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Section on Bayesian Statistical Science


Student Paper Competition/Travel Award to Attend Joint Statistical Meetings


For the list of this and previous year winners, click here.

2013 SBSS Student Paper Competition

The Section on Bayesian Statistical Science (SBSS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA) is pleased to sponsor a student paper competition for research on Bayesian methodology. Bayesian methodology may be broadly construed and includes applied, computational, or theoretical work. This paper competition is for completed research. A manuscript suitable for journal submission is required to enter the competition. Winners of the competition will receive partial support to attend the 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Montreal, Canada.


To be eligible for this award, the candidate must have been a full-time student (undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D.) on or after September 1, 2012. The candidate must be first author on the paper, and the advisor or other co-author will need to write a letter stating that the candidate had primary responsibility for the research and write-up. The candidate must be a member of SBSS (see here) or ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis). Those candidates who have previously received travel support from SBSS are not eligible to participate.

Application materials

The deadline for application is Dec. 15, 2012. The following materials are needed to enter the competition. Students are not required to first submit a contributed topics paper abstract to the 2012 JSM. Formal application should be made in electronic form to Professor Sudipto Banerjee (e-mail:, including:
* A curriculum vita.
* A letter from the major professor (advisor), verifying the student status of the candidate and briefly describing the candidate's role in the research and writing of the paper.
* The paper, including all tables, figures and appendices, as a single .pdf file.

Selection of winners

Papers will be reviewed by a committee determined by the officers of the SBSS. Criteria for selection will include, but are not limited to, novelty in theory/methods/applications, significance and potential impact of the research, and clarity of writing and presentation. Decisions of the committee are final, and will be announced in the Spring before the JSM. As noted on the ASA website , after the SBSS winners are selected, they will be notified by January 15, 2013.

NOTE: Winners of the SBSS student paper competition must submit abstracts and register for JSM by February 4, 2013 through the official JSM abstract submission system. It is required that winners of the student paper competion register for the conference and present a talk or poster under the auspices of the SBSS on the topic of their winning paper at JSM to get an award.


SBSS anticipates awarding several prizes in the competition. Prizes will consist of a certificate to be presented at the SBSS section meeting and partial support for attending the JSM. SBSS awarded 5 awards of $800/- each in 2012 and 7 awards of $600/- each in 2011. This year will be similar. The awards may be unable to cover the entirety of any winner's travel, so award winners may need to supplement the SBSS award with other funds.

NEW: SBSS is pleased to announce a new annual student paper award called the "Laplace Award". It will be for the "top" paper among the student travel award winners. The committee that picks the travel award winners will identify a single top student paper. The award will comprise a plaque plus $1000/- towards travel.

Last modified by Mayetri Gupta
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Aug 24, 2012