Awards, Honors and Service

This page summarizes some of the main awards obtained by the Statistics department members.

The awards are divided into three categories:

Our faculty also has a distinguished record of service to Berkeley.

National Award

National Medal of Science

  • Jerzy Neyman (1968) ("For laying the foundations of modern statistics and devising tests and procedure that have become essential parts of the knowledge of every statistician.")
  • David Blackwell (2014) a posthumous award

National Academy of Sciences

  • David Aldous (Foreign Associate, 2010)
  • Peter Bickel (1986)
  • David Blackwell (1965)
  • Leo Breiman (2001)
  • Steve Evans (2016)
  • Leo Goodman (1974)
  • Michael Jordan (2010)
  • Erich Lehmann (1978)
  • Charles Stone (1983)
  • Kenneth Wachter (1999)
  • Bin Yu (2014)

National Academy of Engineering

  • Michael Jordan (2010)

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows

  • David Aldous (2004)
  • Peter Bickel (1986)
  • David Blackwell (1969)
  • David Brillinger (1993)
  • David Freedman (1991)
  • Leo Goodman (1973)
  • Michael Jordan (2011)
  • Erich Lehmann (1975)
  • Ken Wachter (1996)
  • Bin Yu (2013)

MacArthur Fellows

Guggenheim Fellowships

  • Peter Bickel (1970)
  • David Brillinger (1975,1982)
  • Leo Goodman (1959)
  • Erich Lehmann (1955, 1966, 1979)
  • Chuck Stone (1980)
  • Bin Yu (2006)

Sloan Research Fellowships

  • Sourav Chatterjee (2007; Mathematics)
  • Noureddine El Karoui (2008; Mathematics)
  • Steve Evans (1993; Mathematics)
  • Elchanan Mossel (2005; Mathematics)
  • Benjamin Recht (2012; Mathematics)
  • Allan Sly (2012; Mathematics)
  • Yun S. Song (2008; Molecular Biology)
  • Martin Wainwright (2005; Computer Science)

Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering

  • Yun S. Song (2008)

John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science

(from National Academy of Sciences)

  • David Freedman (2003)

Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research

  • Terry Speed (2008)

Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation

  • Terry Speed (2012)

Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Science

  • Terry Speed (2013)

CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science

  • Terry Speed (2014)

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

  • Ben Recht (2013)

Jerome Sacks Award

  • Terry Speed (2014)

William R. Kenan, Jr. Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching

  • Deborah Nolan (2013-2014)

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Awards in the profession

Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) Presidents

  • Bin Yu (2014)
  • Jim Pitman (2007)
  • Terry Speed (2004)
  • David Brillinger (1995)
  • Peter Bickel (1981)
  • Elizabeth Scott (1978)
  • Lucien Le Cam (1973)
  • Erich Lehmann (1961)
  • David Blackwell (1956)
  • Jerzy Neyman (1949)

Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) Awards

Presidents' Award [For statistician under age 41].

  • Peter Bickel (1981)
  • David Donoho (1994)
  • Mark van der Laan (2005)
  • Martin Wainwright (2014)

R. A. Fisher Lectureship [On statistical methods for scientific investigation].

  • Leo Goodman (1968)
  • David Blackwell (1986)
  • Erich Lehmann (1988)
  • David Brillinger (1991)
  • Terry Speed (2006)
  • Peter Bickel (2013)

F.N David Award [For female role model in statistics profession]

  • Juliet P. Shaffer (2003)

George W. Snedecor Award [For recent publication in biometry]

  • Nick Jewell and Mark van der Laan (2005)

ASA Awards

Noether Senior Scholar Award [for Nonparametric Statistics].

  • Erich Lehmann (2000)

Outstanding Statistical Application Award [For a paper in the last two years].

  • Terry Speed (2004)

Wilks Memorial Award [For lifetime contribution to Statistics in broad sense].

