SSPA Accepting Nominations for New Award

The section on Statistical Programmers and Analysts (SSPA) is accepting nominations for its new Award for Innovations in Statistical Programming and Analytics (AISPA). This award recognizes teams and individuals who have developed or introduced enhancements to tools, software, and methodology for the solution to problems in statistical programming and analytics or have made large contributions to the community of statistical programmers and analysts. This award is not limited to senior members nor given only for career service. Instead, anyone who has made a considerable contribution within this domain may be nominated.

Nominees are encouraged to be members of SSPA, but it is not required. Each nominee (or at least one member of a nominated team) must be a current ASA member, however.

Presentation of the award will occur at JSM 2019 during the SSPA mixer. This includes a $300 honorarium (total) for all reward recipients and a framed citation for each recipient. The SSPA will also host a webinar given by the recipient(s) on a subject of their choosing. Travel to JSM is not required to receive the award, and the award can be presented to an appointed representative of the team or sent to the team by mail. Travel expenses will not be covered.

The recipients of AISPA will be determined by an awards committee of current and former SSPA officers. Selection criteria is determined by the significance of the candidate’s contribution to the following categories:

  • Improvement in software tools for statistical programming and analytics
  • Methodology to improve the efficiency of statistical programming and analytics
  • Outstanding contributions to the community of statistical programmers and analysts

Email questions and nominations to by May 15, 2019, with a nomination letter addressing the three selection criteria, the CV(s) of the nominee(s), and no more than four supporting letters.