Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship

Most Recent Winners

Maria Jahja

Maria Jahja

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.

Claire Kelling

Claire Kelling

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.

Honorable Mentions

Emily Hector

Emily Hector

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.

Sierra Merkes

Sierra Merkes

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.

Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan

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.

Selection Criteria

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

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

Questions

Please contact the committee chair.

Recent Scholarship Recipients

2018: Trang Quynh Nguyen
2018: Kelsey Erin Grinde
2017: Julia Wrobel
2017: Michelle Pistner
2016: Claire McKay Bowen
2016: Robin Marie Dunn
2015: Sara Ann Stoudt
2015: Elizabeth Sweeney
2014: Samantha J. Taylor
2014: Laura B. Balzer
2013: Jessica Hwang
2013: Gina-Maria Pomann
2013: Daisy Phillips

Honorable Mentions

2018: Olivia Marie Angiuli
2018: Elizabeth C. Lorenzi
2018: Kayla Frisoli
2018: Shannon K. Gallagher
2018: Amanda S. Luby
2017: Gilia Patterson
2016: Jessica Lynn Gronsbell
2016: Kelly Renee Moran
2015: Meridith L. Bartley
2015: Kaitlyn Cook
2015: Jami Nishelle Jackson
2014: Amanda Mejia
2014: Shannon Gallagher
2014: Vivian Meng-Wang
2013: Anu Mishra
2013: Natalie Exner