The Presidents' Award is given annually by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies to a person under the age of 40, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics. Unquestionably a highly prestigious award in the field, it has been described as "the Nobel Prize of Statistics"; one other alumnus and five of the present faculty from Stanford Statistics have been likewise honored.
Five statistical societies are represented by the Committee and sponsor the award:
- The American Statistical Association (ASA)
- The Statistical Society of Canada (SSC)
- The Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS)
- The Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society (ENAR)
- The Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society (WNAR)
Now on the faculty of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, John Storey is the William R. Harman '63 and Mary-Love Harman Professor in Genomics as well as Director of the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. His Presidents' Award was presented during the recent Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle.