Samuel Kou wins COPSS Award


At JSM this year we learned that Samuel Kou of Harvard’s Department of Statistics won the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) President’s award. The award is given annually to

a young member of the statistical community in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the profession of statistics. The recipient of the Presidents’ Award must be a member of at least one of the participating societies. The candidate may be chosen for a single contribution of extraordinary merit, or an outstanding aggregate of contributions, to the profession of statistics. 

Samuel’s work spans a wide range of areas from biophysics to MCMC to model selection with contributions in the top journals in statistics and elsewhere. He is also a member of a highly selective group of people who have been promoted to full Professor at Harvard’s Department of Statistics. (Bonus points to those who can name the last person to achieve such a distinction.)

This is a well-deserved honor to an exemplary member of our field.