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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Monroe G. Sirken Award

About the Award

The Sirken Award in Interdisciplinary Survey Research Methods Research is given annually to a distinguished survey researcher for contributions to interdisciplinary survey research that improve the theory and methods of collecting, verifying, processing , presenting  or analyzing survey data. 

The Sirken Award winner, who will also be called the Sirken Lecturer, will be selected by an ASA committee and will present the Sirken Award Lecture at the Joint Statistical Meetings during the year she/he was selected.  A luncheon honoring the Sirken Lecturer will be held at JSM as well.  The first Sirken Award was presented at JSM 2015.

However, beginning with the 2018 award cycle, the lead society for selecting the recipients of the Sirken Award will alternate every two years between the ASA and the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).  Both societies will be responsible for publicizing the Award regardless of who was the lead society. 

The award would be presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in 2018 and 2019 (“ASA years”), at the AAPOR annual meeting in 2020 and 2021 (“AAPOR years”), and so on. A luncheon honoring the Sirken Award winner will take place at the conference in which the award is presented. The focus of the award would change biennially as follows:

During ASA years, the Award would recognize the contributions of individuals who improved the utility and efficiency of sample surveys by applying the theories and methods of the statistical, computer and information sciences. 

During AAPOR years, the award would recognize the contributions of individuals who improved the utility and efficiency of sample surveys by applying the theories and methods of the social, psychological, and cognitive sciences.    

Investment and administration of the Sirken Award fund will be the responsibility of the ASA.  

Nominations

Nominations are due by December 15, and the award and lecture are presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings or the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research the following year.

A nomination packet should include a nominating letter, three supporting letters, and a curriculum vita for the nominee. Send nominations to awards@amstat.org or via mail to 732 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, attention Award Nominations.