Our Recent Winners

2021 COPSS Award Winners


Presidents' Award

Jeffrey T. Leek, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

For influential work addressing high-dimensional data; for development of empirical tools for data science as a science with applications to meta-research, reproducibility, and replicability; for scaling (bio)statistics-centered data science education to millions of people worldwide; and for leveraging data science tools, educational technologies, and community partnerships to create economic opportunities in under-served communities.

Alicia Carriquiry

F.N. David Award

Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University

For being an outstanding role model for female and Latin American statisticians and for statisticians striving for scientific impact; for influential Bayesian, forensics, transportation, and nutrition research; for effective leadership of multidisciplinary groups; for extensive engagement in the National Academies and professional statistical societies; and for advocacy for female and early-career statisticians.

Wing Hung Wong

COPSS Distinguished Achievement Award and Lectureship

Wing Hung Wong, Stanford University

For his groundbreaking and fundamental contributions to statistical theory and applications, particularly in likelihood inference, Monte Carlo computation, Bayesian statistics,and computational biology.

David Dunson

George W. Snedecor Award

David Dunson, Duke University

For seminal and consequential advancements in the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of Bayesian modeling and inference; for significant contributions in high-dimensional statistical inference, nonparametric Bayesian modeling, and their wide-ranging applications in biomedical and natural science.

Past Winners


Rina Foygel Barber

Presidents' Award

Rina Foygel BarberUniversity of Chicago

For fundamental contributions to statistical sparsity and selective inference in high-dimensional problems, for the creative and novel knockoff filter to cope with correlated coefficients, for contributions to compressed sensing, the jackknife, and conformal predictive inference; for the encouragement and training of graduate and undergraduate students.


Amita Manatunga

Elizabeth L. Scott Award

Amita ManatungaEmory University

For her dedicated mentoring of the next generation of statisticians;  committed leadership in expanding statistical opportunities for women and minorities at the individual, institutional, and professional society levels; and excellence in biostatistical research.

Kathryn Roeder

COPSS Distinguished Achievement Award and Lectureship

Kathryn Roeder, Carnegie Mellon University

For outstanding contributions to statistical science in the areas of mixture models, semiparametric inference, and multiple testing, and to the development of statistical methods aimed at finding the genetic basis of human disease, including the development of powerful methods for discovering genes underlying psychiatric disorders such as autism.


Hadley Wickham

Presidents' Award

Hadley Wickham, RStudio

For influential work in statistical computing, visualization, graphics, and data analysis; for developing and implementing an impressively comprehensive computational infrastructure for data analysis through R software; for making statistical thinking and computing accessible to large audience; and for enhancing an appreciation for the important role of statistics among data scientists.

Susan S. Ellenberg

F.N. David Award

Susan S. EllenbergUniversity of Pennsylvania

For impactful leadership roles at the  NIH, FDA and the University of Pennsylvania developing and evaluating new methodologies and specialized approaches to improve the conduct of clinical trials; for influencing ethical practice and leading development of important regulatory policies; for leadership in setting standards for clinical trial data monitoring committees; for senior statistical leadership for many multicenter clinical research network clinical trials; for distinguished leadership in numerous professional societies and national and international committees addressing major public health challenges; and for serving as an exceptional academic role model for faculty and students. 

Paul Rosenbaum

R.A. Fisher Award

Paul R. Rosenbaum, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

For pioneering contributions to statistical methodology for observational studies, important applications of such methodology to health outcomes studies, lucid books on statistical principles and methodology for observational studies and excellent mentoring. 


George W. Snedecor Award

Sudipto BanerjeeUniversity of California, Los Angeles

For groundbreaking and fundamental work on Bayesian hierarchical modeling and the analysis of large spatial datasets; for significant contributions to the mapping of disease incidence in space and time, and the analysis of environmental exposures.



Presidents' Award

Richard J. Samworth, University of Cambridge

For fundamental contributions to nonparametric inference under shape constraints, nonparametric classification, high-dimensional variable selection and change point estimation; for many substantial contributions to the profession including editorial service, extensive service to statistical societies; and for the training and mentoring of junior researchers.


Elizabeth L. Scott Award

Bin Yu, University of California, Berkeley

For principled leadership in the international scientific community; for commitment and actions towards diversity, equity and inclusion; for consistently mentoring and encouraging women students and new researchers in statistics and data science; and for scientific contributions to statistical and machine learning methodology at the highest scholarly level.


R.A. Fisher Award

Susan A. Murphy, Harvard University

For scientific contributions to statistical theory and methods at the highest level and for fundamental advances in the innovative use of statistics to further behavioral and mental health research.

