Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry, and Government (SPAIG) Award

Most Recent Winners

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Sanofi Pasteur

For addressing critical public health concerns on safety and efficacy of a dengue vaccine through development and application of novel statistical methods.

Key contributors:

Brenda L. Price, Fred Hutch/UW; Carlos DiazGranados; Sanofi Pasteur; Youyi Fong, Fred Hutch/UW; Peter B. Gilbert, Fred Hutch/UW; Ying Huang, Fred Hutch/UW; Michal Juraska, Fred Hutch/UW; Edith Langevin, Sanofi Pasteur; Tifany Machabert, Sanofi Pasteur; Zoe Moodie, Fred Hutch/UW; Stephen Savarino, Sanofi Pasteur; Saranya Sridhar, Sanofi Pasteur; Ming Zhu, Sanofi Pasteur

Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and MassMutual Financial Group

For fostering a diverse and inclusive community around statistics and data science that celebrates academic research, excellence in higher education, and innovative data-driven solutions.

Key contributors:

Benjamin Baumer, Smith College; Andrea S. Foulkes, Mount Holyoke College; Krista Gile, University of Massachusetts; Nicholas J. Horton, Amherst College; David Jensen, University of Massachusetts; Andrew McCallum, University of Massachusetts; Sears Merritt, MassMutual; Ethan Meyers, Hampshire College; Nick Reich, University of Massachusetts; Gareth Ross, MassMutual; Amy Wagaman, Amherst College

About the Award

The SPAIG Award was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding partnerships between academe, industry, and government organizations, as well as to promote new partnerships among these organizations. The award is sponsored by the SPAIG committee of the ASA and distinct from other ASA awards in that it recognizes outstanding collaborations between organizations, while recognizing key individual contributors.

Selection Criteria

Nominees must represent at least two of the organizations from academe, industry, or government. Also, their collaboration must have resulted in significant contributions to the statistical field with applications to real-world problems. Examples include publications, presentations at statistical conferences, exchange visits, support for graduate students, consulting jobs, grant support for faculty, and continuing education opportunities for statisticians outside of academe.


Nominations are due by March 1, and required information can be found on the sample preview.

Award Recipient Responsibilities

The award recipients are responsible for providing a current photograph and general personal information the year the award is presented. The American Statistical Association uses this information to publicize the award and prepare the certificate.


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Recent Award Recipients

2018: The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) & The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
2017: Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) & National Science Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau
2012: Baylor University and Eli Lilly & Company
2011: Nationwide Center for Advance Customer Insights, The Ohio State University, and Insights and Analytics Nationwide Insurance Company
2010: Pfizer Inc. and Rutgers University

Read about other recipients.