Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship
Carnegie Mellon University
To Maria Jahja, Statistics PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University, for academic success, for multiple interdisciplinary research achievements that strengthen data-driven decision-making in areas including education, industry, medicine and public health, as evidenced by many publications, patents and awards, for contributions to STEM outreach to middle and high school students and for growing leadership activities in her local community.
The Pennsylvania State University
To Claire Kelling, for her extraordinary leadership and volunteerism in developing safe, supportive and educationally rich environments especially for girls and women, including participation in relevant state and national committees, for academic success in pursuit of a dual doctoral degree in Statistics and Social Data Analytics at Pennsylvania State University, and for promising independent research in spatial statistics related to criminology.
University of Michigan
To Emily Hector for academic achievement in pursuit of a PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, where her innovative research aims to advance distributed methods for analyzing big data, and for her volunteerism and leadership at multiple levels.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
To Sierra Merkes for academic achievement in pursuit of a PhD in Statistics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, successful independent interdisciplinary research in anomaly detection with applications in aerospace engineering and sports analytics, and commitment to youth mentoring.
Colorado School of Public Health
To Sarah Ryan for academic achievement in pursuit of a PhD in Biostatistics at the Colorado School of Public Health, biostatistical research advances related to image analysis, and exceptional leadership in her local statistical community.
About the Scholarship
The Cox Scholarship, sponsored by the ASA Committee on Women in Statistics and Caucus for Women in Statistics, was established in 1989 to encourage more women to enter statistically oriented professions.
Two scholarship recipients are selected each year: one to a woman in or entering the early stages of graduate training (MS or PhD) and one to a woman in a more advanced stage of training. Scholarship recipients receive a certificate and $1,000.
The committee also selects honorable mentions each year. Honorable mentions receive a certificate.
Application is limited to women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and who are admitted to full-time study in a graduate statistics program by July 1 of the award year. Women in or entering the early stages of graduate training (MS or PhD) are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications are due by February 23 and require the following:
- Candidate's CV
- Personal essay (minimum length one page, double-spaced)
- Three reference letters - not to exceed two pages each and saved as a .pdf file - are to be uploaded by the writer using this link. Instruct the reference writers to include the candidate's last name in the file name.
- All academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable)
- Candidate’s headshot
Please contact the committee chair.