Watch the COPSS Awards and Fisher Lecture at JSM2018  (Webcasts)


Presidents' Award

Tyler J. VanderWeele, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

For fundamental contributions to causal inference and the understanding of causal mechanisms; for profound advancement of epidemiologic theory and methods and the application of statistics throughout medical and social sciences; and for excellent service to the profession including exceptional contributions to teaching, mentoring, and bridging many academic disciplines with statistics.


Florence N. David Award

Xihong Lin, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

For leadership and collaborative research in statistical genetics and bioinformatics; and for passion and dedication in mentoring students and young statisticians.


George W. Snedecor Award

Aurore Delaigle, University of Melbourne

For fundamental and groundbreaking contributions to the statistical theory of group testing of pooled laboratory samples, and for contributions to measurement error methods and density estimation.


R.A. Fisher Award

Robert E. Kass, Carnegie Mellon University

For ground-breaking contributions to several areas of statistics including use of differential geometry in statistical theory as well as theory and methodology of Bayesian inference; for strong commitment to the application of principled statistical thinking and modeling to problems in computational neuroscience; and for his strong dedication to training of students and users of statistics.

Watch the COPSS Awards and Fisher Lecture at JSM2017  (Webcasts)


R.A. Fisher Award

Alice S. Whittemore, Stanford University School of Medicine

For fundamental contributions to biostatistics and epidemiology, covering a wide range of topics from environmental risk assessment to genetic linkage analysis, genetic association studies and cancer epidemiology; for bringing her statistical and mathematical insight to bear on the collection and interpretation of scientific data; for her leadership in large consortia of cancer studies; and for being a role model for many young scientists.

E.L. Scott Award

Amanda L. GolbeckUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

For her outstanding efforts in enhancing the status of women and minorities, fostering new leadership opportunities for women and men, promoting diversity at all levels, and advocating for a more inclusive, open and supportive atmosphere in statistical sciences.

Presidents' Award

Nicolai Meinshausen, ETH Zurich

For fundamental and ingenious contributions to high-dimensional inference, variable selection, multiple testing, graphical models, machine learning and causal inference for heterogeneous data.


Watch the COPSS Awards and Fisher Lecture at JSM2016  (Webcasts)


G. W. Snedecor Award

Danyu Lin, University of North Carolina

For foundational contributions to the field of biometry, especially for semiparametric regression models with censored data. For influential research in genome-wide association studies  and next-generation sequencing studies. For steadfast service to the profession.

F.N. David Award

Francesca Dominici, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

For her premiere research in biostatistics and public health, including development of statistical methods for the analysis of large observational data with the ultimate goal of addressing important questions in environmental health science, health-related impacts of climate change, and public health; for her outstanding contribution to research on outdoor air pollution and health which has formed the critical basis for policies on air quality; for her leadership in multidisciplinary collaborations for policy relevant research and her commitment to scientific research at the highest level with studies designed to improve public health; and for being an insightful mentor and exemplary role model for future generations of statisticians, especially young women.

Presidents' Award

John D. Storey, Princeton University

For transformative and groundbreaking research on the theory, methods, and applications of inference methods, particularly significance testing applied to high-dimensional data analysis problems. For impactful development and application of statistics to modern biological and medical research.  For service to the field of statistics in interdisciplinary activities.

R.A. Fisher Award

Stephen E. Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University

For wide-ranging and highly influential contributions to the theory and practice of statistics; for fundamental advances in methodology, interpretation and computation in the analysis of categorical data; for broad-reaching contributions to statistical methods for sample surveys; for seminal work on record linkage, privacy and social network analysis; for outstanding and prolific service to the profession and to society; and for being a role model, advocate and mentor to young statisticians.

 Watch the COPSS Awards and Fisher Lecture at JSM2015  (Webcasts)



Fisher Award and Lecture

Grace Wahba, University of Wisconsin

For fundamental contributions to many areas of statistics, including time series, splines, smoothing, nonparametric statistics, likelihood estimation, density estimation, and to interdisciplinary areas including climatology, epidemiology, bioinformatics and machine learning. In particular, her work in reproducing kernel Hilbert space representation and generalized cross-validation have become standard practice in scientific research and industry.

Presidents' Award

Martin J. Wainwright, University of California, Berkeley

For fundamental and ground-breaking contributions to high-dimensional statistics, graphical modelling, machine learning, optimization and algorithms covering deep and elegant mathematical analysis, as well as new methodology with wide-ranging implications for numerous applications

E. L. Scott Award

Kathryn Chaloner, University of Iowa

For her commitment and success in developing programs to encourage and facilitate women to undertake careers in statistics; for extensive mentoring of women students and young faculty; for work to identify and remove inequities in employment for under-represented components of the profession; and for serving as a role model, balancing work and family while excelling as a teacher, researcher and academic administrator.