The Survey Research Methods, Government Statistics, and Social Statistics Sections have held annual competitions for student and post-graduate papers. Competition winners present their papers at a topic-contributed session during the Joint Statistical Meetings. Applications are typically due in mid-December.
2023 Student Paper Competition Winners
Yuke Wang, Georgia State University; “Bayesian jackknife empirical likelihood-based inference for missing data and causal inference problems”
Rahul Singh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; "Causal Inference with Corrupted Data: Measurement Error, Missing Values, Discretization, and Differential Privacy"
Elizabeth Bersson, Duke University; "Optimal Conformal Prediction for Small Areas"
Yi Zhang, Harvard University; "Safe Policy Learning under Regression Discontinuity Designs with Multiple Cutoffs"
Melody Huang, University of California, Berkeley; "Sensitivity Analysis for Survey Weights"
2022 Student Paper Competition Winners
Olivier Binette, Duke University; “On the reliability of Multiple Systems Estimation for the Quantification of Modern Slavery”
Peter Gao, University of Washington; “Smoothed Model-Assisted Small Area Estimation”
Dae-Gyu Jang, Iowa State University; “A-Optimal Split Questionnaire Designs for Multivariate Continuous Variables”
Tamy Moraes Tsujimoto, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; “Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve for complex survey data”
Yibo Wang, University of Michigan; “Sample Size Estimation in Respondent-Driven Sampling”
2021 Student Paper Competition Winners
Yutao Liu, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; “Multifile Record Linkage and Duplicate Detection Via a Structured Prior for Partitions”
Neha Agarwala, University of Maryland; “Individual and Community-Level Risks for COVID-19 Mortality in the US”
Claire Kelling, Penn State; “Robust Bayesian Non-parametric Inference for Non-probability Samples: An attempt to Combine Sensor-based Records with Traditional Survey Data”
Eli Ben-Michael, Harvard University; “Varying Impacts of Letters of Recommendation on College Admissions: Approximate Balancing Weights for Subgroup Effects in Observational Studies”
Sheridan Lloyd Grant, University of Washington; “Refinement: Measuring Informativeness of Ratings in the Absence of a Gold Standard”
Yuzhou Chen, Southern Methodist University
Tuo Lin, University of California San Diego
Paul Parker, University of Missouri
Zhenbang Wang, George Mason University
2020 Student Paper Competition Winners
Serge Aleshin-Guendel, University of Washington; “Inference from Non-Random Samples Using Bayesian Machine Learning”
Sepideh Mosaferi, Iowa State University; “Transformed Fay-Herriot Model with Measurement Error in Covariates”
Ali Rafei, University of Michigan; “Robust Bayesian Non-parametric Inference for Non-probability Samples: An attempt to Combine Sensor-based Records with Traditional Survey Data”
Daniel Schwartz, University of Chicago; “An Overlooked Bias-Variance Tradeoff for Average Treatment Effects in Multisite Randomized Trials”
Adam Walder, Pennsylvania State University; “Privacy for Spatial Point Process Data”
2019 Student Paper Competition Winners
Joshua Bon, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Ballard, University of Queesland; Bernard Baffour, Australian National University "Polling Bias from Undecided Voters in Recent US Presidential Elections."
Marwah Soliman, University of Texas At Dallas; Yulia Gel, University of Texas at Dallas; Vyacheslav Lyubchich, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science "Complementing the Power of Deep Learning with Statistical Model Fusion: Probabilistic Forecasting of Influenza in Dallas County, Texas, USA."
Sharan Sharma, University of Michigan; Michael Elliott, University of Michigan " Predicting Interviewer Effects using Paradata."
Bikram Karmakar, University of Pennsylvania; Dylan Small, University of Pennsylvania; Paul Rosenbaum, University of Pennsylvania "Reinforced Designs for Observational Studies of Treatment Effects: Multiple Instruments Plus Control Groups as Evidence Factors."
