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2015 Student Paper Competition and Best Poster Competition
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2015 Student/Young Researcher Paper Competition

The Section on Risk Analysis of the American Statistical Association is soliciting entries for a student paper competition for the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings. Each year the section offers at least one student a travel award to defray costs for attendance and presentation of their work at the Joint Statistical Meetings. The travel awards are $1000 for the best paper and $750 for the second best paper. This competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students, full or part-time, attending an accredited academic program. The student must be a member of the Section on Risk Analysis or should join the section at the time of the paper submission. The work may be the development of new methodology in risk analysis or the application of existing risk methods in a novel way. The contribution may be a theoretical development or it may cover any of the numerous applications of risk analysis, including environmental risk, financial risk, risk to engineering structures, health risks, risks to defense and national security, etc. Papers that have been accepted for publication are not eligible for the competition. Winners of the award must present their work in a JSM session sponsored primarily by the Risk Analysis Section.

Entrants should submit the following:

  1. A list of authors and contact information (the student must be the first author).
  2. A double-spaced manuscript in two versions: a regular manuscript with author information and a blinded manuscript without author information or other identifying information (such as references). Both versions should include an abstract. There are no requirements concerning the minimum or maximum length of the manuscript, but conciseness is encouraged.
  3. A reference letter from a faculty member familiar with the submitted work, stating the student status of the applicant and the publication status of the manuscript.

Entries should be sent to Aleka Kapatou, Chair of the Student Paper Award Committee, via email at The email should include the two versions of the completed manuscript as attachments in PDF format (Word format will also be accepted, but PDF is preferred). All entries must arrive by midnight on December 15, 2014. Please include the words "Student Paper Award" in the subject line of the email. Manuscripts will be judged based on relevance and interest of the subject matter, the quality of writing, and of course the quality of the research itself. The result will be announced by January 15 and the winner(s) will be required to submit their abstract to JSM by midnight, February 2, 2015.

Students who are not selected for a Student Paper Award may participate in the Best Poster Competition by submitting a poster at the JSM for the Section on Risk Analysis. The award for the Best Poster Competition is $500. The best poster is selected at the JSM.

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Previous Awardees


WINNER: Steven Kim, University of California Irvine: A Diversity Index for Model Selection in the Estimation of Benchmark and Infectious Doses via Frequentist Model Averaging (with R. L. Kodell and H. Moon).

RUNNER UP: Beom Seuk Hwang (Ohio State University): Semiparametric Bayesian Joint Modeling of a Binary and Continuous Outcome with Applications in Toxicological Risk Assessment (with M. L. Pennell).


Trina Patel, Department of Biostatistics UCLA School of Public Health: Toxicity Profiling of Engineered Nanomaterials via Multivariate Dose Response Surface Modeling (with Donatello Telesca, Saji George, and André E. Nel).


Miguel de Carvalho, Ecole Polytechnique Fe'de'rale de Lausanne,Switzerland: Spectral Density Ratio Models for Multivariate Extremes (with A. C. Davison)

Matthew Wheeler, University of North Carolina and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Bayesian Monotonic Semi-parametric Benchmark Dose Analysis (with A. John Bailer).


Yan Sun was awarded $1000 as the section's Student/Young Research Paper award winner for 2010. Her manuscript was entitled "Regularization for Stationary Multivariate Time Series (with Xiaodong Lin). She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.


Ya-Hsiu Chuang, University of Pittsburgh Bayesian model averaging approach in health effect studies: Sensitivity analyses using PM10 and cardiopulmonary hospital admission in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, and simulated data (with Sati Mazumdar)

Tim van Erven, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Catching up faster by switching sooner: A prequential solution to the AIC-BIC dilemma (with Peter Gruenwald and Steven de Rooij)


Afisi Segun Ismaila, McMaster University
Comparison of Bayesian and Frequentist Approaches in Modeling Risk of Preterm Birth Near the Sydney Tar Ponds, Nova Scotia, Canada
(with Angelo Canty and Lehana Thabane)

Chengyong Tang, Iowa State University
Inference of Value at Risk for Dependent Financial Returns
(with Song Xi Chen and Chengyong Tang)


M. Brent McHenry, University of Pittsburgh
A Modified Estimator for the Cumulative Covariate Effect in Aalen's Additive Risk Model


Panagiotis Tsiamyrtzis, University of Minnesota
Statistical Analysis of Salmonellosis Outbreak Data

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