2023 Application

Submissions Invited For 2023 JSM Early Career Paper Awards

The Biometrics Section of the American Statistical Association invites submissions for early career paper awards. We will consider papers from two categories: Biometric Methodology and Biometric Practice. Papers in Biometric Methodology should propose novel statistical methodology addressing a problem relevant to the biosciences. Applications in Biometric Practice should demonstrate innovative applications of an existing method in a novel context, re-examine statistical practices from a new perspective, or propose innovative and practical data analysis strategies.

Travel awards in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding papers in each category to help cover conference expenses for the 2023 Joint Statistical Meetings. The best overall paper will be awarded the David P. Byar Early Career Award which commemorates the late David Byar, a biostatistician who made significant contributions to the development and application of statistical methods and was esteemed as an exceptional mentor during his career at the National Cancer Institute. The winner of the Byar award will receive a $2,000 award.

All applicants for the early career awards must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have held a doctorate in statistics, biostatistics, or a related quantitative field for three years or less as of May 2022, or be currently enrolled as a student. The committee encourages individuals with e.g., caretaking responsibilities, illness, and other considerations to apply and extend their eligibility by an additional year or more.
  • Be a current member of the Biometrics Section (applicant may join at the time of submission). Please note that membership in ASA does not automatically confer Section membership; ASA members must join individual sections in addition to their generic membership.
  • Be the first author of the paper. The paper may be unsubmitted, submitted or under review, but may not have already appeared in a journal either online or in print at the time of the application or have been accepted for publication as of December 15, 2022.
  • Be scheduled to present the same paper submitted for the Award at the 2023 Joint Statistical Meetings as either a talk or poster.
  • Have submitted the paper to no more than one other ASA section 2023 student or early career award competition. (Note that in the event of a paper winning two competitions, the author is permitted to accept only one of the two awards.)
  • Have not been a previous Byar award or Biometrics section paper award winner.

Applicants must submit their JSM abstracts to the Biometrics Section, which will organize a series of Topic Contributed sessions to highlight the awards winners.

Applicants should submit an anonymized copy of the paper (i.e., author names and institutions removed as well as any references within text to the authors prior work that is not anonymized). The paper must be a maximum of 25 double-spaced pages (with max of 25 lines per page, at least 1/2" margins and font size no smaller than 11pt) including references but not including tables and figures and submitted as a PDF. Appendices are not permitted and should not be included. Papers that are not within these restrictions will not be considered for an award.

Submissions must be submitted online by December 15, 2022. Questions should be sent to the 2023 Byar Award Chair, Sebastien Haneuse, shaneuse@hsph.harvard.edu.