Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award

Most Recent Winner

Rayid Ghani

Rayid Ghani

The University of Chicago

For his work in statistical advocacy as director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at The University of Chicago and the founder and director of Data Science for Social Good.

About the Award

The Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award, established in 2002 by the Chicago Chapter, is named for Harry V. Roberts, an exemplar of statistical advocacy. It recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of those who have successfully advocated appropriate and effective uses of statistics and data-analytic approaches in business and the public sector. Additionally, the award recognizes the promotion of statistical reasoning by individuals who may or may not be statisticians.

The honoree receives an engraved award, $500, and paid travel expenses to a meeting of the Chicago Chapter.

Selection Criteria

Recipients are individuals whose advocacy efforts have inspired respect for data and the effective use of statistical reasoning in areas where such respect and use were lacking. They also have had a significant impact on an organization or sector.

Award Recipient Responsibilities

The award recipient is responsible for providing a current photograph and general personal information the year the award is presented. The American Statistical Association and the Chicago Chapter will use this information to publicize the award and prepare the check and award. Further, the recipient is expected to attend a Chicago Chapter meeting and make a presentation.


Nominations are due by February 15, and the award is given at a meeting of the Chicago Chapter. The honoree also will be recognized at the Joint Statistical Meetings.

Nominations should include the following:

  • Nominator’s name and contact information.
  • Biographical information for the nominee, as summarized in a CV, résumé, executive biography, or detailed career profile.
  • A nomination letter stating why the nominee is a suitable candidate for the award. As the nominee may not be a statistician, per se, information in the letter should include how they advocate for the appropriate and effective use of statistics and impact achieved through this advocacy.
  • (Optional) Name and contact information of an individual willing to support the nomination.
  • (Optional) In the spirit of information gathering, the committee would appreciate one or two sentences about how you choose to define advocacy.

Email nominations to awards@amstat.org.


Please contact the chair.

Recent Award Recipients

2016: Davina P. Durgana
2013: Roger Hoerl
2009: Avinash Kaushik