F. James Rohlf, Distinguished Professor
Dept. Ecology & Evolution, Stony Brook University
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Subject: CSNA: The Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award
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The Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award
supported by Chapman and Hall/CRC
The Award will be for the best PhD (or approximately equivalent doctoral)
dissertation nomimated by an annual deadline. The theme is clustering,
classification, related areas of data analysis, encompassing both
associated theory and/or applications.
The Award is administered by CSNA. An evaluation committee is set up by
CSNA to evaluate the nominated theses. This committee should have between
3 and 5 members. The chair of the committee is appointed by the CSNA
President. The committee is selected by the committee chair, in
conjunction with the CSNA President, and is approved by the CSNA Board.
In 2007-2008, the evaluation committee is: Fionn Murtagh (chair, Dept. of
Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London), Samantha Prins
(Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics, James Madison University), Douglas
Steinley (Dept. of Psychological Sciences, University of
Missouri-Columbia) and Willem Heiser (Dept. of Psychology, University of
Members of the evaluation committee must declare any potential conflict of
interest. A member of the evaluation committee cannot play any role in
regard to evaluating his/her own PhDs, nor also in regard to nominations
where there has been a direct collaborative link (e.g. through joint
Nominations will be through the evaluation committee chair. It may be
useful to have printed copies sent to committee members, but in any case
web-accessible versions have to be made available. The evaluation panel
may seek one or two external referee reports for each nominated
Typical criteria for nomination for the Award include: (i) the most
innovative or impressive work in theory/methodology, or the most
innovatative or well developed application(s); and (ii) the literature
review has to be thorough.
Nominations are to be received by 1 February each year, from the author
(PhD), their advisor/supervisor, or other related person. Nomination
includes the name and contact points, an online copy of the dissertation,
and a short description of why the dissertation merits the award (see
above). A decision is made by the evaluation committee by 1 May. The
evaluation committee can recommend one award; an award and a runner-up;
two joint winners; or other combinations if they think it appropriate.
For the next submission deadline, 1 February 2008, nominated PhDs have to
have been successfully completed in the calendar years 2005, 2006 or 2007.
Awards are ratified by the CSNA Board. Publicity is made in the CSNA and
other newsletters, and on relevant websites. The short-list of nominated
dissertations will also be openly published.
For non-English language theses, it is requested to provide an extended
abstract, and (where relevant) pointers to papers associated with the
thesis that have been published.
In 2008 the Award totals US$ 500 in book vouchers from Chapman and
Hall/CRC. The winner will be invited to make a presentation in a special
plenary session at the CSNA Annual Meeting. Up to $500 of the Award
winner's travel expenses to the Annual Meeting will be covered by CSNA.
Contact for information and nominations: fmurtagh at acm . org