==== Announcing the Competition for the 2011 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians ==== The field of official statistics offers great challenges and opportunities. To encourage more young statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics, the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is sponsoring a competition for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician. In addition to the monetary prize, the winner will be invited to present the paper at one of the IAOS sessions at the 58th ISI World Statistics Congress in Dublin, Ireland, 21-26 August 2011.
We encourage submitters to address, and propose solutions to, pressing methodological or strategic issues in the area of official statistics at the national or international level. The paper must be ten or fewer pages in length, be submitted in English, and not have been previously presented in a public forum or published. An international panel will judge the papers based on the following criteria:
• Scientific and/or strategic merit; • Originality; • Applicability of ideas in statistical offices; and • Quality of the exposition.
The author or authors (maximum of three co-authors for a paper) of the best paper will be awarded:
• A cash prize valued at €1,500 (divided among co-authors if applicable); • An opportunity to present the paper at an IAOS session at the ISI World Congress, with airfare and hotel accommodation provided (for one author only in situations of co-authorship); • Two years of IAOS membership; • A certificate of award from the IAOS acknowledging success in this competition.
An invitation to attend the ISI World Statistics Congress in Dublin, Ireland will be issued in June 2011 once the competition results are known.
Prizes may also be awarded to those in second and third place:
• 2nd Place – A cash prize valued at €1000, 2 years of IAOS membership, and certificate; • 3rd Place – A cash prize valued at €500, 2 years of IAOS membership, and certificate.
The decision of the panel will be final. Prizes will only be awarded if papers of significant quality are submitted. To be eligible, authors (and co-authors) must:
• Be under the age of 35 on 1 January 2011; • Be employed by an official statistics agency; and • Be prepared to travel to Dublin in August 2011 to present the paper.
Please submit papers, in MS Word or compatible format, to email@example.com You can submit questions you may have about the competition to the same e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is 18 February 2011. The winners will be announced by the end of May 2011.
In Arial, Times New Roman, or other standard (size 12) font, with side, top, and bottom margins of 1 inch.