2019 Student Travel Awards

 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association

Student Travel Awards for the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings in Denver, CO

Are you (or do you know) a graduate or undergraduate student who is planning to give a presentation at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Denver, the capital of Colorado? The conference will be held from July 27th to August 1st, 2019.  (http://ww2.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2019/)


The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA) is soliciting applications for Student Travel Awards to JSM 2019.


Up to six Student Travel Awards for current graduate and undergraduate students (receiving degrees May 2019 or later) will be issued to cover up to $1000 in travel expenses to the 2019 JSM.  In the last 10 years, more than 30 awards have been given to the qualified students!


Applicants must be:

  1. Current members of the ASA (http://www.amstat.org/membership/index.cfm).
  2. Current full-time graduate or undergraduate students in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a related discipline, graduating May 2019 or later from a university in the greater San Francisco Bay area.
  3. Presenting a paper (oral or poster) at the 2019 JSM as an author.



Applicants should e-mail the following documents to the Chapter President-Elect - Dr. Ron Yu (sfasa.jsm2019@gmail.com) by March 1st, 2019 (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time):

  1. One-page essay describing:
  2. ASA membership status at the time of submitting the Student Travel award application.
  3. Reasons for attending JSM and for requesting the Student Travel Award.
  4. Amount requested (up to $1000) and allocation (e.g., airfare, hotel, registration).
  5. Current contact information, including how you can be reached during the summer.
  6. An abstract of the paper or poster you are presenting along with the information of the co-authors, the date and time of your presentation.
  7. A letter from your advisor or Department Chair confirming your current graduate or undergraduate student status.


Successful applicants are expected to present their work at a meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the ASA in early June 2019. Each speaker will give a 20-minute oral presentation.


Review Process

A committee of the Chapter Presidents (Past, Current, and Elect) and Chapter Treasurer will review the applications and select the winners. Winners will be announced on the chapter website (www.sfasa.org) and notified by telephone or email or both by April 1st, 2019. 

Note: The winners should acknowledge The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter travel support at the end of their presentations at the JSM.



 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Statistical Association

Student Travel Awards for the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings in Denver, CO

Comments from 2011 Recipient:


Aida Yazdanparast and Tony Tran of CSUEB were among the 2011 recipients of student travel awards.  Their poster won 3rd prize in the statistical graphics competition in JSM 2011.


“Thank you for your support.  It was a very wonderful experience. ……Thank you very much for providing us the travel award.” Aida Yazdanparast, CSUEB, MS student


Comments from 2009 Recipients:

Attending JSM can provide a variety of valuable experiences. One can network with professionals and academics in areas of interest and attend talks (and fee-based short courses) on cutting-edge statistics/biostatistics technology:

“My JSM experience was awesome! Attending JSM provides a wonderful opportunity to see what is happening at the cutting edge of our field. I networked with many people and retained contacts, attended many interesting talks, and learned about new application areas and statistical methods. Presenting my work at JSM provided me with ideas for expanding it in the future. I would recommend attending JSM to anyone interested in statistics.” Vadim Bichutskiy, CSU EB, MS 2011

Additionally, JSM provides networking in the marketplace and offers attendees the opportunity to check out industry positions:


“I met with 10 different companies and universities from all around the U.S. whom never would have flown me out for an interview had I not met them initially at the conference.  The mere meeting of the people at these companies and hearing about all the job opportunities was beneficial to me.  

I met with a Statistician at Baylor Health Care from whom I had the opportunity to find out about the health care industry. Being from the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry, I knew health care was different but did not know the magnitude of the difference. Baylor then flew me to Dallas for an interview after careful deliberation I accepted a job offer with them and have moved to Dallas, Texas. I truly do not believe this would have happened had I not gone to JSM.” Monica Anand, CSU EB MS 2009