Distinguished Achievement Awards Call for Nominations

2024 Call for Nominations: Distinguished Achievement Award and Early Investigator Award

The ASA Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR) is seeking nominations for the 2024 ENVR Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA) (formerly, Distinguished Achievement Medal) and the 2024 ENVR Early Investigator Award (EIA) (formerly called the Young Investigator Award). Both are given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of methods, issues, concepts, applications, and initiatives in environmental statistics. The section uses a broad definition of environmental statistics--from theoretical/foundational through applications and policy--and seeks to recognize the full range of activities that academic, governmental, and industrial statisticians and scientists study in statistics and the environment. Environmental statistics is interdisciplinary, and outstanding contributions may occur outside of traditional disciplinary niches.

To be eligible for a Distinguished Achievement Award, a nominee must (a) have made distinguished contributions to environmental statistics; (b) have been a member of ENVR for the three years prior to June 1, 2024, with current membership in ENVR; (c) have not received the award in a previous year; and (d) have received his/her terminal degree at least 15 years prior to the nomination deadline.

The Early Investigator Award is meant to encourage and recognize newer members of the environmental statistics community. To be eligible for the Early Investigator Award, a nominee must (a) have made outstanding contributions to environmental statistics and show potential for future distinction; (b) have been a member of ENVR for the year prior to June 1, 2024 with current membership in ENVR; (c) not have been a recipient of the Early Investigator Award from a previous year; (d) not have been awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award, and (e) have received her/his terminal degree within 12 years of the nomination year; for example, for nominations submitted for 2024, candidates should have received their degree in 2012 or later.

For both awards, the Committee considers only those members for whom nominations are submitted. Committee members do not offer nominations, but encourage ASA members to make a thorough search for good candidates.  Nominators and letter writers are limited to at most two letters of support between Distinguished Achievement and Young Investigator Awards per year.

For the 2024 competition, nomination materials must consist of the following:

  • A nomination letter featuring the nominee's contributions to environmental statistics including a draft citation statement of 50 words or less that concisely describes achievements for which the nominee is being nominated
  • A brief CV for the nominee, not exceeding five pages
  • At least one (1) and up to three (3) external letters of support (note: letter writers are limited to supporting just two candidates per year, total, for either the DAA or the EIA)
  • A clear statement for which of the two awards the nominee should be considered.

All nomination materials must be received by March 31, 2024 and should be submitted electronically as a PDF document (preferred) or a Word file.  Nominations from past years will not be considered unless they are formally resubmitted during 2024.  Submit nominations to Steve Sain by email to sainsr2@gmail.com.

Members of the ENVR Awards Committee will make the selection, and successful nominees will receive their award at the ENVR business meeting and reception during the Joint Statistical Meetings in Portland, Oregon. Questions regarding the award should be addressed to Steve Sain at the address listed above.