Northwestern University’s Larry Hedges Named 2018 Yidan Prize Winner

World’s largest prize for education research honors first-generation college student

Northwestern University Professor Larry Hedges, a preeminent scholar and global heavyweight in education research, has been awarded the 2018 Yidan Prize, the world’s largest prize in education research.

The 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Research, which comes with $3.9 million in support, was announced by the Yidan Prize Foundation Saturday. It recognizes Hedges for his ground-breaking statistical methods for meta-analysis, which serve as a foundation for much of the rigorous, evidenced-based education policy around the globe.

Hedges is chair of the department of statistics at Northwestern and a professor of education and social policy, psychology, and medical social science. Among the most influential applied statisticians in the world, Hedges’ work allows policymakers, educators, and the public to see the evidence for “what works” in the field of education and makes it possible to take a scientific approach to improving education for future generations.

Sourced from Northwestern University’s press release.