Student Paper Competition

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2024 Biopharmaceutical Student Paper Awards. These awards are presented annually during the Biopharmaceutical Section open business meeting to be held at the 2024 Joint Statistical Meetings in Portland, Oregon. Winners will present their paper in one of the contributed paper sessions at JSM and are encouraged to attend the section’s business meeting to receive their awards in person. The awards will be $2000 for 1st place, $1500 for 2nd place, and $1000 for 3rd place. Honorable mention awards ($500) may also be given at the discretion of the Student Paper committee.

Student research papers with statistical content applicable to the biopharmaceutical arena are eligible for consideration. Submissions are judged for clarity, contribution to statistics, and biopharmaceutical applicability. Suitable topics include methodologies in preclinical and clinical trials, epidemiology studies of medical products safety, genetic studies predicting clinical intervention response, laboratory and toxicological data analyses, data science and analytics, methods for high-dimensional data from high-throughput screening, and nonlinear pharmacokinetic modeling.

Both a complete paper and a “blinded” paper should be submitted electronically in pdf format by December 1, 2023. The submission email should contain the name, school, and contact information of the student.

In the blinded version, the student’s name and affiliation/school should not appear and names for references should not be included in the text (numbers for references should be mentioned in text; names should appear on reference page only). References that would unblind a reviewer to the student’s name or the student’s advisor/collaborator should be removed and replaced with “reference removed.”

The length of the student paper should not exceed 20 pages of double-spaced text with no more than five additional pages of appendices (25 pages maximum). Because of the volume of submissions received, the length limitation will be strictly enforced. Consider a manuscript style for the paper to facilitate publication in the proceedings for JSM or another appropriate journal.

Papers must be submitted no later than one year after graduation and reflect research completed while a student. The papers should not have appeared in a journal at submission. Submissions should be labeled “Biopharmaceutical Section Student Paper Submission” and sent to  Bo Huang(, Biopharmaceutical Section JSM 2024 program chair. In addition to submitting a paper for judging, winners also must submit an abstract of the work as a contributed paper for JSM. All participants will be notified prior to the abstract submission deadline as to whether they have won or not. Requirements for contributed paper submission must be followed in addition to those for the student paper submission.