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Alumnus Receives ASA Award

October 6, 2020

Citing his "outstanding contribution" to small area estimation, the theory and practice of Bayesian statistics as well has his "superb teaching and mentoring of Ph.D. students," UNC alumnus Dr. Malay Ghosh of the University of Florida has been awarded the Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Award by the American Statistical Association. Dr. Ghosh received his Ph.D. in Statistics in 1969, under the direction of Dr. P. K. Sen.

About the Award

The Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Award was established in 1964 to honor the memory and distinguished career of Samuel S. Wilks. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to statistics that carry on in the spirit of his work.

The Wilks Award includes an engraved award and two cash benefits: $500 is provided by Friends of the U.S. Army to honor Wilks’ contributions to Army research programs and $1,000 is provided by a fund created by Alexander M. Mood to honor Wilks’ teaching skill and life-long development of outstanding statisticians. This second award was established in 2008 at $1,000, but will increase by 3% annually.

More about this award can be found on the ASA website. Congratulations Malay!