[R] 2018 ASA Computing/Graphics: Chambers Software Award and Student Paper Competition

Yan, Jun jun.yan at uconn.edu
Wed Oct 18 12:37:19 CEST 2017

Dear R-help Listers,

The following two student competitions are of interests to the now many student R package developers. I'd appreciate your help in spreading them.

#1. John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award 2018

The Statistical Computing Section of the American Statistical
Association announces the competition for the John M. Chambers
Statistical Software Award. In 1998 the Association for Computing
Machinery (ACM) presented the ACM Software System Award to John
Chambers for the design and development of S. Dr. Chambers generously
donated his award to the Statistical Computing Section to endow an
annual prize for statistical software written by, or in collaboration
with, an undergraduate or graduate student. The prize carries with it
a cash award, which has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000 starting
from 2018. See http://stat-computing.org/awards/jmc/history.html for

the history of the award.

Both individuals and teams are eligible to participate in the
competition. To be eligible, at least one individual within the team
must have begun the development while a student and must either
currently be a student, or have completed all requirements for her/his
last degree after January 1, 2017. The award will be given to the
student, or split between student team members if the team consists of
multiple students, up to a maximum of three students. If the software
was created by a team, the contribution of the student(s) must be

To apply for the award, teams must provide the following materials:

Current CVs of all team members.

A letter from a faculty mentor at the academic institution of one of
the students. The letter should confirm that the student had
substantial participation in the development of the software, certify
her/his student status when the software began to be developed,
confirm that he/she is still a student (or provide a date of degree
completion), and briefly discuss the importance of the software to
statistical practice.

A brief, one to two page description of the software, summarizing what
it does, how it does it, and why it is an important contribution. If
any student team member has continued developing the software after
finishing her/his studies, the description should indicate what was
developed when the individual was a student and what has been added

An installable software package with its source code for use by the
award committee. It should be accompanied by enough information to
allow the judges to effectively use and evaluate the software
(including its design considerations). This information can be
provided in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: a user
manual, a manuscript, a URL, and online help to the system.

All materials must be in English. We prefer that electronic text be
submitted as PDF files. The entries will be judged on a variety of
dimensions, including the importance and relevance for statistical
practice of the tasks performed by the software, ease of use, clarity
of description, elegance and availability for use by the statistical
community. Preference will be given to those entries that are grounded
in software design rather than calculation. The decision of the award
committee is final.

All application materials MUST BE RECEIVED by 5:00pm EST, Friday,
December 15, 2017. The submission window will be open at
http://asa.stat.uconn.edu on December 1, 2017. Questions are to be

emailed to Professor Jun Yan.

#2. Student Paper Competition 2018

The Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics Sections of the ASA
are co-sponsoring a student paper competition on the topics of
Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics. Students are
encouraged to submit a paper in one of these areas, which might be
original methodological research, some novel computing or graphical
application in statistics, or any other suitable contribution (for
example, a software-related project). The selected winners will
present their papers in a topic-contributed session at the 2017 Joint
Statistical Meetings. The prize carries with it a cash award of

Anyone who is a student (graduate or undergraduate) on or after
September 1, 2017 is eligible to participate. An entry must include an
abstract, a six page manuscript (including figures, tables and
references; a two-column format is acceptable), blinded versions of
the abstract and manuscript (with no author names or other information
that easily identifies the authors), a CV, and a letter from a faculty
member familiar with the student's work. The applicant must be the
first author of the paper. The faculty letter must include a
verification of the applicant's student status and, in the case of
joint authorship, should indicate what fraction of the contribution is
attributable to the applicant. We prefer that electronic submissions
of papers consist of PDF files. All materials must be in English.

Students may submit papers to no more than two sections and may accept
only one section's award. Students must inform both sections applied
to when he or she wins and accepts an award, thereby removing the
student from the award competition for the second section.

All application materials MUST BE RECEIVED by 5:00 PM EST, Friday,
December 15, 2017. The submission window will be open at
http://asa.stat.uconn.edu on December 1, 2017. They will be reviewed

by the Student Paper Competition Award committee of the Statistical
Computing and Graphics Sections. The selection criteria used by the
committee will include innovation and significance of the contribution
as well as the professional quality of the manuscript. Award
announcements will be made by January 15th, 2018.

Additional important information on the competition may be found at
http://stat-computing.org/awards/student/faq.html and, for all ASA
sponsored student paper competitions Additional important information
on the competition may be found at
http://stat-computing.org/awards/student/faq.html and, for all ASA

sponsored student paper competitions, at

Jun Yan

Department of Statistics

University of Connecticut

jun.yan at uconn.edu

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