Young Statisticians Writing Competition 2017 for early career statisticians

Application Deadline: May 29th 2017

Are you an early-career statistician with the ability to tell data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If so, you are invited to enter the 2017 writing competition. As in past years, the competition is jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). However, this year the competition forms part of the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards programme, and the prize has been renamed “The Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing”.

The Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing recognises the ability of early career statisticians to tell data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way. “Early career” means students or anyone within the first 10 years of their statistical career – whether studying, recently graduated or already working.

The competition is jointly organised by Significance magazine and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society.

“Early career” means students or anyone within the first 10 years of their statistical career – so whether studying, recently graduated or already working, this competition is open to you.

Criteria

  • TheRoyal Statistical Society invite original submissions of between 1,500 and 2,500 words, on the subject of your choosing.
  • Articles could be on work that you have done, or they could explain the work of others. But to stand the best chance of winning, your article needs to demonstrate the power that statistics has to challenge myths, shape decisions and explain the world around us.
  • Articles must be engaging and easy to read. Significance is published for a broad audience of readers, with varying levels of statistical expertise. This means technical terms and mathematics should be kept to a minimum and explained clearly where used.

Benefits:

  • Three finalists will be selected in June, with the winner announced in July at the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony.
  • The winning article will be published in the October issue of Significance, and online at significancemagazine.com.
  • Runners-up will also be published online at the editor’s discretion.
  • The winning author and runners-up will be invited to give presentations based on their articles at a special session of the Royal Statistical Society International Conference (4–7 September 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland).

How to enter

Email submissions as a text/Word file or as a PDF, to significance@rss.org.uk along with a completed entry form which you can download here.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Royal Statistical Society Young Statisticians Writing Competition 2017

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