Joint Statistical Meetings

HPSS Sponsored Topic Contributed Sessions for JSM 2013

Members of the Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) are invited to submit Topic Contributed Sessions to be sponsored by HPSS for the 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings in Montreal.

A Topic Contributed session must have exactly 5 speakers (or 4 speakers + 1 discussant; or 3 speakers + 2 discussants). 

A detailed description of Topic Contributed sessions for JSM 2013 is given at the website

Topic Contributed session proposals should include a session title and a brief abstract, the organizer's name, the names of the 5 speakers/discussants, and the titles of the talks. All proposals should be sent via e-mail to Ofer Harel, HPSS Program Chair for JSM 2013, at Although the website says that proposals may be submitted starting 12-3-2012, session organizers are encouraged to submit their proposals to Dr. Harel as soon as they are ready.

Proposed Topic Contributed sessions that are approved for sponsorship by HPSS should be submitted online, using the ASA web-based system, during the period from 12-3-2012 to 1-15-2013. The online submission process is as follows:

1) Click the grey box in the above website.

2) The ASA website will assign you a session number.

3) Tell your 5 speakers the session number.

4) Speakers then can submit their talks online during the longer time window 12-3-2012 to 2-4-2013. Each submission should include a title and abstract, using the assigned session number.

Student Paper Competition

The HPSS cordially invites submissions to the section's student paper competition. Papers entered in the Student Paper Competition should involve a methodological innovation or a creative application of statistical analysis to an issue in health policy. The student must be the first author on the paper if there are other co-authors. Current undergraduate or graduate students at any level, as well as those graduating in 2014 who wish to present research they conducted as students, are eligible to participate. Up to five prizes will be awarded. Each winner will be awarded an $800 (USD) check, a certificate, and a ticket to the Wednesday HPSS Speaker with Lunch roundtable. Students should follow ASA competition guidelines below. Winners, if applying for two awards, must notify both Sections if they accept an award from one and then remove themselves from consideration for the award of the other Section. 

The award for the HPSS student paper competition is an excellent opportunity for students to present their work and launch their professional careers. HPSS has received submissions of very high quality in previous years. If you have a teaching or mentoring role, please bring this to the attention of your students and encourage them to apply.

The following general policies and procedures apply to all ASA section competitions:

  • All materials must be received by the Section by December 15, 2013
  • Winners will be notified by January 15, 2014
  • Competition winners must submit abstracts and register for JSM by February 3, 2014 through the official JSM abstract submission system.
  • Competition winners must present their paper in a topic contributed session and no other session.
  • Competition winners must attend the HPSS Tuesday night business meeting/mixer in order to receive their awards.
  • Students may submit papers to no more than two sections and may accept only one section's award. Students must inform both sections applied to when he or she wins and accepts an award, thereby removing the student from the award competition for the second section.
  • Students planning to participate in section competitions must adhere to the eligibility, paper format, submission process, and other requirements of the sections to which they are applying.


Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter including name, current affiliation and status including actual or intended date of graduation, and contact information (address, telephone, e-mail) of the applicant;
  2. an abstract of up to 1200 characters;
  3. a draft paper; and
  4. a letter from the adviser certifying student status (or completion of degree within the past year).


Applications must be submitted by email (PDF files preferred) to Professor Yuanjia Wang ( by 5pm December 15, 2013.

For further information or to apply, contact:

Yuanjia Wang (Program Chair-Elect, 2014)
Associate Professor

Department of Biostatistics

Columbia University