Each fall the Department awards two prizes.

  • The Z.W. Birnbaum award, instituted in 1986 in honor of our distinguished emeritus professor, recognizes the graduate student who gives the outstanding general exam during the past year.
  • The Dorothy M. Gilford teaching award, instituted in 1992, recognizes outstanding performance by a graduate teaching assistant during the past year.

Past recipients are:

Year Z.W. Birnbaum Recipient(s) Dorothy M. Gilford Teaching Award Recipient(s)
2016-2017 Qiyang Roy Han & Luca Weihs Anne Wagner
2015-2016 W. Chad Young Rebecca Ferrell & Alec Greaves-Tunnell
2014-2015 Jason Xu Corinne Jones & Kyle Lo
2013-2014 David Gerard Amrit Dhar
2012-2013 Roderick Theobald James Harmon & Laina Mercer
2011-2012 Bailey Fosdick Jonathan Azose
2010-2011 Dominique Perrault-Joncas Bailey Fosdick
2009-2010 Le Bao Roddy Theobald
2008-2009 Arseni Seregin & Will Kleiber Shaun White & Gail Potter
2007-2008 Roopesh Ranjan & Yanming Di Ryan Admiraal & Mark Wheldon
2006-2007 Larissa Stanberry Assaf Oron
2005-2006 Veronica Berrocal Linqiu Wu
2004-2005 Qunhua Li & Debashis Mondal Caroline Cutting & Albert Kim
2003-2004 Raphael Gottardo & Marloes Maathuis Amanda Cox & Krista Gile & J. McLean Sloughter
2002-2003 Fadoua Balabdaoui & Mathias Drton Veronica Berrocal
2001-2002 Amy Anderson & Solly Sieberts Rebecca Nugent
2000-2001 Shuguang Song Dana Coe & Kevin Connely
1999-2000 Daniela Golinelli Amy Anderson & Anton Westveld
1998-1999 Greg Ridgeway Erin Sullivan
1997-1998 Nilanjan Chatterjee Tracy Glass
1996-1997 Ying Zhang & Sylvain Sardy  
1995-1996 Chris Volinsky Ingo Ruczinski
1994-1995 Dean Billheimer Simon Byers
1993-1994 Wendy Meiring Craig Aumann
1992-1993 Geof Givens Chris Volinsky
1991-1992 Shili Lin Paul Nakayu
1990-1991 Jens Praestgaard  
1989-1990 James Hughes  
1988-1989 Michael Newton  
1987-1988 Charlie Geyer  
1985-1986 John Michalak  



Vladimir Minin won the 2007 Leonard J. Savage Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Applied Bayesian Methodology. The award is given by the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA).

Elizabeth Thompson - elected to the National Academy of Sciences. This is one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive and recognizes those who have made distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Elizabeth Thompson - awarded an MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) from NIH. Merit awards provide long-term support to investigators with impressive records of scientific achievement in research areas of special importance or promise.

Peter Guttorp - received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Statistical Association's Section on Statistics and the Environment. The award is in recognition of his innovative work on statistical methodology in environmental research, leadership in the development of environmetrics, and service to the profession.

Adrian Raftery - named IMS Fellow. He received the award for seminal contributions to Bayesian model selection and computation, demography, clustering and stochastic modeling, for influential and novel high-impact statistical applications, and for conscientious professional service.



Le Bao has received the highly prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. Le was ranked second among Chinese graduate students across all fields and all universities in the Western United States.

Jeff Eaton (undergraduate alumni) has been awarded the Dean's Medal for 2008 by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Donatello Telesca and Anton Westveld have won the ASA Section of Bayesian Statistical Science (SBSS) student paper competition.

Alex Lenkoski's poster "The mode oriented stochastic search for nondecomposable graphical models" won a "Best Poster" award at the Workshop in High Dimensional Bayesian Inference athe the University of Warwick on April 14th-16th, 2008.

Qunhua Li received a travel award to present a paper at the 2008 Bernoulli World Congress/IMS Annual Meeting in Singapore this summer.



Nilanjan Chatterjee was elected Fellow of the American Statistical Society.