Student Awards

Students in the Department of Statistics are eligible for several awards for academic excellence.

The Washington Statistical Society Outstanding Graduate Student Award

This award is presented by the Washington Statistical Society to the outstanding full-time graduate student of statistics at each university in the Washington D.C.-metropolitan area with a graduate statistics program.

All current full-time graduate students in the MS or PhD programs are eligible. Graduation in the current year is not required. The award is made by vote of the Department of Statistics faculty.

The award is presented at the annual banquet of the Washington Statistical Society. The recipient is also presented with a one-year membership in the American Statistical Association and the Washington Statistical Society.

Distinguished Academic Achievement, PhD Program

This award is presented each year to the outstanding student graduating in the statistical science PhD program. The award is determined by a committee that evaluates the scope and quality of the doctoral dissertations successfully defended between January and December of the prior year.

Distinguished Service and Leadership, PhD Program

This award is presented of each year to the graduate student in the PhD in statistical science program displaying leadership and service to the Department and the wider community. All students enrolled in our PhD program in the current year are eligible. The award is determined by vote of the Department of Statistics faculty.

Distinguished Academic Achievement, MS programs

This award is presented of each year to the outstanding graduate student in the MS in statistical science program. All students in the MS program who graduated since August of the previous year are eligible. The award is determined by vote of the Department of Statistics faculty with primary consideration given to academic performance as measured by GPA.

Distinguished Service and Leadership, MS Programs

This award is presented of each year to the graduate student in the MS in statistical science or biostatistics program displaying leadership and service to the Department and the wider community. All students enrolled in our two MS programs in the current year are eligible. The award is determined by vote of the Department of Statistics faculty.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

One award annually for a supported graduate student who has provided exemplary service in performing teaching assistant duties for the department.

Distinguished Academic Achievement, BS Program

This award is presented of each year to the outstanding undergraduate student in the BS in statistics program. All students in the BS program who graduated since August of the previous year are eligible. The award is determined by vote of the Department of Statistics faculty with primary consideration given to academic performance as measured by GPA.

Distinguished Service and Leadership, BS Program

This award is presented of each year to the undergraduate student in the BS program displaying leadership and service to the Department and the wider community. All students enrolled in our BS program in the current year are eligible. The award is determined by vote of the Department of Statistics faculty.

Department of Statistics Chair’s Award for Academic Excellence

This award was established in 2000 by former chair Richard Bolstein to recognize academic excellence of students in our master's degree programs. Selection is made by the chairman after consultation with the faculty. All students enrolled in the department’s graduate programs who graduated since August of the previous year are eligible.