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Software Award
individual had substantial
participation in the devel-
The Statistical Computing
opment of the software,
Previous Herriot Award Recipients
Section announces the
certify her/his student
competition for the John
status when the software
Joseph Waksberg (Westat)
M. Chambers Statistical
began to be developed
Monroe Sirken (NCHS)
Software Award. In
(and either the current
1998, the Association for
Constance Citro (CNStat)
student status or the date
Computing Machinery pre-
of degree completion), and
Roderick Harrison (U.S. Census Bureau)
sented its software system
briefly discuss the impor-
Clyde Tucker (BLS)
award to John Chambers
tance of the software to
Thomas Jabine (SSA, EIA, CNStat)
for the design and develop-
statistical practice.
ment of S. Chambers gener-
Donald Dillman (Washington
ously donated his award to
A brief, one- to two-page
State University)
the Statistical Computing
description of the soft-
Jeanne Griffith (OMB, NCES, NSF)
Section to endow an annual
ware, summarizing what
Daniel Weinberg (U.S. Census Bureau)
prize for statistical software
it does, how it does it, and
written by an undergradu-
why it is an important
David Banks (FDA, BTS, NIST)
ate or graduate student. The
contribution. If the team
Paula Schneider (U.S. Census Bureau)
prize carries with it an award
member competing for the
Robert E. Fay III (U.S. Census Bureau)
of $1,000 and a substan-
travel allowance has con-
tial allowance for travel to
tinued developing the soft-
Nathaniel Schenker (NCHS)
the annual Joint Statistical
ware after finishing her/
Nancy Kirkendall (EIA)
Meetings, where the award
his studies, the description
Elizabeth Martin (U.S. Census Bureau)
will be presented.
should indicate what was
Teams of up to three may
developed when the indi-
participate in the competi-
vidual was a student and
tion, with the cash award
what has been added since.
being split among them. Access to the software
The travel allowance will be by the award commit-
given to just one team mem- tee for their use on
ber, who will be presented inputs of their choosing.
Statistical Society also will A current vita for the
with the award during JSM. Access can consist of
host a seminar given by the nominee, including con-
To be eligible, the team must an executable file, web-
winner on a subject of his or tact information
have designed and imple- based access, macro code,
her choosing.
Both individual and
mented a piece of statistical or other appropriate
Nominations for the
group nominations may be
software. The individual form. Access should be
2009 award should contain
submitted. The committee
within the team indicated accompanied by enough
the following:
may consider nominations
to receive the travel allow- information to allow
A cover letter from the made for the 2008 award, but
ance must have begun the the judges to effectively
nominator that includes it encourages resubmission
development while a student use and evaluate the
references to specific of those nominations with
and must either currently be software (including its
examples of the nominee’s updated information.
a student or have completed design considerations).
contributions to innova- For more information,
all requirements for her or This information may be
tion in federal statistics contact Dwight Brock, chair
his last degree after January provided in a variety of
(These contributions of the 2009 Roger Herriot
1, 2007. To apply for the ways, including, but not
can be to methodology, Award Committee, at (301)
award, teams must provide limited to, a user manual
procedure, organization, 517-4026 or dwightbrock@
the following: (paper or electronic), a
administration, or other westat.com. Completed pack-
Current CVs of all team
paper, a URL, online
areas of federal statistics, ages must be received by April
members
help to the system, and
and need not have been 1, 2009. Electronic submis-
source code. In par-
made by or while a federal sions of a Microsoft Word
A letter from a faculty
ticular, the entrant must
employee.) document or PDF file are
mentor at the academic
be prepared to provide
institution of the indi-
Up to six additional letters
strongly encouraged. Please
complete source code for
vidual indicated to receive
of support that document
contact Brock if you need to
inspection by the com-
the travel award. The letter
how each contribution
make arrangements to fax or
mittee, if requested.
should confirm that the
demonstrates innovation
mail a nomination.
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