Gottfried E. Noether Awards

Most Recent Winners

Noether Senior Scholar Award

Regina Liu

Regina Liu

Rutgers University

Noether Young Scholar Award

Anru Zhang

Anru Zhang

Duke University

About the Awards

The Noether awards were established in 1999 as a tribute to Gottfried Emanuel Noether, a leading scholar in nonparametric statistics with interests in research and teaching. Noether’s 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.

The Noether Senior Scholar Award is given each year to a distinguished senior researcher/teacher in nonparametric statistics, who delivers an invited lecture at the Joint Statistical Meetings the year they are selected. In addition, the honoree is presented with an engraved award and $5,000.

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 honoree is presented with an engraved award and $2,500 the year they are selected and delivers a lecture at the Joint Statistical Meetings the year of their 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 have had substantial, sustained impact on the subject, its practical applications, and its pedagogy.

The Noether Young Scholar is selected based on significant accomplishments in nonparametric statistics, interpreted broadly to include theory, methodology, and outstanding applications. Eligibility for this award is for those who obtained their PhD degree or an equivalent degree in the past six years.


The Noether Senior Scholar Award and the Noether Junior Scholar Award are presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings. Both honorees deliver invited lectures at the Joint Statistical Meetings during the year of their awards.

Nominations for both awards are due by January 15 and require the following:

  • Nominating letter
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Three letters of support – not to exceed two pages each
  • Candidate’s short bio
  • Candidate’s headshot

Note: for multi-authored publications, letters involving the Noether Junior Award should indicate the independent contributions made by the nominee


Please contact the committee chair.

Recent Award Recipients

Noether Senior Scholar
2020: Art Owen
2019: Michael R. Kosorok
2018: Jianqing Fan
2017: Hans-Georg Müeller
2016: Jane-Ling Wang
2015: Willem Rutger van Zwet
2014: Raymond J. Carroll
2013: Jayaram Sethuraman
2012: Joseph L. Gastwirth
2011: Jon A. Wellner

Noether Young Scholar
2020: Tracey Ke
2019: Matthew Reimherr
2018: Anirban Bhattacharya
2017: Eric B. Laber
2016: Jing Lei
2015: Han Liu
2014: Arnab Maity
2013: Yingying Fan
2012: Guang Cheng
2011: Ying Wei