Byar Young Investigator Award Nominations

Do you know a young investigator who is planning to submit an abstract for the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings? If so, you may wish to alert that individual to the ASA Biometrics Section, which is seeking applications for the 2014 David P. Byar Young Investigator Award.

This annual award is given to a young investigator for best emerging work to be presented at JSM. It commemorates the late David Byar, a biostatistician who made significant contributions to the development and application of statistical methods and was esteemed as an exceptional mentor during his career at the National Cancer Institute. The winner will receive $1,500.

In addition to the Byar Award, the section may provide travel awards to the authors of other outstanding papers submitted to the competition.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have held a doctorate in statistics, biostatistics, or a related quantitative field for three or fewer years as of April 1 of the current year or be currently enrolled as a student in a doctoral program in statistics or biostatistics and in pursuit of a doctoral degree.
  • Be a current member of the Biometrics Section (applicants may join at the time of submission for a $5 annual membership fee [$3 for students]). Note that ASA membership does not automatically confer section membership.
  • Be first author of the paper. The paper may be unsubmitted, submitted, or under review, but may not have already appeared in a journal either online or in print at the time of the application or have been accepted for publication as of December 1.
  • Be scheduled to present the same paper submitted for the award at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings in in Boston, Massachusetts, as either a talk or poster.
  • Not have submitted the paper to more than one other ASA section 2014 student/young investigator award competition.

Applicants must submit their JSM abstracts to the Biometrics Section, which will organize a series of topic-contributed sessions to highlight the Byar award and travel awards winners. Applicants must submit the following materials by December 1:

  • A cover letter certifying that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements and has not submitted the paper to more than one other ASA section student/young investigator award competition
  • A current CV
  • One copy of the finished paper

All materials must be submitted electronically to Jianwen Cai, at . Finalists will be announced by January 15, 2014. An electronic submission system is being developed and the submission web address will be announced on the Biometrics Section’s website