Past Winners

The ASA SPAIG Award Winners and Their Citations

Year (from the most recent)   

SPAIG Awardee Partnership

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

For building a statistically sound and scientifically solid foundation for the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence and contributing to the statistical training of forensic practitioners and legal professionals.

  • Key Contributors:
  1. Susan Ballou, NIST
  2. Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University
  3. William F. Eddy, Carnegie Mellon University
  4. Charless Fowlkes, University of California, Irvine
  5. Barbara Guttman, NIST
  6. Martin Herman, NIST
  7. Heike Hofmann, Iowa State University
  8. Hari Iyer, NIST
  9. Karen Kafadar, University of Virginia
  10. Steven Lund, NIST
  11. Hal S. Stern, University of California, Irvine
  12. William Thompson, University of California, Irvine
  13. Alan Zheng, NIST


The National Science Foundation-Census Research Network (NCRN)

For addressing methodological questions of interest to the federal statistical system and training future generations to design, conduct, analyze and report official statistics.

  • Key Contributors:

  1. Robert Groves (Georgetown University)
  2. Myron Gutmann (University of Colorado)
  3. Cheryl Eavey (National Science Foundation)
  4. Daniel Weinberg (DHW Consulting)
  5. Matthew D. Shapiro (on behalf of the University of Michigan)
  6. Bruce Spencer (on behalf of Northwestern University)
  7. Lars Vilhuber (on behalf of Cornell University)
  8. Jerome P. Reiter (on behalf of Duke University)
  9. Scott H. Holan (on behalf of University of Missouri)
  10. Kristin Olson (on behalf of University of Nebraska - Lincoln)
  11. William Eddy (on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University)
  12. David Folch (on behalf of University of Colorado/University of Tennessee)


The Laboratory of Analytical Sciences (LAS)

The Laboratory for Analytical Sciences has created a unique partnership to apply quantitative methodology and data science to improve national security. Led by the NSA and NCSU, it partners broadly across academia, industry, and government.

  • Key Contributors:

  1. Alyson Wilson (North Carolina State University)
  2. Michael Bender (Laboratory for Analytic Science)
  3. Forrest Allen (North Carolina State University)
  4. Kay Moore (Laboratory for Analytic Science)
  5. David Harris (Department of Defense)




Baylor University and Eli Lilly & Company 

In recognition of the shared vision and mutual support between Eli Lilly & Company and Baylor University in the creation of a partnership for the advancement of biopharmaceutical statistical research and the training of statistical sciences.

2011 Nationwide Center for Advance Customer Insights, Ohio State University, and Insights and Analytics Nationwide Insurance Company 

In recognition of the vision and support provided by the Nationwide Insurance Company to The Ohio State University in the creation of the Nationwide center for Advanced Customers Insights, a partnership for the enhancement of marketing and consumer behavior research.


Pfizer and Rutgers University

The Pfizer/Rutgers Partnership provides a formal mechanism for taking advantage of the complementary strengths of industry and academia involving education and research in Biopharmeutical Statistics. The partnership has its origin in the longstanding collaboration between Pfizer and Rutgers and in 2005 became a formal partnership. The partnership consists of four areas of interaction (i) Pfizer/Rutgers fellowship program (ii) Pfizer/Rutgers Colloquium series (iii) Summer Internships program at Pfizer for Rutgers students (iv) Research Collaboration program between Pfizer and Rutgers researchers. As a result of these interactions many refereed articles have been published and presented at international conferences, and Rutgers students who participated in the partnership and graduated from Rutgers have been hired by Pfizer and other Pharmaceutical companies. In summary, the Pfizer/Rutgers partnership has provided a framework that allows Pfizer and Rutgers to benefit from each other’s strengths and resources and has improved the education of students in Biopharmaceutical statistics.

2009  Iowa State University and Los Alamos National Laboratory 

Interaction between Iowa State University and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) began in 2000 when graduate students Ken Ryan and Norma Leyva-Estrada took internships at LANL. This partnership expanded in 2006 when Iowa State University received a Research Training Group (RTG) Grant from the National Science Foundation. With the RTG Grant funding from LANL and Iowa State University, the number of visits between LANL and Iowa State University has increased. More students are identifying research topics at LANL, more LANL statisticians are doing collaborative research with Iowa State faculty and more LANL statisticians are serving on student committees. All parties have benefitted from this increased interaction.  

2008  GlaxoSmithKline and North Carolina State University 

For an outstanding partnership, which has resulted in:

  • Excellent training, mentorship, and work experience for Masters and Ph.D. graduate students,

  • Collaborations leading to publications and dissertation research on problems of interest to industry statisticians,

  • Opportunities for financial support for hundreds of graduate students over the course of 25 years.  


University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and National Cancer Institute, National Center for Health Statistics, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and Information Management System 

  • Improved small area estimates for cancer risk factors and cancer screening behavior,

  • Improved mathematical analysis techniques of survey data for survey organizations,

  • Development of advanced techniques for combining results from multiple surveys that can be adapted to other surveys,

  • Obtaining publications and grant opportunities in a relatively new research areas for junior researchers.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute and National Center for Health Statistics 

For an outstanding statistical partnership, which has resulted in:

  • WPI students participating in summer internships and thesis writing opportunities,

  • NCHS statisticians helping students understand the public health survey system,

  • Joint authorship of journal papers on many difficult NCHS survey data problems, garnering an impressive list of publications for the statistics profession.


NISS Affiliates 

For collaborations among 27 academic institutions, 9 government agencies, and 15 corporations, which have resulted in:

  • Dissemination of advanced statistical methods to corporate and federal agencies,

  • Communication of applied problems generated by these organizations to academic researchers.


Temple University and Merck & Co. 

For an outstanding statistical partnership, which has resulted in:

  • The annual Merck-Temple Conference, a successful regional gathering of statisticians to consider and discuss current research topics of importance to biostatisticians and medical researchers,

  • A highly successful summer internship program at Merck Research Laboratories that lead to the identification of numerous research topics and award-winning Ph.D. dissertations,

  • Cooperative joint supervision of selective Ph.D. dissertations,

  • The funding of Merck employees pursuing Ph.D. degrees at Temple.

 2003 Harvard University and Schering-Plough Research Institute 

For an outstanding statistical partnership, which has resulted in:

  • The annual Harvard/Schering-Plough Workshop, a unique forum for discussing emerging topics in drug development,

  • Interdisciplinary visits between the two institutions to exchange and generate research ideas,

  • A summer intern program at Schering-Plough,

  • The funding of student training and faculty research at Harvard University. 

 2002 (Inception) Iowa State University, General Motors Corporation, and the Mayo Clinic

For an outstanding statistical partnership, which has resulted in:

  • Significant distance education and degree opportunities for General Motors and Mayo Clinic employees,

  • Consulting and research opportunities for Iowa State University faculty,

  • Improved statistical practice at General Motors and the Mayo Clinic,

  • Improvements in the Iowa State University curriculum for training students for industrial and biostatistical careers