Joint Statistical Meetings

HPSS Sponsored Topic Contributed Sessions for JSM 2015

The Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) is now accepting topic-contributed session proposals for JSM 2015. The online submission link is:

 A topic-contributed session is planned in advance, by one or more organizers and includes speakers presenting on a shared common topic. Topic-contributed sessions can be in the form of:

  • Papers: Five participants (at least 3 paper presenters and a maximum of 2 discussants)
  • Panels: Three to six members providing commentary or a point of view on the panel topic.

    Note: The required number of participants listed above does not include the session chair.

    The deadline to submit proposals is January 15, 2015. Please note, not all proposed sessions will be accepted on the program. Organizers will be notified of the status of the proposed session by January 20, 2015. Detailed information for submitting a proposal is below. Please feel free to contact me at to discuss whether your proposal is of interest to HPSS. I look forward to hearing from you and reading your proposal.

Student Paper Competition

The Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA) cordially invites submissions to our student paper competition for the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Papers entered in the 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 student paper awards from two sections, 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, 2014.
  • Winners will be notified by January 15, 2015.
  • Competition winners must submit abstracts and register for JSM by February 2, 2015 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 from one section, thereby removing the student from the award competition for the other 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 Frank Yoon by 5 PM EST December 15, 2014.

For further information and to apply, please contact:

Frank Yoon (Program Chair-Elect, 2015)
Senior Statistician

Mathematica Policy Research