Apply for the Annie T. Randall Innovator Award

The Annie T. Randall Innovator Award was established to recognize early-career statistical innovators across all job sectors with any level of educational attainment. The award was named in honor of pathbreaking Black female statistician Annie T. Randall for her pioneering career in government amid pervasive racial discrimination. Her powerful story and legacy in statistics serve as inspiration for future generations of trailblazers. Established in 2020 by the Biometrics Section, the award provides a $2,000 prize each year.

Selection Criteria

To be eligible, candidates should be in the early phase of their professional statistical careers. While no more than 10 years into their career is a guideline, career interruptions and transitions are not considered in this count. Committee members appreciate that nontraditional paths are common for trailblazers, so there is no firm cutoff for what is considered early phase. There are also no degree requirements for this award.

A personal statement or nomination letter should discuss how the candidate has pushed boundaries in statistics toward the betterment of the field and society, as well as how they embody Annie T. Randall’s tenacity and commitment to excellence. How the candidate meets the broad definition of early career described above should also be addressed in the personal statement or nomination letter.


Self-nominations or nominations by someone other than the candidate are welcome. Individuals from underrepresented and historically excluded groups in statistics are encouraged to apply. Submissions are due by March 15 and should include the following:

  • Candidate résumé or CV
  • Candidate personal statement or nomination letter (1–2 pages)

Members of the Annie T. Randall Innovator Award Committee will select the winner. Send nominations and any questions to award committee chair Sherri Rose.