ICSA Awards

ICSA calls for nomination of Pao-Lu Hsu award

About Pao-Lu Hsu Award:

The Pao-Lu Hsu Prize is presented every three years by the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA), usually at an ICSA conference, to an individual under the age of 50, who makes influential and fundamental contributions to any field of statistics and probability, and exemplifies Hsu's deep involvement in developing statistics and probability research with significant impact on education.

The first Pao-Lu Hsu Award was announced in 2012 and presented in the 9th ICSA International Conference in Hong Kong, 2013. Professor Jianqing Fan (Princeton), Professor Xiao-Li Meng (Harvard), and Professor Bin Yu (UC Berkeley) shared the first ICSA Pao-Lu Hsu Award.

Hsu, who was born in 1910, was as a pioneer and founder of the newly formed discipline of statistics and probability in china. Hsu was best known for his rigorous research with depth and breadth, and for his profound impact on younger generations. He became the first professor of statistics and probability, Beijing University, in 1940. In 1948, he was elected to the very first class of Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He published about 40 articles; see ``Pao-Lu Hsu Memorial Collection'' published by Peking University Press for more details.

The prize is open to all nationalities. Priorities are given to the candidates whose work contributes greatly to the research and education of Chinese statisticians. The award recipient will speak at an ICSA International Conference. The award includes $3000 in cash prize.


For the next PL Hsu award which will be given in the 10th ICSA International Conference in Shanghai, P.R. China in 2016, an individual is eligible if he/she was born on or after January 1, 1965.

Nomination Process:

Send the following materials to Award Committee Chair, Professor Heping Zhang, via email to the ICSA office with the subject entitled "PL Hsu Award Nomination". Items below can be sent as pdf, ps or plain text attachments.

(A) Nomination letter which include the following information: nominator's name, mail/email address and phone number; nominee's name, date of birth, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information; a summary of the supportive evidences that are the basis for the nomination. The length of the nomination letter should not exceed 3 pages. 

(B) Nominee's current CV.

(C) Three letters of recommendation.


All nominations must be received by February 28, 2015. Subsequent deadlines will be announced by the ICSA.

Additional Information: 

The ICSA Pao-Lu Hsu Award Committee will review nominations. Nominators and the recipient will be notified by August 2015.

ICSA Awards and President’s Citation

  • Outstanding Service Award

    In recognition and with sincere appreciation for the dedicated effort, unselfish support and outstanding service.


  • Distinguished Achievement Award

    In recognition of the distinguished achievement in statistical research and unselfish support of the association.


  • President's Citation

    In grateful appreciation of the generosity, dedication and devoted effort for ICSA.


Lingzi Lu Memorial Award

An award is being created by the American Statistical Association (ASA) in partnership with the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) in remembrance of Lingzi Lu. The first-year student in the master's program in statistics at Boston University lost her life in the senseless bombing at the Boston Marathon in April 2013. She was an ambitious, talented and vibrant student, who eagerly looked forward to a career as a master's-level statistician.

Through the Lingzi Lu Memorial Award, the ASA and the ICSA will support the studies of similarly dedicated people who are in master's programs in statistics or who have recently earned their master's degree in statistics. The hope is that in so doing, the award will honor not only the memory of Lingzi, but also the talented statistician she would have become. The award will provide support for travel to the ASA's annual Conference on Statistical Practice.

Qualifications: To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a master's degree program in statistics or biostatistics at the time of application for the award, or must have completed a master's degree in statistics or biostatistics no more than two years prior to the time of application for the award.

Application Process: Application and deadline information will be announced each year by the ASA and the ICSA through each organization's member-communications channels. Applications will be received by the ASA, and the award recipient will be selected by a committee jointly appointed by the ASA and the ICSA.

To contribute online to the award fund, please click here (part way down the form are instructions for how to designate your contribution to the Lingzi Lu Memorial Fund). Those individuals or companies that contribute at least $500 or $2500, respectively, by December 31, 2013, will be gratefully acknowledged as "Founding Contributors" on this website.

ICSA Student Travel Awards

The Student travel award is sponsored by the Annual ICSA Applied Statistics symposium. The main purpose of the award is to encourage student members of ICSA to participate and present their research work at the annual symposium. Travel award winners will be selected by the Awards Committee annually.

The recipients of the “ICSA Student Travel Award" will present the award papers at an invited paper session entitled “ICSA Student Award Session” during the symposium. Each recipient will also receive a plaque commemorating the event and the same monetary sum as the Jiann-Ping Hsu Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Sciences Student Paper Award.

Jiann-Ping Hsu Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Sciences Student Paper Award

The award was established in 2004 through the "Jiann-Ping Hsu Memorial Fund" endowed by Dr. Karl Peace. It is intended to encourage students who engage in innovative research in Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Sciences, where Dr. Hsu, a long term and dedicated ICSA member, had a distinguished career and high impact.

The awardee will be selected by a designated committee at the annual ICSA Applied Statistics Symposium along with other student travel awards. The recipient of the "Jiann-Ping Hsu Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Sciences Student Paper Award" will present the award paper at an invited paper session entitled "Jiann-Ping Hsu Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Sciences" during the symposium. The recipient will also receive a plaque commemorating the event and the same monetary sum as the other student travel awards.