Student Award

Student Paper Award Competition ­

Section on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics

American Statistical Association

The Section on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics (SSGG) of the American Statistical Association is pleased to announce the 2024 Distinguished Student Paper Award Competition. Papers considered in this competition should contain methodological innovations and/or novel applications of statistical and computational methods to problems arising in genetics and genomics. Three to six awards will be given. 


Applicants for the SGG Student Paper Award must meet all of the following criteria at the time of submission:

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student at any level, or have received their degree in statistics, biostatistics, or related quantitative field in 2023.
  • Be a current member of SSGG.  The applicant can join SSGG at the time of submission.  Instructions on how to join are provided below.  Note that ASA membership does not automatically confer SSGG membership; ASA members must join individual sections in addition to generic membership.
  • Be first author of the paper and scheduled to present the same paper submitted for the award at the 2024 Joint Statistical Meeting (current scheduled to be held in Oregon, Portland) as either a talk, SPEED, or poster.
  • Have submitted the paper to no more than one other ASA section 2024 student or early-stage investigator competition. (Note that in the event a paper wins two awards, the author may only accept one of the two awards)
  • Have not previously won an SSGG student paper award.


Applications should include:

1. A cover letter including name, current affiliation and status including actual or intended date of graduation, and contact information (address, telephone, e-mail) of the applicant;

2. The paper submitted for the competition which should be up to 25 pages (double-spaced, 1-inch margins) including an abstract and references, but not including figures and tables. Figures and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript. No supplemental materials and appendices beyond the 25-page limit will be accepted.  Papers do not need to be anonymized.

3. A letter from the advisor who should certify student status (or completion of degree within the past year), and in the case of joint first-authorship, should indicate the fraction of the applicant's contribution to the paper.

All materials must be received by the Section by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) December 15, 2023. Winners will be notified by January 15, 2024. Applications must be submitted by email (as separate PDF files). For further information or to apply, please contact Ni Zhao, Chair of the SGG Distinguished Student Paper Award Committee with “SSGG Distinguished Student Paper Award” in the subject line.


For section members who are faculty or mentors, we would like to encourage you to become a section member, and please bring this to the attention of your students and encourage them to apply. Section members and friends are welcome to contribute funds towards the endowment for future student awards. Please contact Nancy Zhang at, for directions.


To become a SGG section member, please first become an ASA member by signing up at  If you are already an ASA member, there are two ways you can become an SGG section member: (1) call the ASA Headquarters at (703) 684-1221 and request the SGG section be added to your membership or (2) renew your ASA membership online via the ASA member only website and add the “Section on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics” when you are asked to "verify your Publications, Chapters, and Sections, making any necessary additions or removals.”