  • Jerzy Neyman (1968)
  • Leo Goodman (1985)
  • Erich Lehmann (1996)

IMS Awards

  • Tweedie New Researcher Award: Sourav Chatterjee (2008)

Probability prizes

  • Loeve Prize: David Aldous (1993), Yuval Peres (2001)
  • Rollo Davidson Prize: David Aldous (1980), Steve Evans (1990), Yuval Peres (1995), Sourav Chatterjee (2010), Allan Sly (2013)

IMS Special Lectures

Wald Memorial Lectures

  • David Aldous (1993)
  • Peter J. Bickel (1980)
  • David Blackwell (1976)
  • Leo Breiman (2002)
  • David Brillinger (1983)
  • David Freedman (1998)
  • Lucien M. LeCam (1963)
  • Erich L. Lehmann (1964)
  • Terry Speed (2001)
  • Charles Stone (1994)

Rietz Lectures

  • Peter J. Bickel (2004)
  • David Blackwell (1961)
  • Leo Goodman (1983)
  • Jerzy Neyman (1949)
  • Terry Speed (1991)

Neyman Lectures

  • David Brillinger (2005)
  • Michael Jordan (2011)

Bernoulli Society Special Lectures

Tukey Memorial Lecture

  • Bin Yu(2011)

Elected Fellowships in Professional Organizations

IMS FELLOWS

  • David Aldous
  • Peter Bartlett
  • Peter Bickel
  • David Brillinger
  • Ching-Shui Cheng
  • Noureddine El Karoui
  • Steve Evans
  • David Freedman
  • Leo Goodman
  • Martin Wainwright
  • Michael Jordan
  • Michael Klass
  • Deborah Nolan
  • Jim Pitman
  • John Rice
  • Terry Speed
  • Bin Yu

A.S.A. FELLOWS

  • Peter Bickel
  • David Brillinger
  • Ching-Shui Cheng
  • David Freedman
  • Leo Goodman
  • Michael Jordan
  • Deborah Nolan
  • John Rice
  • Julie Shaffer
  • Terry Speed
  • Philip Stark
  • Bin Yu

AMS Fellows

  • David Aldous (2012 - Inaugural class)
  • Steven N. Evans (2012 - Inaugural class)
  • David Goldschmidt (2012 - Inaugural class)
  • Charles J. Stone (2012 - Inaugural class)
  • Bernd Sturmfels (2012 - Inaugural class)

IEEE Fellows

  • Michael Jordan
  • Bin Yu

IOP Fellows

  • Philip Stark

SIAM Fellows

  • Peter Bickel (2009 - Inaugural class)
  • Michael Jordan (2012)

Fulkerson Prize

(From Mathematical Optimization Society)

  • Alistair Sinclair (2006)

ISBA Fellows

  • Michael Jordan (2014)

Royal Society of London Fellows

  • Terry Speed (2013)
  • David Aldous (1994)

Royal Society of Canada Fellows

  • David Brillinger (1985)

David K. Pickard Memorial Lecture

  • Deborah Nolan (2014)

Graham and Dodd Scroll Award

  • Lisa Goldberg (2012)

Putnam Fellow

  • David Brillinger (1958)

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Berkeley Campus Awards

Distinguished Teaching Award

For excellence in teaching.

Distinguished Research Mentor / Distinguished Faculty Advisor

  • Deborah Nolan (2004)

Miller Research Professorship

  • David Aldous (1993)
  • Peter Bickel (1979)
  • David Brillinger (1973)
  • Steve Evans (2002)
  • David Freedman (1990)
  • Michael Jordan (2008)
  • Erich Lehmann (1962)
  • Yuval Peres (2002)
  • John Rice (2005)
  • Terry Speed (2005)
  • Philip Stark (1999)
  • Bin Yu (2004)

Berkeley Citation

For exceptional scholarship and (especially) exceptional service to Berkeley. Given only upon retirement.

  • Peter Bickel (2006)
  • Leo Breiman (1993)
  • Joe Hodges (1991)
  • Lucien Le Cam (1991)
  • Erich Lehmann (1988)
  • David Blackwell (1988)

Faculty Research Lectures

Given by one or two faculty members who are distinguished for his/her scholarly research. Lecturers are elected by the Academic Senate.

  • Terry Speed (2012)
  • David Blackwell (1971)

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Berkeley Service

UC Berkeley Chancellor

  • Albert Bowker (1971-1980)

UC Berkeley Faculty Service Award

  • Nick Jewell (2013)

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Students

The Statistics Graduate Student Association maintains a list of awards won by students.