award is made to foster, encourage, and support both research and teaching in nonparametric statistics. The Noether Young Scholar will deliver an invited lecture the year after the award and be asked to report on research performed since receiving the award.


Selection Criteria


The Noether Award Committee selects the Noether Senior Scholar based on outstanding contributions to the theory, methodology and or novel applications to nonparametric statistics, interpreted broadly, that has had substantial, sustained impact on the subject, its practical applications and its pedagogy.

The Noether Young Scholar is awarded to a researcher who has the Ph.D. or equivalent degree within the past six years (in the present case, not before December 1, 2007) and has significant accomplishment in nonparametric statistics, interpreted broadly to include theory, methodology, and outstanding applications.


Important Dates


Nominations are due by December 15 each year. The award and lecture is presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings the following year.


How to Submit a Nomination


A nomination packet including a nominating letter, three supporting letters, and curriculum vitae should be sent to the ASA at pamela@amstat.org or 732 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.


Current Winners

Noether Senior Scholar Award
2013: Jayaram Sethuraman, Florida State University, for outstanding contributions to the theory,

Noether Young Scholar Award
2013: Yingying Fan, University of Southern, California, for outstanding early career contributions to nonparametric statistics.


Past Winners


Noether Senior Scholar Award

2012: Joseph L. Gastwirth, The George Washington University, for outstanding contributions to the theory, applications, and teaching of nonparametric statistics.
2011: Jon A. Wellner of the University of Washington for outstanding contributions to the theory, applications, and teaching of nonparametric statistics.
2010: To Jerome H. Friedman, Stanford University, for outstanding contributions to the theory, applications, and teaching of nonparametric statistics.
2009: To Grace Wahba of the University of Wisconsin for outstanding contributions to the theory and applications of nonparametric statistics.
2008: To Madan L. Puri of Indiana University for outstanding contributions to the theory and applications of nonparametric statistics.
2007: Peter Hall, University of Melbourne, “For outstanding contributions to the theory and applications of nonparametric statistics”.
2006: Bradley Efron, Stanford University
2005: Emanuel Parzen, Texas A&M University, "All Statistical Methods, Confidence Quantiles"
2004: Thomas P. Hettmansperger, Pennsylvania State University, "Nonparametrics and Mixture Models"
2003: Myles Hollander, Florida State University, "Nonparametric Methods in Reliability and Survival Analysis"
2002: Pranab K. Sen, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, "Biostochastics and Nonparametrics: Oranges and Apples?"
2001: Robert V Hogg, University of Iowa, "On Gottfried Noether's Fresh Approach to Statistics"
2000: Erich L. Lehmann, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, "Nonparametric Efficiency, Deficiency and Adaptation"

Noether Young Scholar Award

2012: Guang Cheng, Purdue University, for outstanding early career contributions to nonparametric statistics. 2011: Ying Wei of Columbia University for outstanding early career contributions to nonparametric statistics.
2010: Elizaveta Levina, University of Michigan, for outstanding early career contributions to nonparametric statistics.
2009: To Harrison Zhou of Yale University for outstanding early career contributions to nonparametric statistics.
2008: To Donglin Zeng of The University of North Carolina for outstanding early career contributions to nonparametric statistics.
2007: Davy Paindaveine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, “For outstanding early career contributions to nonparametric statistics”.
2006: Ciprian M. Crainiceanu
2005: Jeffrey S. Morris, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
2004: Gerda Claeskens, Universite catholique de Louvain, "Model Selection in Semiparametric Models"
2003: Yi Lin, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Component Selection and Smoothing in Smoothing Spline Analysis of Variance Models" (co-authored with Hao H. Zhang, North Carolina State University)
2002: Xihong Lin, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics, "Nonparametric and Semiparametric Regression for Clustered/Longitudinal Data Using Kernel and Spline Methods"
2001: Rafael A. Irizarry, Johns Hopkins, School of Hygiene & Public Health, "Choosing Smoothness Parameters for Smoothing Splines by Minimizing an Estimate of Risk"
2000: No Award