Marco Benedetti, University of Michigan; Veronica J. Berrocal, University of Michigan " Accounting for Survey Design in Bayesian Disaggregation of Survey-based Areal Estimates of Proportions."
2018 Student Paper Competition Winners
Christina Saunders "A Classical Regression Framework for Mediation Analysis with Applications to Behavioral Science."
Jacqueline A Mauro, Carnegie Mellon University; Edward Kennedy, Carnegie Mellon University; Daniel Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University "Stochastic Interventions on Continuous Instruments:Estimating the Effects of Visitation on Recidivism."
Brendan McVeigh, Carnegie Mellon University; Jared S Murray, University of Texas at Austin "Practical Bayesian Inference for Record Linkage."
Bikram Karmakar, University of Pennsylvania; Dylan Small, University of Pennsylvania "Constructing Independent Evidence from Regression and Instrumental Variables with an Application to the Effect of Violent Conflict on Altruism and Risk Preference."
Luis Fernando Campos, Harvard University; "Bayesian Model-Assisted Estimation for Functional Data in Survey Sampling."
2017 Student Paper Competition Winners
Rachel Nethery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dale P. Sandler, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ; Shanshan Zhao, National Institute
of Environmental Health Sciences ; Lawrence S. Engel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; Richard K. Kwok, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences "A Joint Spatial Factor Analysis Model to Accommodate Data from Misaligned Nested Areal Units with Application to Louisiana Social Vulnerability"
Maricela Cruz, University of California, Irvine; Hernando Ombao, KAUST and UC Irvine ; Miriam Bender, University of California, Irvine "A Robust Interrupted Time Series Model for Analyzing Complex Healthcare Intervention Data"
María de los Angeles Resa Juárez, Columbia University; José R. Zubizarreta, Columbia University "Stable Balancing Weights for Marginal Structural Models"
Cristian Oliva, Colorado State University; Meyer, Colorado State University ; Jean Opsomer, Colorado State University "Checking Validity of Constrained Survey Estimators"
Claire McKay Bowen, University of Notre Dame; Fang Liu, University of Notre Dame "Comparative Study of Differentially Private Data Synthesis Methods"
2016 Student Paper Competition Winners
Raphael André Fraser, Medical College of Wisconsin; "Approximate Median Regression for Complex Survey Data With Skewed Response."
Katherine R. McLaughlin, University of California, Los Angeles; "Modeling Preferential Recruitment for Respondent-Driven Sampling."
Xu Qin, University of Chicago; "Analyzing Heterogeneous Causal Mediation Effects in Multi-Site Trials With Application to the National Job Corps Study."
Joshua Snoke, Penn State University; "General and Specific Utility Measures for Synthetic Data."
Jessica Wengrzik, Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences; "Motivated Underreporting and Response Propensity Do Persons Likely to Respond Give Better Answers to Filter and Eligibility Questions?"
2015 Student Paper Competition Winners
Peng Ding, Harvard University; "Randomization Inference for Treatment Effect Variation."
Maryclare Griffin, University of Washington; "Assessing Feasibility of Respondent Driven Sampling Using Pilot Data with an Application to Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults."
Jingchen Monika Hu, Duke University; "Dirichlet Process Mixture Models for Nested Unordered Categorical Data."
Dandan Liao, University of Maryland, College Park; "Adapting Threshold Regression to Analyzing Survival Data Collected in Complex Surveys."
Yenny Webb-Vargas, John Hopkins; "Applying Multiple Imputation for External Calibration to Propensity Score Analysis."
2014 Student Paper Competition Winners
Taylor Lewis, University of Maryland; "Testing for Phase Capacity in Surveys with Multiple Waves of Nonrespondent Follow-Up."
Kara Rudolph, Johns Hopkins University; Ivan Diaz, Michael Rosenblum, and Elizabeth Stuart "Estimating population treatment effects from a survey sub-sample."
Robert Ashmead, The Ohio State University; Bo Lu "Estimating Causal Effects using Stratification and Weighting Propensity Score Estimators with Complex Suvey Data."
