Award Description

2024 Student Paper Award Competition

The Section on Risk Analysis of the American Statistical Association is soliciting entries for a student paper competition for the 2024 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Up to three awards carrying a cash prize of $600 each will be awarded, and two additional papers will get an honorable mention based on their ranking.  This competition is open to all full or part-time graduate and undergraduate students, attending an accredited academic program. The student must be a member of the Section on Risk Analysis or should join the section at the time of the paper submission. The contribution may be a theoretical development or may cover any of the numerous applications of risk analysis, including environmental risk, financial risk, the risk to engineering structures, health risks, risks to defense and national security, etc. Papers that have been accepted for publication are not eligible for the competition. Winners must present their work in a JSM 2024 session sponsored by the Section on Risk Analysis.

Entrants should submit the following:

  1. A list of authors and contact information (the student must be the first author).
  2. A double-spaced manuscript with author information (PDF-only).
  3. A blinded version of the manuscript in #2, which excludes author information or other identifying information (PDF-only).
  4. A reference letter from a faculty member familiar with the submitted work, stating the student status of the applicant and the publication status of the manuscript (PDF-only).

Manuscript format: The manuscript must include an abstract and can be up to 20 pages double spaced (excluding tables, figures, and references) in 12-point font. Tables figures and the references are to be listed at the end.

Manuscripts should be submitted via a web-form All entries must arrive by 12pm (noon) EST on December 15, 2023. Manuscripts will be judged by the Student Paper Award Committee, consisting of RAS officers based on relevance to the mission of the Section on Risk Analysis, as well as generalizability, novelty, statistical rigor, significance, and quality of presentation. The result will be announced by January 15, 2024. The winners will be required to submit their abstract to JSM by February 1, 2024.

Please direct questions to Alexander V. Alekseyenko, PhD, FAMIA, Chair of the Student Paper Award Committee, via email: