If you're a current graduate or undergraduate student and have a knack for data visualization, why not submit a paper to the 2014 ASA Statistical Graphics Student Paper Competition? Many of the past winners used R to create interesting displays of data, or created a new package for R (general statistical computing applications are also eligible). Winners will get free registration and a travel allowance to attend the Joint Statistics Meetings, which in 2015 will be held in Seattle. (You'll also get to attend the Statistical Computing Mixer at JSM and participate in the famous door prize giveaway!)

To be considered, you'll need to submit a six-page manuscript by December 14, 2014. I've copied the complete details of the announcement below. Good luck!

The Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics Sections of the ASA are co-sponsoring a student paper competition on the topics of Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics. Students are encouraged to submit a paper in one of these areas, which might be original methodological research, some novel computing or graphical application in statistics, or any other suitable contribution (for example, a software-related project). The selected winners will present their papers in a topic-contributed session at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings. The Sections will pay registration fees for the winners as well as a substantial allowance for transportation to the meetings and lodging.

Anyone who is a student (graduate or undergraduate) on or after September 1, 2014 is eligible to participate. An entry must include an abstract, a six page manuscript (including figures, tables and references), blinded versions of the abstract and manuscript (with no authors and no references that easily lead to identifying the authors), a C.V., and a letter from a faculty member familiar with the student's work. The applicant must be the first author of the paper. The faculty letter must include a verification of the applicant's student status and, in the case of joint authorship, should indicate what fraction of the contribution is attributable to the applicant. We prefer that electronic submissions of papers be in Postscript or PDF. All materials must be in English.

Students may submit papers to no more than two sections and may accept only one section's award. Students must inform both sections applied to when he or she wins and accepts an award, thereby removing the student from the award competition for the second section.

All application materials MUST BE RECEIVED by 5:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the address below. They will be reviewed by the Student Paper Competition Award committee of the Statistical Computing and Graphics Sections. The selection criteria used by the committee will include innovation and significance of the contribution as well as the professional quality of the manuscript. Award announcements will be made by January 15th, 2015.

Additional important information on the competition can be accessed on ASA's "Student Paper Competition/Travel Award to Attend the Joint Statistical Meetings".

Inquiries and application materials should be emailed or mailed to:

Student Paper Competition

c/o Aarti Munjal

Colorado School of Public Health

University of Colorado Denver

aarti.munjal@ucdenver.edu

ASA Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics Section: Student Paper Competition 2014