Student Travel Award

Past SBSS Student Paper Competition Winners

2022 Student Paper Competition
The ASA Section on Bayesian Statistical Science (SBSS) is pleased to announce a student paper competition for research on Bayesian methodology, which may be broadly construed and includes applied, computational, or theoretical work. This paper competition is for completed research. A manuscript suitable for journal submission is required to enter the competition. The student paper may be unsubmitted, submitted or under review, but may not have already appeared in a journal/conference proceeding either online or in print at the time of application. Winners of the competition will receive partial support to attend the 2022 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Washington, DC. Details on the SBSS student paper competition are provided below. General principles for ASA student paper competitions apply.


To be eligible for this award, the candidate must have been a full-time student (undergraduate, master's, or Ph.D.) on or after September 1, 2021. The candidate must be first author on the paper, and the advisor must write a letter stating that the candidate had primary responsibility for the research and write-up. The candidate must be a member of SBSS or ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis). Students who have previously received travel support from SBSS are not eligible to participate.

Application deadline: Dec. 15, 2021 by 5pm EST.

To apply for the competition, please send an email to Huiyan Sang ( with the subject line "SBSS 2022 Student Paper Competition-applicant's name" and with the following attachments:

The applicant's CV.
A letter from the advisor verifying the student status of the candidate and briefly describing the candidate's role in the research and writing of the paper.
Two versions of the paper: 1) a paper in pdf including all author names and affiliations and 2) a blinded version in pdf without any author names and affiliations in the text or on the title page. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank. The paper must be double-spaced with at least 11-point font size and no longer than 28 pages including all figures, tables, and bibliography.

Selection of winners:

Papers will be reviewed by a committee determined by the officers of the SBSS. Criteria for selection will include, but are not limited to, novelty in theory/methods/applications, significance and potential impact of the research, and clarity of writing and presentation. Decisions of the committee are final.

Applicants will be notified by January 15, 2022. Winners of the SBSS student paper competition must submit abstracts and register for JSM by February 1, 2022 through the official JSM abstract submission system. To receive the award, winners must register for the conference and present a talk based on the submitted paper in a session reserved for the SBSS student paper competition. Those who are not selected as winners are encouraged to submit a contributed abstract to the JSM 2022.


SBSS anticipates awarding multiple travel awards in the amount of $800 to each student winner and one travel award in the amount of $1200 to the winner of the Laplace Award. All winners will also be presented with a certificate at the SBSS section meeting at JSM 2022.

Questions can be directed to the SBSS student paper award committee chair:

Huiyan Sang