Awards & Honors

Recent Award Winners

Yash Nair Undergraduate Thesis Prize

Yash Nair awarded 2022 Department’s Undergraduate Prize

May 12, 2022

The Department has decided to award the 2022 Undergraduate Department of Statistics Prize to Yash Nair for his superb coursework in the concentration and for an outstanding thesis.  Congratulations on your achievement, Yash!

The Undergraduate Department of Statistics Prize was founded in 2020.  It is given annually to the graduating senior concentrator who has the best overall performance (as indicated by coursework results and thesis) and who has contributed significantly to the department....

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Five Hoopes Winners in the Statistics Department

May 6, 2022

Congratulations to the below concentrators (and their advisors) on receiving Hoopes Prizes for their outstanding theses!  This year, we are thrilled to have the following five winners in our Department:

  • Jay Chandra for his project entitled “Classification of Continuous Natural Human Behavior Using Intracranial Field Potentials”—supervised and nominated by Professor Gabriel Kreiman
  • Rachel Guo for her project entitled “On the Effect of Ranger Patrols on Deterring Poaching: A Bayesian Approach for Causal Inference Using Field Tests as an Instrument”—...
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2021 Dempster Prize awarded to Ambarish Chattopadhyay

March 31, 2022
The Department of Statistics is pleased to announce the 2021 Dempster Prize will be awarded to Ambarish Chattopadhyay for his paper (with Jose Zubizarreta) "On the implied weights of linear regression for causal inference".
Congratulations to Ambarish! We had a large number of very strong applications for the prize. We are very grateful to all of those who took part in the competition.
Previous winners of the Dempster Prize are: Lu Zhang in 2020;...
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Past Award Winners

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Departmental Awards

2020 Awards

The Department of Statistics awarded the 2020 Dempster Prize to Lu Zhang for her “Floodgate: inference for model-free variable importance.”



Pickard Award

David Pickard

Once every two years, the David Pickard Teaching Awards will be given to individuals who examplify excellence in teaching.

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Additional Awards & Honors


Bok Teaching Award

The Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates is given each year to five teaching fellows who have been nominated by their departments.

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Hoopes Prize

From the estate of Thomas T. Hoopes, Class of 1919, Harvard has received a fund from which to grant annual awards to undergraduates on the basis of outstanding scholarly work or research.

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