Awards, Honors, and Service

Awards, Honors, and Service

National Medal of ScienceOur faculty are at the leading edge of statistical research, with 2 National Medal of Science winners, 12 members of the National Academy of Science, multiple members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur Fellowship ("Genius Grant") winners, and Sloan Fellows, to name just some of the awards held by our esteemed faculty.

In 2018, UC Berkeley opened Blackwell Hall, a residence hall for new freshmen located on Bancroft and Dana, named after David Blackwell, one of the department's ten founders and also the first Black professor to ever receive tenure at UC Berkeley. Learn more about Blackwell Hall.

This page summarizes some of the main awards received by the Statistics Department faculty members. 

 

Awards of a national and/or interdisciplinary nature.

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)
  • David Freedman (John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science, 2003)
  • Leo Goodman (1974)
  • Michael Jordan (2010)
  • Erich Lehmann (1978)
  • Charles Stone (1983)
  • Kenneth Wachter (1999)
  • Bin Yu (2014)
National Academy of Medicine
  • Nicholas P. Jewell (2017)
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

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

  • 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)

Sloan Research Fellowships

Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering
Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research
  • Terry Speed (2008)
Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation
Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Science
CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Ben Recht (2013)
Jerome Sacks Award
William R. Kenan, Jr. Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching

Awards and honors more specifically related to Statistics and associated academic fields.

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

All 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

All awards

Probability prizes
IMS Special Lectures

Wald Memorial Lectures

Rietz Lectures

Neyman Lectures

Bernoulli Society Special Lectures

Tukey Memorial Lecture

Elected Fellowships in Professional Organizations

IMS Awards Recipients

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)

NAE Fellows

  • Mike Jordan

Mortimer Spiegelman Award

For contributions to public health (under age 40).

  • Mark van der Laan (2004)

Myrto Lefkopolou Lectureship

At Harvard Biostatistics (15 years from Ph.D.)

  • Mark van der Laan (2005)

Charles L. Odoroff Memorial Lecture

At University of Rochester.

  • Mark van der Laan (2007)

Fulkerson Prize

  • Alistair Sinclair (2006)

G. de B. Robinson Award

For best paper in the Canadian Journal of Mathematics.

  • Steve Evans (1996)

Awards bestowed on faculty members by the Berkeley campus.

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, 2017)
  • Erich Lehmann (1962)
  • Yuval Peres (2002)
  • John Rice (2005)
  • Terry Speed (2005)
  • Philip Stark (1999)
  • Bin Yu (2004, 2016)
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)
UC Berkeley Faculty Service Award
  • Nicholas P. Jewell (2013)
UC Berkeley Chancellor
  • Albert Bowker (1971-1980)