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C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize for Outstanding Research in Statistics

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The C. R. Rao and Bhargavi Prize honors outstanding and influential innovations in the theory and practice of mathematical statistics, international leadership in directing statistical research, and pioneering contributions by a recognized leader in the field.

Dr. RaoC. R. Rao held the Eberly Chair in Statistics at Penn State University from 1988-2001. He now serves as Holder Emeritus of the Eberly Chair in Statistics. He was the founding Director of the Center for Multivariate Analysis. A President's National Medal of Science Laureate, Dr. Rao is recognized worldwide as one of the pioneers of modern statistical theory, with multifaceted distinctions as a mathematician, researcher, scientist, and teacher. His pioneering contributions to mathematics and statistical theory and applications have become part of undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics, econometrics, electrical engineering, and many other disciplines at most universities throughout the world.

The C. R. Rao and Bhargavi Prize is awarded every two years to an outstanding statistician. Individuals previously nominated for the Rao Prize may be considered by the Rao Prize Committee.  Nominations should include a CV and a supporting letter or letters.  Committee members will consider nominations for the 2013 award through June 1, 2013.  The award recipient will receive a medal, a cash prize, and an invitation to visit Penn State and give a talk. 

Please submit nomination materials to Dr. Hunter at: depthead@stat.psu.edu.

Previous C. R. and Bhargavi Rao Prize recipients were:

2003 - Bradley Efron, the Max H. Stein Professor in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University.

2005 -  Jayaram Sethuraman, former Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor and current Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at Florida State University

2007 -  Lawrence D. Brown, Miers Busch Professor and Professor of Statistics at the  Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

2009 -  Peter J. Bickel, Professor of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley

2011 -  James O. Berger, The Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics at Duke University