Statistical Excellence Awards

Are you an early-career statistician with the ability to write data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If so, you are welcome to enter the 2018 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing. The competition is jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and forms part of the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards programme. The deadline is on 28th of May.

The competition runs until the end of May. Three finalists will be selected in June, with the winner announced in July at the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony. The winning article will be published in the October issue of Significance, and online at Runners-up may also be published online or in print at the editor’s discretion.

The winning author and runners-up will be invited to give presentations based on their articles at a special session of the Royal Statistical Society International Conference (3–6 September 2018 in Cardiff, Wales).

Main criteria

  • The competition is open to students currently studying for a degree, Master’s or PhD in statistics or related subjects; graduates whose last qualification in statistics or related subjects (whether degree, Master’s or PhD) was not more than five years ago;
  • The rules of entry are simple: submit  your best article, of between 1500 and 2500 words, on the subject of your choosing.

In past years, winning submissions have been based on original analyses produced specifically for the competition. This does take work, but it often results in a unique and compelling article. You can write about work you have done as part of your studies, or during your career, but if these articles draw on previously published work, you must ensure that the competition submission is sufficiently different in terms of style and structure. You can also write about the work of others, but this must be in the form of a critique or wider overview of a subject area.

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