W. J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing

Most Recent Winners

Wodan Ling
Jiuyao Lu
Ni Zhao
Anju Lulla
Anna M. Plantinga
Weijia Fu
Angela Zhang
Hongjiao Liu
Hoseung Song

Zhigang Li
Jun Chen
Timothy W. Randolph
Wei Li A. Koay
James R. White
Lenore J. Launer
Anthony A. Fodor
Katie A. Meyer
Michael C. Wu

For their paper, ““Batch Effects Removal for Microbiome Data via Conditional Quantile Regression” in Nature Communications”

About the Award

The W. J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing was established in 1985 to recognize the authors of publications that make outstanding contributions to the design and/or analysis of interlaboratory tests or describe ingenious approaches to the planning and evaluation of data from such tests. Award recipients are presented with an engraved award and $1,000, which may be divided evenly among the recipients or, the award committee may recognize an additional $1,000 winner each year if they wish. The award is presented annually if, in the opinion of the awards committee, an eligible and worthy publication is nominated.

Selection Criteria

Interlaboratory tests, sometimes called collaborative studies or round robins, constitute a broad field of statistical activity in commercial, regulatory, and industrial practice. They are used in many disciplines for comparing results produced in different laboratories, determining consensus values, and assessing and developing test methods. Such studies are often interactive, with the goal of reducing discrepancies among results. Determination of consensus values may include work on reconciling dissimilarities of several contributory data-generating processes by accommodating them, as in analysis of multicenter clinical trials.

The W. J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing is bestowed upon distinguished individual(s) whose publications have appeared or been accepted for publication in English-language, professionally refereed journals or monograph series during the given year or the two preceding years.

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 uses this information to publicize the award and prepare the prize.


Nominations are due by February 15 and require the following:

  • Nominating letter - not to exceed two pages
  • Copy of the publication(s)
  • Candidate’s headshot


Please contact the committee chair.

Recent Award Recipients

2022: Roberta De Vito, Ruggero Bellio, Lorenza Trippa, Giovanni Parmigiani
2021: Jian Zhao, Thomas Mathew, Ionut Bebu
2020: Sebastian Weber, Andrew Gelman, Daniel Lee, Michael Betancourt, Aki Vehtari, Amy Racine-Poon
Xiangyu Luo and Yingying Wei
2018: Andrew L. Rukhin
2017: No winner chosen.

Past Recipients