Mauricio Sadinle, Carnegie Mellon University; "Detecting Duplicate Homicide Records Using a Bayesian Partitioning Model."
Shu Yang, Iowa State University; Jae Kwang Kim "Likelihood-based inference with missing data under missing-at-random."
2013 Student Paper Competition Winners
Audrey Beliveau, Simon Fraser University; "Aerial-Access Creel Survey with Incomplete Matching of Aerial and Access Components"
Jonah Deutsch, Harris School of Public Policy; "Using School Lotteries to Evaluate the Value-Added Model"
Julia Lee, Program in Survey Methodology, University of Michigan; "Enhancing Respondent Representativeness through External Benchmarks"
Hanzhi Zhou, Program in Survey Methodology, University of Michigan; "An Innovative Multiple Imputation Method to Accommodate Complex Sample Design Features"
Jose Zubizarreta, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; "Matching for Balance, Pairing for Heterogeneity in an Observational Study of Effectiveness of For-Profit and Not-For-Profit High Schools in Chile"
2012 Student Paper Competition Winners
Yung-Wei Chen, University of Connecticut; "Innovative Statistical Methods Applied to the Social Sciences"
Tracy Sweet, Carnegie Mellon University; "Innovative Methods for Education Research"
Rebecca Steorts, Carnegie Mellon University; "On Estimation of Mean Squared Errors of Benchmarked Empirical Bayes Estimators"
2010 Student Paper Competition Winners
Brady T. West, University of Michigan;
Qi Tang, University of Wisconsin Madison;
Jörg Drechsler, IAB;
Mauricio Sadinle, National University of Colombia at Bogotáu;
2009 Student Paper Competition Winners
Solange Corre, University of Southampton; "Bias corrections in multilevel modeling of survey data with applications to small area estimation"
Benmei Liu, University of Maryland, JPSM; "Adaptive hierarchical Bayes estimation of small-area proportion"
Jeremy Porter, Mississippi State University; "Using multivariate special statistics in the modeling of rate-based diffusion processes: an extension and replication of Cohen and Tita"
Santanu Pramanik, University of Maryland, JPSM; "The prior selection and approximations for the nested error regression model: estimation of finite population means for small area"
Hui Zhang, University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology; "Generalized ANOVA for concurrently modeling mean and variance within a longitudinal data setting"
2006 Student Paper Competition Winners Hukum Chandra, University of Southampton
Yan Li, Joint Program in Survey Methodology
Joel Hanson, University of California, Berkeley
Huilin Li, University of Maryland
Pushpal Mukhopadhyay, Iowa State University
2005 Student Paper Competition Winners
Gabriele Beissel-Durrant, University of Southampton
Kelly Dixon, Joint Program in Survey Methodology
Mike Kwanisai, The Pennsylvania State University
Marcel de Toledo Vieira, University of Southampton
Qingzhao Yu, The Ohio State University
2004 Student Paper Competition Winners Bidisha Mandal, The Ohio State University
Murthy N. Mittinty, University of Canterbury
Sujata Patil, University of Michigan
Nikolaos Tzavidis, University of Southampton
Yang Yang, Duke University
2003 Student Paper Competition Winners
Jessica Kohlschmidt, Ohio State University
Markus Prior, Stanford University and visiting fellow at Princeton University
Xiang Ling, Ohio State University
Guanglei Hong, University of Michigan
David Friedenberg, Miami University
2002 Student Paper Competition Winners
Robert Graham Clark, University of Wollongong, Australia
Kevin Helsin UCLA Dept. of Health Services
Chen Quin, Lam Ohio State University, Department of Statistics
Sunghee Lee University of Maryland Joint Program in Survey Methodology
Bo Lu University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Department of Statistics
2001 Student Paper Competition Winners
Kristin A. Blenk, Ohio State University
LinChiat Chang, Ohio State University
Jennifer Czuprynski, Stetson University
Ji-Yeon Kim, Iowa State University
Elizabeth Stuart, Harvard University
Stanislaw Kolenikov, University of North Carolina